FCW Insider: Does it matter if McCain is Internet savvy?
NYT interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
McCain’s Conservative Model? Roosevelt (Theodore, That Is)
“They go on for me,” he said. “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”
Asked which blogs he read, he said: “Brooke and Mark show me Drudge, obviously. Everybody watches, for better or for worse, Drudge. Sometimes I look at Politico. Sometimes Real Politics.”
At that point, Mrs. McCain, who had been intensely engaged with her BlackBerry, looked up and chastised her husband. “Meghan’s blog!” she said, reminding him of their daughter’s blog on his campaign Web site. “Meghan’s blog,” he said sheepishly.
As he answered questions, sipping a cup of coffee with his tie tight around his neck, his aides stared down at their BlackBerries.
As they tapped, Mr. McCain said he did not use a BlackBerry, though he regularly reads messages on those of his aides. “I don’t e-mail, I’ve never felt the particular need to e-mail,” Mr. McCain said.
McCain said the following
McCain: Look, I am going to give you some straight talk. This president came to office in a time of peace, and then we found ourselves in 2001.
And he did not have as much national security experience as I do. So he had to rely more on the vice president of the United States, and that's obvious. I wouldn't have to do that. I might have to rely on a vice president that I select on some other issues. He may have more expertise in telecommunications, on information technology, which is the future of this nation's economy. He may have more expertise in a lot of areas.
But I would rely on a vice president of the United States -- but was Fred said, the primary responsibility is to select one who will immediately take your place is necessary. But the vice president of the United States is a key and important issue, and must add in carrying out the responsibilities of the president of the United States.
Uh, Cindy, it’s one of those 3 a.m. crisis calls — can you sign me on to the Net?
What bothers me is not so much that McCain is uninvolved with the technology, but that he’s willfully uninvolved — an aspiring 21st century leader who simply has neither the interest nor the initiative to take even the easiest steps toward personally participating in 21st century communication. To me, that’s a warning sign of a mind that has stopped exploring, content that it pretty much knows what it needs to know — a common enough quality, but not a good one in a leader.
he doesn't use e-mailneither does DHS Secretary Michael ChertoffAttorney General Alberto Gonzalezal Qaeda terrorist network don't use e-mail either
fascinating piece in The Atlantic magazine
So…I put the question to you:
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