My email to Ric Cantrell of The Senate Site:
Ric,Trust me folks, this was a very difficult email to write, but I believe that it's important to give credit where credit is due.
I'm going to have my liberal card revoked for writing this email, but writing it I am, nonetheless.
What you guys have done with the convention website, and coverage is admirable and impressive.
What better lesson for Democratic leadership in the state that their voice is all but silent today. Even those like myself with allegiance to the party and Democratic ideology are turning to the "Leadership" site (and Tom Gover's live blogging as well, heh) for news of Utah elections. I couldn't even begin to put my frustration at that reality into words right now.
I have to assume we would disagree greatly on what's best for the future of our state when it comes to policy, but you have my utmost respect for what you are bringing to the table in engaging citizens in the process.
And there is no way around this one: The Utah Republican Party is kicking our ass in utilizing new technology to engage voters in the state. I've talked to a multitude of Democrats in the state today that have been relying on the Republican Party's convention website for news (which of course means that the Republican Party currently has total message control for concerned citizens). I've even talked to Democrats who weren't aware there even was a Democratic convention today, where it was, or where they could find information online about how things were going. And I don't need to tell those of you proficient in 21st century technology that this fact is a near polar opposite of the experience voters in other states experience. The national Democratic Party leads by a mile on utilizing cheap, and easy online resources for messaging, fundraising, and building coalitions.
Unexpected circumstance keep me at home today, instead of in the trenches of the convention floor as I had planned, and if I didn't have a good set of cell phone numbers in my contact list, and the sheer nerve to keep calling and pestering folks for updates, I would have no idea (as is probably the case for most other Democrats in Utah right now) what was going on in my own party's convention.
Ridiculous, to say the least.