President Clinton received the longest applause so far.
Women react to Clinton’s speech:
Wow, the Clinton camp is pulling out all the stops. (more)
Five days, over 2 million views.
Dear Senator Obama,
This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it.
May I describe to you my thoughts?
I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America. Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”
In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates. That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace–that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.
When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?
Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.
There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.
Good luck to you and to us.
News: Mike Huckabee (a pastor himself) has posted a video on GodTube — the Christian video sharing site — backing the site. He states:
Well, the reason GodTube is an important part of the election process is because this myth that Christians ought to keep to themselves in the church, and never get outside — that’s like saying, let’s never let the salt get onto things that are spoiling. Let’s never let the light actually show up in a dark places to illuminate the path.
That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard. The whole point of being a Christian is to penetrate the darkness, is to preserve the things that are spoiling, and I don’t know of anything more spoiled, more decadent, than politics.
So if there’s ever a place where there ought to be a concentration of Christian activity and involvement, I’d say it’s in politics and government.
So GodTube is helping to be that bridge to get people from the world of the spiritual into the mission field of politics.”
Analysis: Smart move for Mike.
News: Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, and Senator Ted Kennedy have officially endorsed Barack Obama. Caroline’s endorsement of Obama yesterday in the NYT op-ed was very moving: She described Obama as the only person she has witnessed in her lifetime who could be a “President Like My Father.” That’s a remarkable statement from a remarkable woman.
Ted Kennedy still knows how to deliver a speech!
Caroline Kennedy endorses Obama
It seems beneath the dignity of a former President of the United States to be the attack dog in a political campaign. I don’t remember President George H.W. Bush playing that role for his son.
Davedays has taken the citizen political video to another level. Take that, Obama girl.
News: Has Hillary Clinton really been reduced to tears?
Analysis: I don’t think this is a good strategy for her. It looks desperate. If it was spontaneous, her people need to give her a rest from the campaigning so she can look strong and energized. If she believes in her cause, she should continue at least until February 5th, but stop trying to be who she’s not.
What do you get when you combine the Matrix with Rocky with a lot of cleavage? Is this the next generation of campaign video?
News: The Des Moines Register and YouTube will be soliciting videos from people on the Iowa caucuses as things unfold. You can submit your video starting today.
I used to be a political junkie in high school and a little in college. Not anymore these days. But I do think I have a modest skill in analyzing the political landscape. Several years ago, I told a friend of mine that Rudy Giuliani will be the front runner to get the Republican nomination. He said there’s no way the conservatives would back him, the guy had too much baggage and liberal leaning social policies. I said, 9/11.
Then, just several months ago, I suggested to another friend that Mike Huckabee has a chance on the Republican side. That was when the political pundits said that he had none. Well, today, Huckabee is leading the polls in Iowa. You heard that right, Huckabee is now on top in Iowa. And he’s surging in the polls nationally. Apparently, getting the endorsement of Chuck Norris helped.
Huckabee’s also surging on YouTube. His first video with Chuck Norris (see below) is, by my account, the only video on YouTube from one of the candidates, Republican or Democrat, that has received over 1 million views.
By the way, none of this post should be taken as my endorsement of any candidate.
News: Six months ago, Labour Party leader Kevin Rudd, who’s now running for Aussie Prime Minister, was caught on video cleaning wax from his ear — and then eating it! Eww, I know, that’s nasty. The guy surely should have known the cameras would catch him in the background because he was sitting in the legislature in full view of the cameras.
News: Australian Prime Minister John Howard has already posted seven videos on YouTube in his capacity as Prime Minister. Now, he’s running his re-election campaign on YouTube, too — altough so far the video has received only 8,000 views. (By contrast, Ron Paul in the US election gets over 85,000 views on average per video.)
Analysis: Hmmm. Is it possible that YouTube will help to decide the next leader of both the United States and Australia? All of the US presidential candidates have their own channel on YouTube (with Ron Paul in the lead). It will be fascinating to watch if there’s a single “YouTube moment” that shapes the entire campaign.
News: The Utube Blog’s second report on the presidential candidate videos on YouTube is now available. Ron Paul continues to blow by the entire field of candidates, both Democratic and Republican. Newcomer Fred Thompson had a disappointing first month on YouTube.
(1) Republican candidate Ron Paul continues to be, by a wide margin, the most popular candidate on YouTube, in terms of the average number of views per video (85,194 views per video) and the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel (29,658). He also has the most total views (4,344,904) on YouTube for any presidential candidate (although he does not have the most viewed single video on YouTube—Hillary Clinton does).
(2) Republican candidate Fred Thompson has drawn only a relatively few number of YouTube viewers in the first month of his campaign, maintaining a very low average number of views per video (3,780 views per video). He gained only 581 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His most watched video captured over 55,000 views.
(3) Overall, the videos of all the presidential candidates have drawn only a relatively modest number of views on YouTube, both in terms of the actual views per video and the average number of views per video.
My second report on the presidential candidate videos on YouTube will be out soon. Stay tuned.
News: It’s official: Fred Thompson is running for President. His channel on YouTube is now running.
Analysis: Was this taped from the set of Law & Order?
News: The Detroit Free Press has this excellent article analyzing how YouTube affects, if not frightens, politicians. Here’s a snippet:
“But the angst about how easily it is to ridicule someone online was reflected in the questions I was asked. One woman representative said someone took a picture of her face and superimposed another body underneath that “was dressed in pajamas” and used it in a YouTube parody. “Is that legal?” she asked.
“I couldn’t help but snicker.
“You laugh,” she said, “But that was embarrassing to me.”
“So were the objects of the crude cartoons used to disparage candidates back in the old pamphleteering days, I said. It’s just that the Internet makes political ridicule more immediate. If you’re in the public eye, you’re going to get your’s blackened from time to time.”
News: For the past couple months, I’ve been collecting data on all the presidential candidates’ videos on YouTube. Today, I’m publishing my first report, “Analyzing the Presidential Candidate Videos on YouTube August 2007.”
The report reaches two basic findings for the presidential candidate videos thus far:
(1) The presidential candidates have gained only a relatively modest amount of views and subscribers to their YouTube videos; and
(2) Republican candidate Ron Paul is, by a wide margin, the most popular candidate on YouTube, in terms of the average number of views per video and the number of subscribers to his YouTube channel. He also has the most total views on YouTube for any presidential candidate.
Here’s one slice of the report:
Download the report: The Utube Blog study August 2007.doc
(Copyright permission: Please feel free to copy the report and re-use it, including the graphs, in other works, as long as attribution is given to Professor Edward Lee and The Utube Blog. Thanks.)