The Republican Party, after years of being pwned online by the liberal 1337, hastily organize their first ever Tech Conference. Watch out world, next thing you know, Republicans will be e-mailing each other.
“To our friends on the ‘Net, what’s up!” Michael Steele is waving at a tiny video camera at the National Republican Club on Capitol Hill. It’s the Republican Party’s first-ever Tech Summitâ€”a gathering of party leaders, wonks, and tech gurusâ€”and the idea of a simulcast must feel rather exciting.
To call it hastily arranged would be an understatement. The RNC only announced it on Monday, giving participants two days to RSVP and four to prepare presentations. At the same time, organizers made the uncharacteristic decision to open it to the public: Anyone could show up and speak. And while some party leaders might be embarrassed by how badly Republicans lag in the Web race, Steele is broadcasting it to the world.