Zephyr is a lot of what i expected: energetic, action-oriented, a real go-getter. She explained to me what she found so depressing about the outcome of the campaign: it wasn't just that we had lost so much, but it seems all the hard lessons we learned are just helping the Republicans. Kerry's campaign isn't using the techniques and tools the Dean campaign developed; they're not communicating with their Meetup hosts and apparently they're even planning to drop Meetup altogether. (There's lots of money coming in, so why bother?) On the other hand, the Bush campaign has picked out exactly what they want from the Dean campaign and left behind the rest. At their house parties, people aren't encouraged to generate their own ideas. The message is strictly controlled and kept on target — so they get the money and votes while sucking the life out of the democratic process.
It was interesting to talk to her. I feel like exciting things could happen if we got her and me and a few other people in a room together. Mitch Kapor really ought to meet her.