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Dodd a Web Darling

Presidential campaigns? Creative? Well, they're trying to be, at least online. Indeed the Web is testing the candidates' creativity quotient, and scoring high up on the scale aren't the front-runners -- though former governor Mitt Romney and Sen. Barack Obama's online teams have been relatively adventurous -- but the longer-shot White House hopefuls.

Like Sen. Chris Dodd.

Dodd's Web team has regularly posted one of the more ingenious and effective online graphics: The Talk Clock.

If you feel like Sen. Hillary Clinton, former senator John Edwards and Obama, who lead the national polls and take up most of the press coverage, spoke more than the rest of the Democratic field during last week's debate in Philadelphia, you're right. The Talk Clock tells us that Clinton spoke for 22:01 minutes, followed by Obama at 19:09 and Edwards at 16:32. Even NBC's Brian Williams and Tim Russert, who moderated the debate, out-talked the rest of the candidates, clocking in at 18:26. That's nearly twice as much as Dodd, who for weeks has been the new darling of the liberal blogosphere.

The Doddster's on a roll as a far as the netroots is concerned. The backing of the netroots doesn't guarantee winning the party's nomination. (After all, Howard Dean was a netroots favorite.) But it's such an influential group that candidates don't have a choice but to address them, as Clinton has done. Dodd was the first candidate to declare his opposition to Michael Mukasey's all-but-certain confirmation as attorney general, which the liberal blogosphere appreciated. And the five-term Connecticut senator was equally praised for criticizing a bill granting immunity to telecom companies that aided President Bush's domestic spying program. Big-name bloggers such as Salon's Glenn Greenwald, Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher and MyDD's Big Tent Democrat, among others, singled Dodd out for praise. Daily Kos founder and netroots rock star Markos Moulitsas wrote: "Dodd is now the go-to guy."

And the netroots popularity is translating to online donations. Last week, in yet another creative spin, Dodd sent an faux internal e-mail to his supporters that announced his fundraising strength.

"We're feeling a great deal of momemtum online," Tagaris told The Trail. "And that's what so useful about the Web. Sen. Dodd might not get the same of press, the same kind of coverage, that the other candidates are getting. But online, because of what he's saying and what he stands for, people are finding him."

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  November 5, 2007; 2:28 PM ET
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grassroots supporters did this too:

Posted by: dailykos1 | November 5, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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