Great cover story in yesterday's edition of the New York Times Magazine. Matt Bai looks at former Virginia governor Mark Warner's probable run for the Democratic Party's presidential primary. Most interesting parts of the article are where Bai looks at (1) Hillary's iron grip on party support, and (2) how Warner might use Web-based support to subvert the party establishment's control on the nominating process.
Can Warner turn to online communities to derail the process, which includes a primary schedule that makes it virtually impossible for small challengers to continue after the first major races? Warner, who made riches in the technology sector, is already scouting talent for this effort. And he has already enlisted political blogger Jerome Armstrong (MyDD.com), the online director of the Howard Dean campaign. If Warner succeeds, we'll get the greatest new-media case study of all.