New Tools in 2008

As our New Politics Institute has stated, with the evolution of technology comes new tools which open up politics in ways we've never seen before. These new tools are reminiscent of how the introduction of radio and television changed politics. In last night's South Carolina primary, the 2008 version of these tools was showcased in all its utility. A few examples of what the Obama campaign did last night in particular:

  1. Prior to his victory speech, they sent out an e-mail message to supporters with a very personal message:
  2. We've just won a big victory in South Carolina.

    After four great contests in every corner of this country, and another record turnout today, we have the most votes, the most delegates, and the most diverse coalition of Americans we've seen in a long, long time.

    You'll have a chance to make your voice heard next Tuesday, February 5th -- and I am counting on you.

    I'll be heading down shortly to thank our supporters in South Carolina.

    If you're reading this tonight, I hope you'll tune in at home so I can thank you, too.


  3. They also sent that same message to its supporters on Facebook who have added the Obama application.
  4. They also sent a text message to those who have signed up about the win and telling supporters to mobilize for February 5th.

It has been exciting to watch all of the candidates wrestle with and use tools like these to their advantage. It's something I'm sure we'll see much more in the days ahead. In fact, the Obama campaign just released a new Spanish language phone banking tool worth checking out.