Conservative voices all over the internet have been engaged in a discussion of the future of technology in the Republican party. [One such piece is the one put up by David Hinz earlier today.] With that in mind, I want to echo the statement of Tim Goddard over at The Next Right:
Only when technology is put to the pursuit of specific goals and in support of excellent candidates can it be successful.
One perfect example of this wise use of technology is the new project Flip4.org. The site officially went live today. They have the very ambitious target of turning 15 state bodies from Blue (or tied) to Red.
For the 2010 elections, we’re targeting the following legislatures, where Democrats hold a majority of seven or fewer seats, and a flip of four seats will transfer control:
- The Alaska Senate, split 10-10
- The Colorado Senate, held by the Democrats 21-14
- The Delaware Senate, held by the Democrats 24-17
- The Indiana House, held by the Democrats 52-47
- The Maine Senate, held by the Democrats 20-15
- The Mississippi Senate, held by the Democrats 27-25
- The Montana House, split 50-50
- The Nevada Senate, held by the Democrats 12-9
- The New Hampshire Senate, held by the Democrats 14-10
- The New York Senate, held by the Democrats 32-19 (sort of)
- The Ohio House, held by the Democrats 53-46
- The Oregon Senate, held by the Democrats 18-12
- The Pennsylvania House, held by the Democrats 104-99
- The Wisconsin Senate, held by the Democrats 18-15
- The Wisconsin House, held by the Democrats 52-46
These 14 chambers provide us with the challenge of finding and electing 60 talented, principled, forward-thinking Republican candidates on November 2, 2010. The challenge begins today–join us!
I would encourage anyone interested in the future of the GOP to get involved in this (or another project like this). We have to improve our farm team if we are going to be able to compete year after year with the Democrats. A well targeted effort like Flip4.org is exactly what is needed. The only thing that I regret about this particular project is that Missouri is not on the list (but the GOP controls both houses here so I don't feel too bad).