Jim Moore takes an insider peak inside the Dean campaign with Joe Trippi. I like the trends and "findings" that Moore asserts at the beginning of the post (points A to G). Moore finds that campaigns are different now because of very network-centric concepts:
1. Speed (time to battle) is used to eliminate defensive options of your opponents options.
2. Power Distribution (distributed capacity to grassroots field staff and volunteers).
3. Improved situational awareness (everyone is in the "know" fostered by connectivity) of the whole picture.
4. Scaleability and inter-operability (participation by large numbers)
You can spend years looking at the Dean campaign and try to figure out how and why his campaign has "magic" or you read through Department of Defense literature n network-centric systems and realize that political campaigns and advocacy movements are just coming up to speed on things they have developed over the last 20 years. These campaigns are repeatable and based on sound operational theory.