Hat tip to reader Greg for sending an email letting me know LP.org had updated the CPAC image on their website (for reference, see here). The is still broken. Looks like our campaign to transform the LP is having some effect. Apparently not much.
It would have been nice if someone from the LP had sent the email though… the number of responses anyone I know has gotten from national remains at ZERO. I’m baffled that we’ve told them we could bring in more donations but they don’t seem to care.
This means we should all work twice as hard at promoting cohesive communications and web strategy within the LP. The proposal will be ready soon, and I don’t think they want us to send this to every delegate… and supporter, and donor, and volunteer whose email address we have. Because we will do that if that’s what it takes. Push comes to shove, we will remove the LNC curmugeons and replace them with grassroots-aware members. The DNC isn’t the only party with a base pissed off at it’s Washington counterparts.
And speaking of big donors, I’ve become aware that Silicon Valley is largely techno-libertarian (and techno-rich, duh). So why is it the Santa Clara County LP website looks like complete bollocks next to the City of San Jose website? Would you trust a party that can’t even outperform the government in the simple area of web design and presentation? This is the level marketplace of ideas, and folks… we’re losing.
Why does the SCLP even need it’s own website? At the very most they need to have a calendar and a news/press release page. That could be a section of the overall CALP site. But wait, isn’t that all the CALP needs? Why not have the tools for the states and localities to manage their content without having to deal with the hassle of web design, hosting, independent newsletters, etcetera etcetera?
This is a systemic problem in the LP, we have thousands of little mediocre websites (no really, look) being maintained by thousands of volunteer and/or paid webmasters when in fact we should be working to build the tools to harness that energy into one website where a visitor could plug in his zip code and be presented with news from every group up the chain. These kinds of tools already exist and would take very little modification… so why doesn’t the LP who know how to implement these types of things?