Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Turning ridicule against the joker -

PJM: "Obama’s Health Care Comedy Tour", by Duane Lester

George Carlin once said, “I believe you can joke about anything. It just depends how you construct the joke, what the exaggeration is. Every joke needs one exaggeration; every joke needs one thing out of proportion.” That’s really the key to humor. The exaggeration. On March 25, President Obama began his American Health Care Comedy Tour in Iowa City, Iowa. In his speech, he spoke about the fears vocalized by those opposed to health care reform:
There’s been plenty of fear-mongering, plenty of overheated rhetoric. You turn on the news, you’ll see the same folks are still shouting about there’s going to be an end of the world because this bill passed. (Laughter.) I’m not exaggerating. Leaders of the Republican Party, they called the passage of this bill “Armageddon.” (Laughter.) Armageddon. “End of freedom as we know it.” 
(...) Those are the words of the granddaddy of community organizers, Saul Alinsky. In his book Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.” (...) On this, he’s right. Ridicule is a very potent weapon. In his book Fighting the War of Ideas like Real War: Messages to Defeat the Terrorists, J. Michael Waller explains why ridicule is such an effective weapon against one’s enemies (...)

Polling shows that after just a week, over half of Americans want the health care bill repealed. Obama is mocking them. Nearly 50 percent think the new plan will lower the quality of health care. Obama is mocking them. Over 80 percent feel the plan will fail to lower the cost of health care. Obama is mocking them. A majority of people think the plan will increase the cost. Obama is mocking them. (...) The opponents of tyranny have to recognize this tactic and neutralize it by shining a light on his contempt for the everyday American’s strongly held beliefs. In this instance, Obama’s greatest strength, his ability to communicate, can be used against him. >>>

Apr 10, 2010
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Separating the Left from the Right -

PJM/Zombie: "Searchlight vs. L.A.: Rival Rallies Reveal Stark Right/Left Divide"

On March 27, 2010, thousands of people gathered in the small town of Searchlight, Nevada, for a political rally. Just 250 miles away and seven days earlier, there was another political rally of similar size in Los Angeles on March 20, 2010. The Searchlight rally was generally oriented toward the political “right.” The Los Angeles rally was generally oriented toward the political “left.”

Now, if you had only the entrenched media as your sole source of information about these rallies, you might likely assume (without even bothering to investigate) that the right-wing rally was an epicenter of hate, racism and craziness, whereas the left-wing rally was undoubtedly about peace, tolerance and rationalism. Luckily, we no longer have to rely on the mainstream media. In both cases, citizen journalist bloggers were on hand to document the proceedings with eye-opening photo essays (...) >>>

Apr 8, 2010
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How to rebut Conservatives -

The Persistent Conservative: "A Liberal Guide to Debating Conservatives"

Liberals have long since learned that debating Conservatives can be a challenging endeavor, since Conservatives have a penchant for fortifying their arguments with facts, statistics, history and other elements that create convincing and thoughtful arguments. Not to worry. The following are several tips Liberals can use right away to begin defeating Conservatives in every debate, every time. (...) >>>

Apr 2, 2010
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Obama still merrily astroturfing away -

Big Journalism: "President Obama Promotes OFA Astroturf Campaign (with Bonus Plagiarism)", by Morgen Richmond and John Sexton

Organizing for America (formerly Organizing for Obama) has a Health Reform Action page which encourages members to write a letter to the editor. (...) This campaign, organized by the Director of OFA and promoted by the President himself, is a clear case of Astroturfing (fake grassroots). That would be bad enough, but the fact that the most popular talking point appears to have been plagiarized makes it even more shocking. (...) >>>

Mar 19, 2010
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Beware of coffee parties and other false flag ops -

Pajamas: "Tea Party Knockoffs: Watered Down, Bitter"

(...) Suddenly, the same Democratic politicians and pundits who dismissively referred to those involved in the populist revolt with a sexual pejorative found that it was a force to be reckoned with — and, if possible, to be undermined and marginalized.

There is perhaps no clearer example of an attempt to co-opt and undermine the tea party movement than the false flag operation that appears to be taking place in Nevada for the benefit of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (...) >>>


Mar 3, 2010
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Is Tancredo dissing Palin and McCain?

DEARBORN, MI - OCTOBER 9: Republican president...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Tom Tancredo sat down with a Dutch correspondent at a recent Tea Party and - if true - tosses Palin and McCain under the bus. I don't know about this article. It's literally full of nasty, liberal innuendo. Hot Air is also on the case. What do you think?

NRC: "Tea Party prominent: Palin not presidential", by Tom-Jan Meeus in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo was the opening speaker at the recent Tea Party conference with Sarah Palin. In an interview with NRC Handelsblad, he spoke his mind about Palin. "I really don’t have this feeling about her as being presidential.’’ He referred to John McCain as a “nasty, mean’’ and “peculiarly unstable’’ man. Moreover, Tancredo pointed to a possible personal embarrassment: if Tea Party activists would find out he actually voted for the bailout of the financial sector in 2008, he concedes he would loose his credibility. (...) >>>


Mar. 1, 2010
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Meet the swastika toting astroturf -

Seattlepi: "Where is "tea party" heading? Leaves are unclear", by Liz Sidoti

The "tea party" activists all agree: Government is too big. Spending is out of control. Individual freedom is at risk. And President Barack Obama's policies are making it all worse. But that's where the consensus ends among the diverse groups of frustrated Americans who count themselves part of this fledgling coalition. (...) If the people attending the first national "tea party" convention here are uncertain, imagine the difficulties of the Republican and Democratic parties, both of which are trying to leverage this antiestablishment energy for their own gain. How it works out could make a big difference in elections this fall and beyond.

Here's what's clear: This is pure people-driven politics facilitated by the Internet. This is an ideological mix of libertarianism and conservatism with the common denominator being lower spending and smaller government. This is a loose collection of citizen groups with no leader but many voices. And this is the product of long-simmering anger. Is it just a blip? Or will it emerge as a lasting political powerhouse shaping elections and government for years to come? (...) >>>

Feb. 5, 2010
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Mediaite: "Scozzafava Fallout A Win For Partisans On Both Sides"

The NY-23 special election continues to get stranger and stranger. Now that Republican Dede Scozzafava has dropped out of the race and endorsed her Democratic opponent, Bill Owens, it’s fair to say that it’s one for the history books, regardless of whether Owens or Conservative challenger Doug Hoffman prevails. But what will they record? Pundits on both sides of the aisle are already writing the rough drafts. (...) >>>

Nov. 2, 2009
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Eric Odom: "Liberty Movement vs The Establishment"

EDIT: I’ll be covering the special election on a constant basis throughout the remainder of the race.

If you haven’t been watching the political brawl happening in New York’s 23rd Congressional District… you should be. The race has all the qualities needed to make it highly entertaining to track as a political junkie. But more importantly, as so many others have mentioned, the race represents a clear message being sent to the RNC. And the message is simple… the liberty movement is not going to tolerate liberal Republicans anymore. So here’s the background on the race. (...) >>>

Oct. 23, 2009
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Two great candidates appear to be on board!

PJM/Hugh Hewitt: "And They're Off ... The Race for 2012 Begins"

Oct. 3, 2009
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The use of demographics in campaigning:

Fora.TV/Momentum and Tides Foundation: "Laura Quinn: Data for Political Change"



Sept. 27, 2009
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America's Right: "Exploding the 2008 Election Myth"

The central myth of the 2008 election is that Barack Obama brought out hordes of idealistic, new young voters who will forever change the demographics of American politics. And yet a short piece at Breitpart.com explodes that myth in just three short sentences. Here's the most important one:

For all the attention generated by last year's presidential race, census figures show the share of eligible voters who actually went to the polls in November declined from 2004.

Barack Obama didn't win because of the voters he attracted to the polls. He won because of the voters who stayed home. Specifically older, white voters who saw nothing they liked in either Barack Obama or John McCain.

This undercuts some of Obama's political mandate, but even more importantly it proves that the conservatives have been right all along. The GOP didn't lose because they were too far to the right. They lost because they were too far to the left. This is a simple fact that the MSM either can't grasp or won't admit, but I have little doubt that the Obama administration is well aware of it. (...) >>>

July 21, 2009
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Making sense of the Palin move: here are Mark Levin's findings ...

L. L. Brown IV's Notes: "What is Palin Up To? - The Point Guard Just Shook the Game Up (AGAIN)"

(...) mamapundit says, "I’ve decided today that Sarah Palin is sort of a genius." Basically it boils down to this. You can't run a national campaign from Alaska. Also, her enemies were abusing the ethics laws in Alaska to force her to pay huge and never ending legal bills to fight an endless stream of bogus charges. As explained here Palin and her family are not wealthy. So she needed to get out of Alaska and into the lower 48. Plus by stepping down she gives her Lt. Gov. a chance to build up a sense of incumbency, accomplishment and political capital.  (...) >>>
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Sarah Palin Notes on Facebook: "Happy 4th of July from Alaska!"

On this Independence Day, I am so very proud of all those who have chosen to serve our great nation and I honor their selflessness and the sacrifices of their families, too.

If I may, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the last 24 hours and share my thoughts with you. (...) >>>

July 4, 2009
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All American Blogger have collected the comments in the blegosphere.

Team Sarah: "Team Sarah Statement on Palin Resignation"

Team Sarah Founders address Governor Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Governor of Alaska
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Washington – Today Team Sarah commented on the announcement that Sarah Palin will step down as Governor of Alaska on July 25, 2009: “Sarah Palin has always been an intensely independent woman-- always true to her faith, her family and call to public service. She has taken vast numbers of Americans to a new place: politics without cynicism. And she has provided women with a new political role model,” said Team Sarah Co-Founder Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Her entrance onto the public stage has had an immensely positive effect, drawing in massive numbers of Americans new to the political process. We have every confidence she will have an equal and profound impact in whatever projects she undertakes now. Team Sarah members anxiously await Palin’s next decision  (...) >>>

Just a few ... many more on:

The People's Cube: "July 4th Tea Party Posters from the Cube (Tea Party Organ)






And when you're done, feast your eyes on "Dancing With The Czars"

July 2, 2009
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Tarah .... Introducing ...

NewMajority: "About"

NewMajority.com is a site dedicated to the reform and renewal of the Republican party and the conservative movement. It is edited by David Frum and published by NewMajority LLC. The centerpiece of New Majority is "The Scroll", a running commentary on daily issues and events by the New Majority contributors. With a stable of bloggers spanning a wide array of backgrounds and viewpoints, the New Majority aims to be a place of discussion of issues facing conservatism and that Republican party. Visitors are encouraged to join in on the discussion in the comments section. The New Majority also features original video pieces containing exclusive interviews and other coverage, book reviews by David and other contributors, and original reporting by NewMajority.com reporters. >>>

June 22, 2009
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Michael Patrick Leahy: "Rules for Conservative Radicals"

I offer these 15 Tactical Rules for Conservative Radicals, which I recommend for consideration by all Conservative Radicals,  in addition to 8 of Saul Alinsky’s Tactical Rules that are as relevant for today’s Conservative Radicals as they are for today’s Left Wing Radicals.

The Conservative Radical’s Tactical Rules 

1. It is better to be 85% right and quick than 100% right and slow.

2. Do what you can right now with the technologies, resources, and time immediately available to you.

3. Use free and cheap technologies at every opportunity

4. Observe Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment – do not engage in personal attacks of fellow conservatives in public forums. Anything you say will be ammunition for the left. Personal disputes among fellow conservatives are best handled privately.

5. When communicating through any public forum on the internet--Twitter, blogs, websites – remember that anything digital lives forever, so refrain from the use of profanity, personal attacks, or statements that are factually unsupportable.

6. Publicly engage with the left only when there is a clearly identified goal that has a reasonable likelihood of being accomplished through the engagement.

7. Privately engage with the left when you are confident you are dealing with a person of honor and good will whose personal integrity has not been compromised by Saul Alinsky’s moral nihilism.

8. When engaging with the left let no falsehood go unchallenged.

9. When dealing with the left, look for opportunities to persuade open-minded opponents of the merits of conservatism.

10. When evangelizing to open minded members of the left, be a friendly teacher guiding your students towards conservatism, not an argumentative and arrogant haranguer bent on demonstrating your intellectual superiority.

11. Seek out opportunities to collaborate with like-minded conservatives through self organizing projects.

12. You earn a seat at the table of a self organizing project by showing up, doing the work, and collaborating effectively with your project colleagues.

13. Successful self-organizing projects are characterized by:

(a) rapid response consensus development of goals and tactics
(b) transparent real time communication between project colleagues
(c) rapid implementation of tactics by a core group of the most engaged project colleagues
(d) whose personal conduct is guided by the principles of project servant-leadership.

14. Once you have earned a seat at the table, you have a right to participate in the development of a consensus. But if you don’t show up to participate, you lose the right to complain about decisions made by the group in your absence. The process drives forward relentlessly on a 24-7 time clock

15. When conflict arises within your self organized project, and the conflict is not resolvable, leave the project, start your own new project with those who are of like mind, and wish your former project colleagues Godspeed.

Copyright 2009 by Michael Patrick Leahy 

To be included in my new book Rules for Conservative Radicals, to be published by C-Rad Press on July 4, 2009

8 Tactical Rules for Saul Alinsky That are as Relevant for today’s Conservative Radicals as they are for today’s Left Wing Radicals

1. Never go outside the experience of your project colleagues

2. Wherever possible, go outside the experience of the opposition

3. Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.

4. A good tactic is one that your project colleagues enjoy.

5. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag

6. Keep the pressure on

7. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.

8. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Note: I have changed the word “people” in rules 1 and 4 to the words “project colleagues”, and the word “enemy” in rule 2 to “opposition”.

Source:  Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, 1971
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June 9, 2009

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... "mainly middle-aged people" ... you can see them in the picture - apparently the press from hell is at it in eastern Europe as well! (Well, at least they've got "rightist artists" - meaning supporters of free markets.) Otherwise, it's permanent campaign mode in the Czech Republic:

Prague Daily: "Hundreds attend concert for Topolánek"

Hundreds of supporters of former Czech prime minister and Civic Democrat (ODS) chairman Mirek Topolanek attended the first in a series of concerts in support of Topolanek staged by rightist artists in Prague.

The participants, mainly middle-aged people, gathered in Prague's centre to praise Topolanek for what he did for the country in his capacity as Czech prime minister. (...) >>>

May 13, 2009
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Be sure not to miss a brilliant, related post by Dr Sanity, "OBAMA AND THE NEO-MARXIST LEFT: The Clever Manipulation of Projection and Paranoia"

PJM: "No, The Right Doesn’t Need to Play as Dirty as the Left", by Adam Graham

PJM columnist John Hawkins’ advice to conservatives to be as nasty as liberals is like Sean Connery’s “Chicago way” speech in The Untouchables applied to American politics: “They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way.” But is the “Chicago way” the right way for conservatives? Certainly, conservatives need to re-evaluate their tactics in light of Democratic behavior. (...) >>>

May 6, 2009
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Don't forget Roots HQ and Parcbench itself ...

Parcbench: "Web 2.0 and the New Conservative Revolution" 
There is a new conservative movement sweeping the country, and it is taking place in technology. As the entire internet moves toward social networking sites and interactive media, transitioning to the Web 2.0 next generation of the internet, conservative activists are riding the crest. Frustrated by the Left`s success at mobilizing activists through moveon.org and other left-leaning internet savvy organizations, the Right is aggressively catching up. Web 2.0 is the new way of communicating on the internet in real time with others using applications and technologies like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, podcasting, social bookmarking sites, and wikis.

Led by a younger generation of conservative tech-activists like Eric Odom from the Sam Adams Alliance, and embraced by edgy grassroots conservative organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the movement has christened itself 
#dontgo. (...) >>>



Mar 24, 2009
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Human Events: "Glenn Beck Re-Energizes the Conservative Movement", by Mark Skousen 

Since moving from CNN to Fox News, the Glenn Beck phenomenon has become the hottest topic today among conservatives. To demonstrate his influence, he recommended an obscure book called The 5,000 Year Leap on his radio and TV show, and today it is #1 on Amazon. (...) The boyish, articulate Beck is a dogmatic defender of the Constitution, which he believes is being perverted by both political parties in Washington. His top priority is to “take our country back.” His patriotic enthusiasm is intoxicating, and his show is a hit around the country.

Last Friday on the Glenn Beck Show, he announced his 912 Project and his new website,http://www.the912project.com/. His show is so popular that the site immediately crashed. (It’s now up and running.) 912 is a play on “9-11” and refers to “nine values” and “12 principles” based on the Constitution, and in particular, his favorite book called The 5,000 Year Leap: The Miracle that Changed the World. Who is the author of The 5,000 Year Leap? My late uncle, W. Cleon Skousen! Cleon Skousen was a constitutional scholar, an FBI agent (and special assistant to J. Edgar Hoover), author of The Naked Communist and the thousand year books about the Bible, and a devoted family man. In politics, my uncle was passionate about the U. S. Constitution, which he felt was inspired by God and the reason behind America’s success as a nation. (...) >>>

Mar 19, 2009
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Michael Patrick Leahy: "#TCOT Continues to Dominate Twitter Hashtags"

A brief review of http://www.hashtags.org/ data for February month to date statistics of hashtag usage on Twitter shows that the conservative hashtag #TCOT (used by the Top Conservatives on Twitter community for online dialogues) continues to dominate the Twitter conversation. (...) #TCOT is almost twice as often used in identifying a tweet as the second most used hashtag on all of Twitter! Someone might want to let the folks at Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco in on this relevant piece of factual information. (...) I wonder what's going on at Twitter Headquarters, and why #TCOT has been banned from the Twitter "trending list"? >>>

Feb 10, 2009
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Mercury News: "Weekend 'stimulus parties' bring out Obama faithful across the nation", by Denis C. Theriault

So what, exactly, does one bring to a "stimulus party"? If you're President Barack Obama, it's a plea for help. As polls show public support slipping for his stimulus plan, the president's backers spent the weekend rebooting the high-tech grass-roots network that helped elect him in the first place, gathering in living rooms and community halls across Silicon Valley and the nation to learn more about the plan and share stories about how the economic crisis has affected them. But mostly these meetings — about 3,300 of them, dubbed "economic recovery house parties" — were a call to arms. In YouTube addresses, the president somberly relayed the magnitude of the crisis, followed by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who sought to rally those willing "to go to bat" for the president's plan. Specially prepared talking points were distributed. And some organizers unveiled lists of key lawmakers to ring up while the bill remains in Congress. Sure, the organizers were mostly preaching to the faithful, the phone bankers and the precinct walkers who reached out to voters all over the country on Obama's behalf in the fall. The taste of that victory remains close to their lips, and they seemed ready to get back to work.Gov. Tim Kaine, who sought to rally those willing "to go to bat" for the president's plan. Specially prepared talking points were distributed. And some organizers unveiled lists of key lawmakers to ring up while the bill remains in Congress. (...) >>>

Feb 10, 2009
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P
JM: "Attention GOP: New Media Is Here to Stay", by Melissa Clouthier

Recently, Pajamas Media writer Andrew Ian Dodge counseled politicians against using social media. (...) "The “old media” absolutely loathes new media. They are very keen to expose “the dangers” of the online world as often as possible. If they can take down a few leading right-wing politicians in the deal as well, so much the better." This advice is akin to telling politicians during Benjamin Franklin’s time to avoid public speaking (printing press, horrors!), during Alexander Graham Bell’s time to avoid the phone, or during Hoover’s time (note to Joe Biden) to avoid television. New media, whatever it is, avoidance isn’t the key. People who avoid it are bound to be left behind. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter provide a means to communicate directly to voters bypassing a self-admittedly biased media. If a politician were told there is a way to reach thousands of people with an unadulterated message in a person’s home without the need to knock on a door or stand before TV cameras, he would eagerly ask how to do it. That’s social media. Social media platforms provide immediate feedback. (...) Web 2.0 is the way politicians will share messages, raise money, and motivate action in the future.
Exhibit A: Barack Obama. Do Republicans want to be left in the dust for good? But there are even bigger dangers for Republicans should they decide to avoid social media: their enemiesaren’t avoiding it. (...) Any organism needs constant feedback and new information in order to be responsive and grow. Online social networks do that. Finally, social networks are communities. These are not the family a person is stuck with, they’re the friends a person chooses. The communities are a great way to win friends and influence people. They are a way to belong. They form an informal foundation for idea honing and intellectual interaction. (...) Republicans need to embrace social media or they risk being left behind. Again. >>>
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Politeia: "Politics=War in Action"
"Democracy in Action" is how the Left typify it! When the politics=war crowd gets into Government they could silence the opposition, either by morally condemning them on trumped up charges as we have seen played out over the last few days (see "From Political Correctness to One Party Rule"), or they could unleash one of their political action attack dogs, as is the case today (...) The loyal opposition has finally decided a counter-offensive is in order. Conservatives are slowly catching on to the Left's Alinsky tactics. Although full comprehension of thePostmodern anti rulebook is hard to accomplish, simply because it is so antithetical to anything we know, the TCOT Action Projects' "Launch Operation MOVE OVER MoveON.org" makes an excellent start. (...) We'd like to call on Europeans to sign up with "Roots! We the Peoples of Europe", either on Facebook or on Ning. Roots! are planning to develop similar action programs to claim back Europe from the Hegelian statists for its peoples, as it should have been! (...) >>>

Feb 2, 2009
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Only a stronger conservative online community and a compelling story will lead Republicans out of the wilderness. (...) Without more effective information organization, we will not fix on a coherent agenda. Without a coherent agenda, we will not have a good story to tell. Without a good story to tell, we will not energize the grassroots and netroots. Without an energized grassroots/netroots, all the movement infrastructure in the world will be for naught. For now, the goal should be to build ideological infrastructure — organically — outside the entrenched political establishment. We should build unifying grievances. We should organize ideas and then people. The Republican Party will not lead the Right out of the problems that plague the Republican Party; it will have to follow. If a movement is to draw a party into its orbit, the movement must have the gravitational pull of messaging, mobilization, and fundraising capacity. For now, it is our role to uncover, organize, and deliver information. In other words — to change the story. >>>

Nov 17, 2008
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The Next Right: "Musings on party building for your comment", by Matt Dabrowski

Assumptions: 1. The party has been left very weak in some sections of the country. The people literally aren't there on which to rebuild the party. Usually this is described with the statement, "The grassroots are really weak," but I'm not convinced grassroots exists anymore in the exact way we understood it. 2. The candidates and the campaigns they run ARE the party. Run good candidates and good campaigns, and the perception of the party begins to change immediately. When considering this, style and tone appropriate to the jurisdiction are important. 3. Expand political options, don't reduce them. 4. The genius of the Obama campaign was casting the widest possible net. They gave basic, two-day organizer training to 5,000 people. Perhaps (...) >>>
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The Next Right: "Defining the Republican/Conservative Party", by dpeterson

One of the biggest mistakes we as Conservatives and Republicans have made over the past four to six years is that we allowed the Democrat Party and the libs to define who we are and what we stand for. George W. Bush and Karl Rove sat back the past six years and allowed the Democrat party and the liberal media to attack the party, the administration, the administrations policies, and the economic record these policies have produced. George W. consistently stated that he believed it was disrespectful to the "office of the President" to respond to the flurry of constant attacks. As a result, the majority of the American people do not understand how the banking crisis has been culminating since the 1970's and how President Clinton helped to accelerate the problem. They are not aware that the Democrats holding power in committees consistently blocked efforts by Republicans (and President Bush) to reign in Freddie and Fannie through regulation. They are not aware that the CEO's of Freddie and Fannie were former hacks of the Democrat party and the congressional black caucus. They have not seen the mounds of video with the democrats in congress stating how there was nothing wrong with Freddie and Fannie. Further (...) >>>

16th Nov 2008
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Pala Political: "Republicans Are Doomed"

A Democratic realignment has begun. Obama’s margins among decisive and growing constituencies make that clear. In the fastest growing demographic in America – Latinos – Obama received 66 percent support. This is 10 percent points higher than John Kerry’s 2004 total. (...) The Republican losses last Tuesday proves they are in worse shape than they’ve been in decades. Their strongholds are getting squeezed. The confinement of the Republican electorate to the predominantly rural areas is becoming more and more evident. This equals disaster for the Republican Party. It is the candidate that can win the educated, racially diverse, metropolitan voters that has a future in politics. And the Democrats have taken great strides in winning over those demographics. (...) Obama is, in essence, reproducing voters that favor him and the Democratic Party. Obama’s biggest margins of victory during the presidential election were in those demographics that happen to be growing at the fastest pace in this country, and Obama plans on doing everything in his power to strengthen that growth.

But Reaganism is not dead. In fact, pay close attention to Obama’s policies and you’ll realize he resembled much of what Reagan preached. (...) the Republican Party was not tarnished because of Conservative principles. Bush represented the Republican Party but certainly didn’t govern like one. (...) The spending increases that took place under the Bush presidency would have made Ronald Reagan burst into flames. Bush was the symbol of conservatism, but was not a practitioner of it. So Republican must be patient. (...) Obama won running on tax cuts but is now in power with a Democratic Congress set on becoming more activist. Things can change dramatically. Commentators have the tendency to live in the moment. Obama is in control. He, and the Democratic majority, will use their positions of power to stay in control. A GOP comeback is possible, but it will not be easy. >>>
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... let's stick to the conclusion here ...

PJM: "The Ad Age President Who ‘Killed Election Day’"

(...) Not that you’ll ever get many voters to acknowledge that they made the wrong decisions — the marketers call that “cognitive dissonance” — but given the fact that John McCain closed the polling gap significantly in the race’s final two weeks, it’s not unreasonable to believe that early voting cost him a point or two of the six by which he lost. Bush 2000 and Obama 2008 underscore my strong belief that no-excuses early voting is a dangerous travesty, and that voting rules should return to the traditional absentee balloting criteria of previous years. The idea that much closer future elections may be decided by less-than-informed, peer-pressured, convenience-focused, “time-shifting” — and, I would add, “thought-avoiding” — early voters who have, in effect, “killed Election Day,” should be troubling to many. I fear it won’t be. >>>

14th Nov 2008
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Politeia: "Is Obama Above the Law?"

A small business owner, a grocery store proprietor, or a Republican takes millions of illegal credit card donations and he's going to jail. Barack Obama does it and he's going to the White House. Take a stand now for equal justice for all Americans. Make everyone you know — Democrat, Republican, or independent—aware of this failure of justice. Send this link via email. Post it on your site. Download the printable flier here. Hand out copies wherever you can. Post them where people will see them. Draw a line in the sand and say NO MORE. By AnyStreet (...) >>>

Nov 13, 2008
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PJM: "Call for Post-Election ‘Unity’ Fails the Giggle Test"

In the days following the election, we’ve heard a lot about unity. This year, 53 percent of the voters cast their ballots for Barack Obama, and we’re being told that the country unified to elect him. In 2004, 51 percent of the nation voted to reelect Bush — but back then we were a country divided. I hear that because Obama came out seven points ahead of John McCain that he won in a landslide. If you want to talk landslide, remember that Ronald Reagan won his first election against Jimmy Carter by nine points. He then went on to win his second term against Walter Mondale by 18 points. Now that’s a landslide. (...) Liberals went from being sore losers to gracious winners. All except the woman who emailed a friend of mine who ran a pro-McCain site: “Obama won, b****.” Guess she didn’t get the touchy-feely memo. (...) Yes, unity now exists in America and across the world — even the squabbling ladies on The View have declared a truce. (...) “Don’t be bitter. Give him a chance and trust me you will love him too.” I feel like I have to take a shower now.

Those who didn’t vote for Obama and may have some serious concerns about his domestic and foreign policy are also being called “haters” by some, as in this blog comment (all spelling, grammar, and syntax from the original) (...) Obviously, something must be done, and such dissent cannot be tolerated in our brave new world. And that’s the crux of the issue, isn’t it? The left has assumed power — whether it be temporary or long-lived — and the dissent that these self-proclaimed tolerant progressives wore as a badge of honor during the Bush years suddenly is no longer desirable. From bullying children in the classroom to using fear of the economy to get those who tried “to make sure that Barack Obama would not become president of the United States” to march in lockstep with the progressive agenda, these are the means to the end of “unity.” You know, there’s political unity in China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. Just a thought. (...)>>>
12th Nov 2008
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... mentions both "Team Sarah" and "Let's Get This Right" ...

Columbia Journalism Review: "Blogged Down in the Past - McCain’s top-down Internet tactics can’t keep up with Obama’s social networking strategy

An ongoing examination of blogs devoted to the 2008 presidential campaign, and interviews with bloggers and blogger outreach coordinators from the contending presidential campaigns, reveals a fundamental difference in the candidates’ approach to the blogosphere.
Barack Obama’s campaign reaches out to activist bloggers in order to communicate with and mobilize campaign volunteers and feed them into its online social networking site, MyBarackObama.com. In contrast, John McCain’s campaign takes a top-down approach, using blogs—many of which it helped incubate—as an echo chamber for channeling mostly anti-Obama attacks into the mainstream media, in order to create an impression of grassroots online support. (...) >>>
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NewsMax: "Exit Polls Reveal Conservatives Abandoned McCain" (via email)

Democrat Barack Obama garnered a surprising 20 percent of the vote from conservatives who cast ballots on Election Day, top-ranked radio-talker Rush Limbaugh told listeners.
Citing exit polls, Limbaugh also said on Wednesday that Republican John McCain lost independents and moderates by a margin of 60 percent to 39 percent.
“McCain only got 89 percent of the Republican vote,” Limbaugh said. “He only got 80 percent of the conservative vote.
“And therein lies the tale, the recipe offered up by the wizards of smart in the Republican Party and on our side — for whatever reason we have to abandon our base, and we’ve gotta broaden our base . . .
“I have nothing against going out and getting Democrats and independents to vote for you. But not by behaving like a Democrat or independent.”
Fox News commissioned extensive exit polling on Election Day. Some highlights:
  • 75 percent of voters said the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction, and these voters went solidly for Obama — 62 percent to McCain’s 36 percent.
  • 63 percent of voters said the economy was the most important issue facing the nation, and they backed Obama, 53 percent to 44 percent.
  • 48 percent said they are “very worried” that the economic crisis will hurt their family’s finances in the coming year, and they voted for Obama,
    60 percent to 38 percent.
  • Voters who said they wanted a president who can bring about change overwhelmingly went for Obama, 89 percent to 9 percent.
  • Despite predictions that the 2008 election would bring a sharp increase
    in the number of young voters, people under age 30 comprised just
    18 percent of all voters, up from 17 percent in the past three presidential elections and down from 21 percent in 1992. These voters went for Obama, 66 percent to 32 percent.
  • Among the 11 percent of voters who were casting ballots in a presidential election for the first time, 68 percent voted for Obama and 31 percent chose McCain.
  • 18 percent of voters who supported President Bush in 2004 defected from the GOP and supported Obama this year.
  • Women chose Obama over the McCain-Palin ticket by a margin of 56 percent to 43 percent.
  • 52 percent of white Catholics voted for McCain, compared to 47 percent
    for Obama.
  • Black voters comprised 13 percent of the electorate and 95 percent of them backed Obama. White voters favored McCain by a 12-point margin.
  • Hispanics helped Obama win the battleground state of Florida, voting for the Democrat over the Republican, 57 percent to 42 percent. In 2004, President Bush garnered 56 percent of the Hispanic vote.
  • In Pennsylvania, 20 percent of Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton over Obama in the primary voted for McCain on Tuesday.
9th Nov. 2008
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The Next Right: "Change.gov and the Contradiction of the Postmodern Left Netroots", by Jonathan Klingler

Today, the Barack Obama transition team launched its new website, www.change.gov, and I think it would be wise for all of us who are interested in building the Next Right to check it out, as well as www.barackobama.com in case the latter is changed substantially. If you want to see how My.BarackObama.com works without joining, watch the tutorial video. It's impressive.
During the campaign, the Obama folks were able to do three remarkable things to build a people-powered online movement. (...) >>>

7th Nov. 2008
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... of sockpuppets, astroturfers and other trolls ...

Politeia: "Confessions of an Astroturfing Troll"

(...) we infiltrate all the blogs and all the youtube videos and overwhelm the voting, the comments, etc. All to continue this appearance of overwhelming world support.People makes posts to the effect that the world has “gone mad” Thats the intention. To make you feel stressed and crazy and feel like the world is ending. (...) >>>

5th Nov 2008
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The Next Right: "We need better information"

These discussions about what an online right should look like seems to miss several points. There are distinct problems, and they need to be handled separately. Some of these problems need to be solved organically, some will require time, but some can be solved somewhat mechanically.
One of the things that we need to solve immediately and may be susceptible to a mechanical solution is the crisis of information. The crisis of information is that righty information outlets are having incrementally less influence on the news cycle than lefty ones. The chart [click to enlarge] is from this WSJ story about the rise of the lefty blogs and specifically Huffington Post vis-a-vis Drudge. TPM, Chris Cillizza, Howard Kurtz, Halperin and others have been talking about this also.
On the list above, Townhall, Michelle Malkin, Newsbusters, and Redstate were the only sites to demonstrate triple-digit growth during the last election period, and only Redstate's and Newsbusters' was truly explosive. (full disclosure: I am a front-page contributor to both of those).
But I don't want to focus on traffic, but rather a related question: who drives the news cycle? This used to be Drudge and still is to a great degree. But any experience watching this electoral cycle will tell you that TPM and Huffington Post are essential in setting narratives and forcing campaigns and other political actors to respond to specific reported and sourced information and distributing it quickly. With that in mind, let's look at something Mark Tapscott said:
But I want to offer a third essential element in addition to punditry and activism. The RightRoots must make a top priority of equiping vastly more of our sites with the reportorial and investigative skills required to dig up and present credible exposes, fact-based analyses and concrete news stories.

In short, we've complained about liberal media bias for decades, but now that the mainstream media is steadily being displaced by online media, many of us need to become ..... journalists, or capable of doing the online analogy of traditional journalism, particularly in its investigative phase.
I would state this slightly differently. Stories are started online with HuffPo and TPM. They are completed on TV and in the newspapers. We are playing in no part of that process. One of the reasons for that is that there is no reliable place to go for fact-based conservative perspective.

This is something that we could do now. There are enough talented reporters to start training and mentorship programs for more. These people could play in the news cycle. This would not necessarily require donors to dump money on "bloggers". Rather the people would be established journalists with records.
Other parts of rebuilding the right as a coherent ideological and electoral force will depend on other things (like a coherent ideological framework linked to coherent policies). But this we can do relatively quickly and start demonstrating immediate results by attacking the terrible policies of a Democratic Congress and, potentially, a Democratic White House. >>>
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Politeia: "The New Playbook: Rules for the Right"

Republicans are playing by a very antiquated rule book. Here's a News Flash for the defenders of civilized society: there's a war on, y'know! Here's the thing in military terms. The rules of engagement are dictated by pragmatism: whatever is expedient to the cause - no restrictions - rules. The officer corps consists of agenda driven, Democrat leaning campaign strategists as Axelrod and Bagella, the MSM are their foot soldiers. We'll get back to you as soon as we've flushed out the hidden Secretaries of War. While neocons were celebrating the end of history, the opposition unilaterally connived to no longer play by the Geneva convention. (...)

Either Republicans adopt some of the street wise Alinsky Rules for Radicals as championed by the Dems, or think up some winning strategies of their own, fast and furious. Here we advocate the latter, foregoing the unedifying gutter ethics as advocated by the radical Left. (...) Republicans are always on the defensive, which makes sense for a conservative party. But that means that the forces of 'progress' and 'change' will always have the advantage of the attack. Remember, offense is the best defense. (...)

The Left - by their innate philosophy of coercion that gives them a free pass to manipulate people's minds - have harnessed a host of psychological strategies to their battle wagon. What gives, if in the process they create a semi Fascist, crypto totalitarian society? Or perhaps that is precisely that what they have in mind, so they can pronounce liberal democracy - a corollary of individual rights - obsolete as well. (...) The campaigner of today needs to formulate strategies to deflect the 'end justifies the means' assaults, which are typical of the essentially amoral, pragmatism driven campaigns. (...) >>>

2nd Nov 2008
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