Scott Rosenberg passes an interesting comment on the Republican attacks on Dean as a result of some of the entrants for MoveOn.org’s “Bush in 30 Seconds” ad contest.
“… it was clear that the doomsday scenario for political campaigns experimenting with “emergent democracy” went something like this: (a) Overenthusiastic supporter of candidate, “un-controlled” by headquarters, posts something impolitic on a candidate’s blog or message board. (b) Candidate’s opponents jump on the posting, spotlighting it in attack ads as if it were the campaign’s official line. (c) Candidate finds him/herself in trouble, and wonders whether all this idealistic stuff about “emergent democracy” was worth it. … Well, the scenario has now happened — albeit in a somewhat different form…”
Interesting and useful take on the subject.