Dean for American showed us that Internet buzz can be extremely beneficial for leadership candidates. While the influence of blogs on the outcome of general elections is questionable, I suspect that members of political parties read blogs and visit political websites more than the general public. Because of this, it would be extremely wise for leadership candidates to have a strong internet presence.
Although the race hasn't started yet, so far, the only two candidates with "professional" websites encouraging them to run are Michael Ignatieff
and Gerard Kennedy
. I'll be very curious to see the look of the official websites, once the candidates start declaring.UPDATE: Draft Brison
has been up for a while too.