Ex-DGA Staffers Form Political Social Network
Updated: May 24, 2011 | 9:42 a.m.
May 24, 2011 | 9:34 a.m.
Ex-DGA exec. dir. Nathan Daschle and ex-DGA pol. dir. Ray Glendening have formed a new website called Ruck.us, “designed to ‘give a home to the politically homeless,’ according to Daschle.”
Users are “prompted to pick a handful of issues considered most important to them and then to take a profile quiz designed to fine-tune where an individual comes down on each issue. Communities are then created, connecting people online through common issue sets rather than a specific political party.”
Daschle: “The plain truth is that America has outgrown its two parties, and our hope is that Ruck.us can use technology to provide a more contemporary and meaningful avenue for political engagement” (Blake/Cillizza, “The Fix,” Washington Post, 5/24).
Daschle and Glendening write, on Ruck.us: “When institutions start to hold more power than the people, the precious balance necessary to a healthy democracy is threatened. We believe this is happening right now with our two political parties, which exert far too much control over the way government functions and interacts with the people. The result is less participation, poorer dialogue, and an unhealthy democracy. We believe that we can do better.”
Ruck.us allows users to find “politically like-minded people” and exchange information in order to take “collective action,” according to the site (Hotline reporting, 5/24).