Hey, Eric Kuhn summarizes the conference briefly, and this does give you at pretty good idea of the deal.
My contribution: Craig Newmark: Nerd + Wonk = Nonk
(I guess that's #nonk for you Twitter fans.)
Better stuff, just a small part:
Mark McKinnon (McCain 2008): "Democratization means campaigns are losing control."
Joe Rospars (Obama 2008): Our new media component was
linked to a traditional campaign component. I hired journalists to
leave all their careers and lead their media team.
Rasiej: "'Public' should be re-defined as being searchable and readable online.
danah boyd (during her absolutely brilliant presentation. Read it here.)
Jeff Jarvis: "We must give government permission to fail."
Macon Phillips (White House director of New Media): Participation and collaboration are important to what the White House is doing now.
Alec Ross (Senior Adviser to Hillary Clinton): "I look at the system, I am pessimistic. I look at the people, I am optimistic."