The Campaign on the Web

Nov. 30 1999 3:00 AM

The Campaign on the Web

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The site is utterly disorganized but lovingly maintained by Keyes' acolytes. Its audio and transcript archive of his speeches and radio shows is amazing.

Bottom line: Grassrootsfire and brimstone

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A special page for the Bush campaign exposes Bush's server as the largest single source of visitors to McCain's site and offers 10 reasons why Dubya staffers should browse (Reason No. 1: to contribute). A link to a campaign-finance petition underscores McCain's reformist position. His "Campaign Store" offers "Official Campaign Material" that "may be ordered for a small contribution." A biographical video costs $25. Clicking "John McCain on the Issues" takes you not to his position papers (which requires a further click) but to the "McCain Poll," which invites you to weigh in on a rigged question. Since McCain is presumably too principled to change his mind based on this "poll," it seems to be a participation device for the gullible.

Bottom line: Curious George gets caught

Reform

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When Buchanan switched parties, he also switched his Web site and logo. For a Reform candidate, he's surprisingly upfront about his pro-life plank, though " Cleaning Corruption Out of Government" is (more suitably) his No. 1 issue. His new book, which prompted critics to call him soft on Nazi Germany, is proudly displayed on his home page, so you can judge it for yourself (but first you'll have to buy it). The low-tech site lets Pat's peasant army contribute, join an e-mail list, and browse speeches, press releases, and policy statements.

Bottom line: Peasants with PCs

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