Barack Obama made a strong speech tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina and while i’ve been confident ever since Super Tuesday that the candidacy was his to lose and more recently, all but “signed, sealed, delivered,” it felt especially sweet to walk into my living room tonight and find myself staring at a large poster of the next president of the United States. Anyway, this will undoubtedly drag on, however, it’s nice to celebrate and i’ve got my fingers crossed that somehow, someway, Senator Clinton will wake up Wednesday relieved, refreshed, and bathing in the revelation of reality. It’s time, Hillary, time to put your energy back into the party, time to back Barack. With only six months until election day, I’d love to see the debunking of John McCain take place over the next eight weeks as opposed to a continuation of the embarrassing bickering holding up the Dems campaign. Clinton already announced that she’d be taking the day off, so who knows… perhaps she will step back, mull it over, and do what’s best for herself, the party, and the country.
Congrats to all of the excellent sites that placed in the 2007 awards (press release). I became familiar with techPresident after meeting Micah Sifry at EconSM and then examining the site further at the Knight New Media Center Tech & Politics Conference, which I blogged. My favorite parts of techPresident are the news aggregators by candidate and the charts detailing social network and Web 2.0 presence and support.
The First place, $2,000 winner is the much-deserving Council on Foreign Relations. Their Crisis guides, such as this one on Darfur, are excellent. It would appear CFR is going to take it from there in developing a more robust Web presence — I’ve noticed that they’ve been seeking Web producers throughout the summer.
Other notable sites that won awards/mentions:
— The Forum, an all-volunteer online newspaper for Deerfield, N.H.