Scobleizer – On the Campaign Trail

Scoble is out on the campaign trail with John Edwards.  Below (at the bottom) are some of his thoughts on how the campaign is embracing technology in the ever-so-uphill quest for the keys to the White house.

There are a lot of things I wish I knew about John Edwards that I probably won’t learn – at least in time to affect my vote (whatever it may be – I’m pretty party agnostic – more Libertarian than anything).

What would I like to know?  Not if he supports the war in Iraq or not – those who say they don’t say they still support the troops.  Those who say they do probably aren’t paying attention – so I don’t really have any idea what they think of thing dealing with our military and our national defense – like:

  • How important is it to you that we honor the commitments we made to our Veteran’s over the last 60 years – and how will we be able to keep those commitments to the casualties of this war?  Will they have health care for life, free college educations, and all the other benefits we have promised them?  And if so, where is this on your list of really important stuff like healthcare, Social Security reform, repealing tax cuts, etc?  How will you pay for it?  What are you willing to give up for it?  What, for crying out loud, does your priority list look like?
  • What are your basic views on Federal verse State powers?  Do you think a strong centralized government is more efficient at spending tax dollars than local authorities are?  If you do, what’s your example?
  • What are your thoughts on doing something a little outlandish, like enacting a Federal Lottery – with the proceeds earmarked ONLY to send any deserving and qualified child to a fully funded four year college?  Why shouldn’t we spend tax dollars on sending the best of our future to school?  We’ve certainly blown gazillions of dollars wasted on things like bridges to nowhere, or bovine methane gas release studies.

See – I don’t care what John Edwards says on the Today Show, or when he talks to the Washington post.  I want to know what he says around the dinner table, when his friends and relative are there, and they are all being really honest – that’s the candidate I will vote for — even if I don’t agree with everything he believes in. 

I just need a candidate I can believe in.  And to do that, I need to trust them.  And to trust them, I need to know them.


Another key moment for me? Being in a small New Orleans house with John Edwards, his campaign staff checking their Blackberries for news reports. Yes, they read TechMeme and Memeorandum. Gabe will like that. Oh, and Technorati and IceRocket.

They’ve discovered that by using “the RSS tap” they can listen and talk about what people say, even when they are getting called idiots for various things.

If I were on a campaign I’d start a blog called “the idiotic thing” which would display the idiotic thing they did and either apologize for it, or answer it.

I’d add a blog of idiotic things to my RSS tap.

Source: Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger


  1. Here’s what Edwards’ has on his web-page about the issues he wants to work on. Not too much there seeing how it’s only 38 words long. Seems like a presidential candidate would have a lot more topics on the “issues” page.