Watch the Video Stream: Networked Nation

Watch the Video Stream: Networked Nation

  • Posted on: 23 February 2007
  • By: jmc

I am at the NPR-PBS Conference today checking out what's happening in social media around the country. The following session will broadcast live on the net at 1pm. The discussion is about how Doug Bailey of Unity08 "decided, with a group of former presidential campaign consultants, to form a third party, Unity08, a grassroots political movement that--if you can believe this--intends to nominate a bipartisan Presidential candidate using online technique."

More information is below. Check out the video here at 1:00pm, Feb. 23, 2007:
http://east.streamguys.com/ima2007

Check out the Unity08 website here:http://www.unity08.com/

From the IMA website:

"Friday, Feb 23, 1:00 - 2:00
Presented by:
Doug Bailey, Co-Founder, Unity08

Doug Bailey is mad and he decided that just couldn't take the current state of politics any more. He feels "...that the wheels have come off our political system, that the American Dream is slipping away, and that time is short to get things back on track."

He's been there. He knows how things work. As a Republican political consultant to Jerry Ford and 50+ statewide winners in the 70s and 80s, and founder of "The Hotline," a must-read inside the beltway journal, he's been down the corridors of power. But he thinks things have changed: "[N]either of today's major parties reflects the aspirations, fears or will of the majority of Americans. Both have polarized and alienated the people. Both are unduly influenced by single-issue groups. Both are excessively dominated by money."

Rather than just stew about all this, he decided, with a group of former presidential campaign consultants,* to form a third party, Unity08, a grassroots political movement that--if you can believe this--intends to nominate a bipartisan Presidential candidate using online technique. They're planning to draft an issues agenda rather than a platform , hold a convention and choose a candidate--all online.

Will it work? Decide for yourself.

Hamilton Jordan and Jerry Rafshoon -- veterans of the Carter administration Nicco Mele, webmaster for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign Roger Craver, a Democratic direct-mail consultant intimately involved in John B. Anderson's independent presidential bid in 1980."