A couple timely articles in The Atlantic -- one asking "How would Obama’s success in online campaigning translate into governing?"; lead paragraph:
America’s politics have regularly been transformed by sudden changes in the way we communicate. And revolutions in communications technology have always bestowed great gifts on those politicians savvy enough to grasp their full potential. It is still unclear how far Barack Obama’s talent for online campaigning will take him. But it’s worth noting that some of the best-known presidents in U.S. history have stood at the vanguard of past communications revolutions—and that a few have used those revolutions not only to mobilize voters and reach the White House but also to consolidate power and change the direction of politics once they got there.
The second article "The Amazing Money Machine", is about "How Silicon Valley made Barack Obama this year’s hottest start-up"