The Revolving-Door Online

Tracking politics as it's practiced on the Web.
Oct. 21 2000 12:00 AM

The Revolving-Door Online


Slate, the Industry Standard, and join forces to examine the effect of the Internet on Campaign 2000. 

(Continued from Page 1)

"I think there will be specialist sites not only for industries but even for consumer segments," adds Chris Charron, an analyst with Forrester Research and editor of the February report on online career networks. In the report, Forrester concludes that to survive, the sites must offer career management tools in addition to just job listings, to attract passive job seekers as well as active ones.


CapitolWorks has taken a modest step in that direction, with a section called "The Well." It currently offers a column about how to land a political job, complete with links to other competing job sites in such fields as the nonprofit sector.

But there is one fact working against CapitolWorks and virtually all online job sites: The No. 1 way people find jobs today is still by word of mouth. That's even truer in the insider world of politics.

"The arithmetic of campaign networking is exponential—since you meet anywhere from 10 to 100 people on a campaign, and each of those people has worked on a number of campaigns on which they've met 10 to 100 people," says Tom Bridle, policy director of a Congressional campaign in California and a former staffer with the presidential campaign for Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.

Though that network may hamper CapitolWorks' success, Bridle still gives the site good marks. "I'm sure that soon-to-be-ex-campaign staff will use it," he says. "Any source of information is valuable, the cost is zero and it's an easy-to-use interface." 



Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Sept. 21 2014 1:15 PM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 5  A spoiler-filled discussion of "Time Heist."
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 21 2014 11:38 PM “Welcome to the War of Tomorrow” How Futurama’s writers depicted asymmetrical warfare.
  Health & Science
The Good Word
Sept. 21 2014 11:44 PM Does This Name Make Me Sound High-Fat? Why it just seems so right to call a cracker “Cheez-It.”
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.