Campaign '04: With Friends Like These ...

In his victory speech following the Tennessee and Virginia primaries, Senator John Kerry exhorted his supporters to "go to johnkerry.com and share your ideas." Candidate websites, as Howard Dean famously showed, can be a crucial avenue for galvanizing supporters and raising money. But the "share your ideas" link has its drawbacks too. Along with cheerleading, it gives an outlet for supporters to air their gripes about the candidate. That, in turn, can offer a one-stop shop for both critics and reporters looking for signs of trouble in the campaign. One Kerry watcher last week posted this: "Please stop repeating,...

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