Using the Net liberally
Jonah Goldberg says the Democrats don't have inherent advantages on the Net:
[E]nough with the metaphysical mumbo jumbo about how the Web and liberalism were made for each other. The real story is much simpler: Liberalism is having a nice moment. It's because the Republican president and the Iraq war are very unpopular.
The energy is on liberalism's side -- and that translates into success in the digital world. Conservative media and FreeRepublic-style activists prospered in the Clinton 1990s because that's when they were on offense. And it's always more exciting -- and easier -- to be on offense. In the Bush years, it's the other way around.
...What do these campaigns have in common? Brilliant Web gurus and shiny Web 2.0 warp drives? No. They have candidates with broad appeal among affluent, Web-savvy leftists who tend to contribute money via the Web.
He's got a point, up to a point. Things change quickly on the Net, and no group will own it as it becomes more and more a part of everyday culture and habit.
But in the near term, he may be underestimating the Democrats' lead in terms of organization and strategy.