Netroots Nation flees Right Online!

    Let me note, by the way, that I’ve never actually been to Right Online – nothing against it; I just haven’t been able to justify that and the RS Gathering and CPAC (and the GOP convention next year) – and so I have no idea how downright awful it was for Netroots Nation folks to be faced with real, live conservatives who are Oh my | Read More »

    Herman Cain Resurgent At Right Online #RO11

    I was critical after last week’s debate, not so much of Herman Cain per se, but of the fact that he has been unable to show he is competent in handling policy.Right Online and the Republican Leadership Conference both show it doesn’t really matter right now with the crowds. They love him.In both New Orleans and Minneapolis, Cain pounded the Obama Administration, its profligate spending, | Read More »

    Herman Cain Resurgent At Right Online #RO11

    I was critical after last week’s debate, not so much of Herman Cain per se, but of the fact that he has been unable to show he is competent in handling policy.Right Online and the Republican Leadership Conference both show it doesn’t really matter right now with the crowds. They love him.In both New Orleans and Minneapolis, Cain pounded the Obama Administration, its profligate spending, | Read More »

    Tim Pawlenty Impresses Right Online #RO11

    The energy level was not the same as with Michele Bachmann, but then the speech was a different sort of speech.Pawlenty arrived at Right Online after a rough day of travel from Iowa with a very late plane. We were actually going to meet and chat before he went on stage. Instead, he took off from Iowa at the time we were supposed to meet | Read More »

    Tim Pawlenty Impresses Right Online #RO11

    The energy level was not the same as with Michele Bachmann, but then the speech was a different sort of speech.Pawlenty arrived at Right Online after a rough day of travel from Iowa with a very late plane. We were actually going to meet and chat before he went on stage. Instead, he took off from Iowa at the time we were supposed to meet | Read More »

    Michele Bachmann Sets A Very High Bar at Right Online #RO11

    Michele Bachmann was scheduled to speak for 17 minutes at Right Online. She took an extra 18 minutes and 30 seconds.The whole speech felt like it was only a few minutes. It was funny, fascinating, informative, and powerful. She set the bar very, very high for other candidates.Her tax lawyer background showed in her speech, as did her faith. She used a dollar bill, folding | Read More »

    Michele Bachmann Sets A Very High Bar at Right Online #RO11

    Michele Bachmann was scheduled to speak for 17 minutes at Right Online. She took an extra 18 minutes and 30 seconds.The whole speech felt like it was only a few minutes. It was funny, fascinating, informative, and powerful. She set the bar very, very high for other candidates.Her tax lawyer background showed in her speech, as did her faith. She used a dollar bill, folding | Read More »

    Republican Base To GOP Beltway Folks: You Still Don’t Get It

    Deep in the numbers by Rasmussen today you’ll find this gem: Among all Likely U.S. Voters, 20% believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing the party’s values over the last several years, while 63% think they’ve lost touch with the party voter base. Democrats, meanwhile, feel their party is representing them. Being perceived as disconnected from their own party has been a | Read More »

    Republican Base To GOP Beltway Folks: You Still Don’t Get It

    Deep in the numbers by Rasmussen today you’ll find this gem: Among all Likely U.S. Voters, 20% believe Republicans in Congress have done a good job representing the party’s values over the last several years, while 63% think they’ve lost touch with the party voter base. Democrats, meanwhile, feel their party is representing them. Being perceived as disconnected from their own party has been a | Read More »

    Right Online Post-Game

    It was Vegas, baby. Right Online 2010 was a spectacular event. While the nutrooters frittered away their time listening to Van Jones preach green socialism, or on the casino floor playing African-American-jack and Poker(orim), we denizens of the online right were listening to serious policy discussion, getting tips on building our social networks, and pouring ice all over audio equipment for fun and profit. There | Read More »

    Right Online Post-Game

    It was Vegas, baby. Right Online 2010 was a spectacular event. While the nutrooters frittered away their time listening to Van Jones preach green socialism, or on the casino floor playing African-American-jack and Poker(orim), we denizens of the online right were listening to serious policy discussion, getting tips on building our social networks, and pouring ice all over audio equipment for fun and profit. There | Read More »

    Rebuilding the Movement: Online Investment

    We’ve talked a lot about rebuilding the party. Let’s talk instead about rebuilding the movement. Every day in Washington, there is some right-wing group somewhere bemoaning the efforts of the right online. Sadly, for them and the rest of the right, their first thought is “let’s do it ourselves”, instead of “let’s invest in the existing talent.” It’s often bemoaned on our side that the | Read More »

    The Big Picture

    You guys are making my teeth hurt over there http://www.redstate.com/erick/2008/12/25/rebuilding-the-party-the-technology/ Six blind men describing an elephant… each right in their own way… each missing The Big Picture. For the Democrats sitting where we are now in early 2005, The Big Picture was to win. In 2005 Obama was still a skinny little kid that gave one good speech. They didn’t know him, he didn’t know | Read More »

    Rebuilding the Party: The Technology

    The other day on Twitter, I commented thusly: Resolved: fixing the GOP cannot be done from in DC and fixing the tech problems cannot be done without professional technologists. Within days of the election I was approached by three people representing three different groups, all of whom wanted my advice on how to proceed on the technology front. My advice was pretty simple: That you | Read More »

    The Right Online

    I had wanted to stay out of this conversation until after the election, but events, threads, emails, and other posts seem to have dragged me in. I’m not sure this is a helpful thing to distract us from the pending election, but I’ll make this brief. Iain Murray, John Hawkins, Patrick Ruffini, Mark Tapscott, and Jon Henke are engaged in discussing the future of the | Read More »