John Edwards is running a campaign like you’ve never seen- and he’s got the tools to do it. He’s getting his hands dirty in the homes of voters.

While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are senatizing themselves and raising money, Edwards is in Pennsylvania, making videos and posting them on youtube and his blog. One Corps, the nationwide people-helping-people program he founded, is a grassroots coalition of American citizen volunteers. Edwards was with one of the groups working to make a woman’s home more energy efficient.

Is this the future of campaigning? Instead of photo op’s and planned media events, the politician makes the media (in real situations, with his own editors), and then distributes it on the Internet. Off the TV and into the computer.

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does anyone else think the “game” of politics has gone a little too far? i mean- come on. the democratic primary is more than a year away and already the nominees are going full speed ahead. and they aren’t even jockeying for positions on important issues or trying to gain voter support. no, it’s not time for that yet. what comes first is what will really determine who’s on the ballot in ’08- $$$.

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the supposed “front-runners,” are in a mad dash to see who can get the financing from major contributors. Clinton is feeling pressure from her base givers, some see more star power in Obama.

And what about star-power? Is charisma the only thing voters look for in candidates? Obama- certainly a man with a huge future and massive potential, seems to be little more than an inexperienced senator with big dreams.

Everyone agrees that politics in Washington needs reform. Maybe this is a good place to start. Is it really necessary to spend years campaigning? (Especially when you’re a member of the Senate and you actually have a job to do…but that’s another issue.)

The whole “conversation,” which Hillary initiated and Edwards followed in the footsteps of, is a ploy to make voters think they have a real say in what issues the candidates take on. Maybe the candidates will listen- i’m no cynic. But i can’t see a correlation between raising millions to finance campaigns and caring enough to hold online “chats” with the people.