This is kind of interesting. A story on how Joe Trippi is recommending that the e-mail list of donors and supporters (circa 600,000) that Howard Dean has gathered NOT be given over to the Democratic Party. These folks signed on with Dean, the person, and not necessarily the Demo nominee, he says. Also note that he blames the downturn in Dean’s fortunes on the effects of the Gore ednorsement. He said that sparked a torrent of media scrutiny and attacks from rival candidates. But in this Reuters story he blames the internet for Deans downfall.
"Internet activism that thrust up the Howard Dean U.S. election campaign later hobbled the organizations ability to respond to criticism in the weeks before the primaries, Deans former campaign manager said on Monday.
Joe Trippi, who resigned after defeats in Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary, said the direct involvement of so many Internet supporters deprived the campaign of the traditional weapon of political surprise.
We were having a real problem with how to say, "We could be in real trouble here," Trippi told a technology conference of the tactical trouble the Dean campaign had in balancing the need to keep supporters informed."