Will 2012 be the year that the Information Age enables a grass roots President to bypass the old media and win? The internet has changed politics in ways of which none of us are fully aware, but I can make a prediction. I predict the power of the internet will undermine the old media's propaganda campaign, and Obama will be beaten by a New Style, economic-libertarian-minded Republican or even an independent.
I predict that many eligible votoers who haven't voted in recent years will go to the polls in record numbers, and they will mostly be against Big Goverment. If the Republican establishment has its way and nominates a Big Government Republican, Obama will win, unless a New Republican type who is blocked by the establishment goes independent.
Ron Paul has a good chance of being the candidate who bypasses the old state media, even if he has to go independent. I know it's a long shot, but when the election cranks up in earnest and people begin paying attention, Paul is the most honest and real candidate in the race, and the one who will buck the establishment. Paul is capable of explaining what it is people dislike about statism and our interventionist government.
This might not be the year, but from here on out, I doubt the old state media will be able to push candidates through like they pushed Obama through.