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  Joe Trippi: Social media will kill two-party system
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Mar 14, 2011 12:18pm
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News DateMonday, March 14, 2011 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAUSTIN, Texas – Democratic political consultant Joe Trippi said Sunday that it’s just a matter of time before a third-party candidate comes out of nowhere to upend a presidential front-runner — and it could happen as soon as next year to President Barack Obama.

Speaking at the South by Southwest Interactive conference about how social media continues to transform politics and campaigns, the consultant behind Howard Dean’s Web-centric 2004 bid had some choice words for Team Obama heading into next year’s election. He said some underdog candidate is going to seize on social media tools in ways that no one has even thought of.

“This will be one of the big frontier breakthroughs for politics, either in 2012 or 2016, and my guess is it's going to be a challenger,” Trippi said.

“What happens is that really smart people, even the Obama guys, they get fat and lazy and they're in charge and the conventional wisdom thing even seeps in for them,” he continued. “And some guy out there, some candidate, some woman running, who doesn’t have much of a chance, decides innovation is the only way out.”

Trippi went on to predict that a third-party candidate will soon raise so much money through the Web that Obama’s 2008 haul will look modest by comparison.
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