This is my first attempt at audio recording and publishing so forgive any newbie errors. Barack and Pho are interrupted a little in the beginning of the audio by an autograph seeker but then it goes a little more smoothly.
Pho would like to know where Barack thinks blogs are going in the political landscape...Barack says ..."he believes in bottom up politics, blogs have the potential of tapping into that grassroots energy in a way that other media doesn't have because it is interactive...and when I look at what happened in my race..the ability of the internet to spread the word about a campaign for a candidate that wasn't that well known it was absolutely critical. It gave people confidence, it reinforced the possibilities to win - the meet ups ended up being a great tool - not only for candidates like me but - they formed great communities of people, that overtime would help elect other candidates and work on other issues- so I think that is the potential.
Now, .. I think the danger of the blogs..(interruption)..is we are only talking to ourselves and people who agree with us. That means then -that ovetime we are just reinforcing our own preceptions and we are not opening up to other ideas and other points of view. So, one of the things I am always trying to figure out, if possible, is how to get different bloggers and different points of view communicating and... so it is continuely a conversation and dialogue, not just all of us cheering each other on. Which is important - but ultimately, we got to make sure we are opening up the entire process to everybody.
Chris asks something along the lines of this (it is a it garbled by background noise)..the senate primary bought out the best of blogs and the worst of blogs..Sen Obama responded ... some of you guys know - I write and taught before I got into politics and the world is perfectable when you write. You can imagine the perfect candidate, the perfect world and the perfect policies and when I am writing - I do not have to vote on some stupid piece of legislation that is one half bad and one half good. So, what happens then is , there is a tendancy for us to get really frustrated, if a candidate, a party or a platform is not subscribing to our ideas ...about where we should go and some of that is useful. I think the blogs have become a useful conscience to the Democratic Party. Where they (the party) start splitting the difference with Republicans over and over - pretty soon they start moving the goal posts way over here and blogs have been a useful corrective to that.
But, I think it is also important though - for every blogger to recognize that "Hey - look - we are operating in the real world and if we've got a situation where we've got a high quality candidate with progressive credentials, who has decided to run and is moving forward against someone whom we know is entirely supportive of George Bushs agenda then we've got to get on with it"
Listen to the sudio for the complete recording. (I've transcribed about half)
Thanks Everyone - Cindy
Updated to fix some spelling errors!
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