Thursday, December 28, 2006

John Edwards, The Demo

Edwards insight into high-tech marketing is much deeper than just reaching out to Scoble and popping up on YouTube and Rocketboom. Every candidate this cycle is will be wooing bloggers and throwing campaign videos up onto the net.

Here's the brilliant innovation of the Edwards campaign: he's conducting an open, public, empirical test of his own leadership abilities. He's giving us a demo. That's a high wire act. No net.

The operational definition of a leader is someone with followers. So here's Edwards saying, hey let's get busy and start getting things done now instead of waiting until the election. If people get busy, Edwards is a leader. Kennedy famously challenged the country to, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." But that was in the inaugural address, not the campaign.

Edwards isn't asking for the order on election day. He's asking for it today. And the ask isn't just, "send me money." It's take action on issues. If people respond, Edwards will have delivered an irrefutable demonstration of his leadership.

Unless, of course, the only actions he proposes are like the first one: "holding your own local 'Citizens' Launch' event."

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francine said...

You are right; he's putting it out there. I'll be curious to see whether authenticity wins out over politics. No, he's not totally authentic, but who is?
On another subject, Brad is out here with his two kids visiting. Happy New Year from the past.

Mickeleh said...

Happy New Year to all of you.

There's Edwards and Obama on the charismatic, thoughtful, authentic side. There's Clinton on the carefully calculated triangulation side. Gore standing in the wings, ready to sweep them all aside... and lots more to come.

Ryan M said...

Nice post. Also liked what you had to say at Shel's blog.

*I work with John Edwards

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