If you read the papers or watched TV today, you may have gotten the impression that Edwards announced his run this morning around 9am in front of TV cameras. Wrong! The MSM folks think they still matter and are blind to everything happening outside of their domain.
The first people he directly announced to were about 20 of us bloggers on a teleconference phone call last night around 7pm. Soon afterwards, his campaign posted this video on YouTube, soon followed by the launch of his website.
There are several bloggers, including Ezra Klein and Robert Scoble, who are travelling with Edwards over these couple of days, from NOLA to Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina and North Carolina. At each stop, there is a streaming video from the Town-Hall meeting on his website and he answers the questions sent online. Also at each stop, he spends about 15 minutes meeting with and answering questions from local bloggers.
I know of no other political candidate for any office who so “gets” the new online technologies and how they are changing the way campaigns are waged. I went to check out the HQ today – still unpacked boxes and very few staff – but hearing I was a blogger they were all very helpful and fortright: “We want to make you bloggers happy”!