WaPo, with video (1:48):
Howard Dean's cometlike campaign in 2003 was the first to integrate the Internet into a presidential race, and Joe Rospars was there, a 22-year-old working as an "all-around Web guy" until the campaign suddenly collapsed.Howie P.S.: The article succeeds at what the WaPo does best, drain all the excitment out of the story. Or maybe any writing about political blogging is just boring, because the only fun is "doing it." For a little more fun, check out this photo slideshow by B.G. Johnson of "A few of the people who attended Yearly Kos 2006 in Las Vegas June 8-11, including bloggers, journalists, politicians, and lurkers." How many can you identify?
Four years later, it's not just the upstarts, as Dean was, who have embraced online campaigning. And Rospars is part of a new generation of strategists who share a passionate belief that they can transform not just individual campaigns but also politics itself.
"We're flying by the seat of our pants," Rospars wrote Wednesday night on Obama's blog, "and establishing new ways of doing things every day. We're going to try new things, and sometimes it's going to work, and sometimes it's not going to work. That's the cost and that's the risk of experimenting."