Who will Barack Obama wine and dine next? (Or coffee and chat if Bill Kristol is to be believed.) An interesting addition to yesterday’s liberal gabfest was Andrew Sullivan and not just because he now finds himself in the Liberal camp! Sullivan, while certainly established in the print world, primarily and successfully wields his influence online — unlike say, MoDo, or Tom Friedman, or Peggy Noonan, or any of the other pundits invited to these cozy chats whose presence online is merely a result of their print columns being posted.
All of which made us wonder whether Obama, as he prepares to usher in the so-called ‘Internet presidency,’ intends to have some sort of collective “chat” (iChat, Gchat, AIM?) with the opinion makers of the online world. Surely, in the coming four years the voice of the Internet, as it were were, will collectively prove to be at least as powerful as the op-ed pages of the nations largest newspapers (should they still be printing!). Suggestions who should be on that invite list?