GOP Internet Struggle

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

May 21, 2007

In one of the essential areas for next year's presidential campaign, Republicans are fighting losing battles. The internet has become a true advantage for Democrats.

In the battle for internet popularity, the Democrats have a stronghold, while Republicans struggle to make any headway. Even Michael Turk, who ran President Bush's internet campaign in 2004, said in an interview in the Washington Post that "we're losing the web right now."

Democratic Presidential candidates have raised twice as much money as their Republican counterparts, and their popularity in social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook is unrivaled.

Some say that it may take something drastic before Republicans realize their presence on the web may be a problem.

"Well, one prominent Republican strategist said that he was worried that if Republicans didn't clean up their act on the internet, they would have to feel a White House loss go by before they were convinced that they would have to do something about their standing online," said David Wasserman from the UVa Center for Politics.

Some political analysts say that the problem is that the Republican party just doesn't value the internet as a political tool. On MySpace, no Republican candidate has come close to the number of friends that Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has.

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