After passing the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, it's now the Senate's turn. Passage of the minimum wage hike in the Senate is more complicated, and there are concerns that the bill will have to be amended to include billions in small business tax cuts, in order to avoid a fillibuster. House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel is not impressed:
“Why do you need a tax break to do the right thing?..Maybe [Senator Baucus] doesn’t have a strong feel for the depth of support that this bill has…I strongly disagree that this thing would be filibustered.”
“The Tipping Point” is the name of Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book that studies when social phenomena move from outsider status to mass happenings. Though Gladwell draws on all kinds of science and research, the bottom line is that these flips are unpredictable. They just kind of happen, leaving many experts scratching their heads, trying to explain why.
We appear to have crossed a tipping point in the use of web video in politics, and it happened this past week. A lot of groundwork had been laid before now, but all the pieces seemed to come together in the space of a few days. Some of that groundwork came from pioneers in the medium who labored for a long time in obscurity. And some came from the presidential campaigns that readied themselves for their recent tech kickoffs. For whatever reasons, it’s coming together now.
The icing on the cake is the validation from the mainstream media. Many pieces and TV news segments are coming out of this, but the Washington Post did a particularly good job in giving an overview and analysis. Here’s one excerpt:
If last year was the year of the rogue videographers, the already-underway 2008 presidential campaign is likely to be remembered as the point where Web video became central to the communications strategy of every serious presidential candidate.
Playing defense is only one use of Web video. Equally important, the candidates and their staffs see Web-based video as an inexpensive and potentially significant tool for telling their campaign story without the filters of the traditional media.
Call it the YouTube effect, and it is only growing.
Congratulations to Vice President Al Gore, whose documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” received two Oscar nominations this morning. It is heartening to see the academy recognize Gore’s achievement: transforming a presentation on global warming into an entertaining and vitally important documentary.
"Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, yesterday endorsed a new resolution opposing President Bush's buildup of troops in Baghdad, as even some of the most loyal Republicans scrambled to register their concerns and distance themselves from an unpopular policy.
The resolution, unveiled the day before the president's State of the Union address, is expected to garner the support of many Senate Republicans -- especially those facing reelection next year. The measure appeals to many rank-and-file Republicans because it allows them to voice their differences with the administration without embracing the highly critical language of another bipartisan resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), one of the sharpest critics of the administration's Iraq policy.
By last night, Warner had already met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and the two camps were negotiating a single resolution likely to be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday...."
Be sure to check out the e-mail below from our NPI director, Peter Leyden. With so many people employing new tools (such as video) in politics lately, NPI's message has been resonating. Where we go from here is going to be interesting, for sure....
Let the New Politics begin! In the first few weeks of the nascent 2008 campaign, we've already seen innovations that are changing the game for everyone working in politics.
The New Politics Institute has been championing these changes for the last 18 months and we are well-positioned to help progressives of all stripes and all levels of politics take advantage of the new tools and new strategies, with insightful research and analysis on a broad range of topics:
NPI recently launched a new series of reports entitled "Re-imagining Video." So if you are watching Hillary's video chats or Barack Obama's YouTube announcement, and asking yourself "how do I do that?", then you won't want to miss this series. Also, be sure to check out Simon's recent essay on changing political TV ads.
Our New Media Checklist is a must-read and provides a clear strategy for mastering new media trends.
One of the next big developments in communications is wireless and NPI fellow Tim Chambers recently wrote a groundbreaking paper on the future of mobile media. Read it, and you'll understand that text messages from John Edwards about his next speech are only the tip of the iceberg in this exciting space.
And in an era where video is moving away from traditional TV and directly to the Internet, progressives must begin using search ads and search optimization techniques, just like our counterparts in the private sector.
Progressives are stepping into the void left by a decade of failed conservative leadership and showing great promise in offering solutions to the unique challenges of governing in the 21st century. But being right on the issues is not always enough.
In the 2008 cycle and beyond, progressives must continue to innovate and communicate our ideas in ever more compelling ways. We must adopt new tools that allow citizens to connect and contribute to our efforts in politics and government. The New Politics Institute will be there to bring the best minds in the media, tech, and political worlds together to help drive that innovation and spread the adoption of the new tools.
On this 34th anniversary of the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, we celebrate how Roe v. Wade has improved and protected the lives and health of women and their families. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi released a statement today calling for the 110th Congress to put an end to the destructive policies of the past that allowed politics to trump science. At the same time that we applaud the Speaker’s statement and celebrate that most American women continue to have access to safe, legal abortions, we are reminded that the fight to protect women’s health and safety is not over.
Bill Richardson isn't the first candidate to announce he's running for President by posting an online video announcement, but he is the first to do it in English and Spanish. It's worth thinking about how his appeal to Spanish-speaking voters might impact the Democratic primary campaign. As we've written about many time before, Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic group in the country and are increasingly disaffected with conservatives in the wake of the ongoing battle over immigration reform.