Digital Footprints Reveal Continued RNC Cronyism, Cynicism
It’s bad enough that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has decided to continue the relationship with failed Romney consultants Targeted Victory to send the RNC’s mass emails. What’s so harrowing is the cynicism and sloppiness Targeted Victory brings to the table to fulfill that contract. One would think that Targeted Victory, in fulfilling the RNC email contract, would take extreme care and would want to remove | Read More »
Can We Trust the Tea Party Caucus?
Do we have to rely on the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters to warn us of legislation that the Tea Party Caucus should be opposing on our behalf? Because that’s exactly what happened recently on “patent reform” – the America Invents Act that Obama signed into law on Sept 16, the day after his big “Jobs” speech to the joint session of Congress. | Read More »
Obama/Reid plan more mischief when Senate reconvenes
Just when you thought it was safe to glance away from Congress for a moment, another poisonous issue raises its ugly head in the Senate. And it’s on a very, very short fuse – September 6, to be exact, the very day the Senate returns from vacation. Yes, we were wrong to think that just because Congress is on vacation that we were safe to | Read More »
Antennae UP, RS Gatherers!
The tech-savvy (and even the tech-curious) among you may wish to mark your agenda when you arrive in Charleston. At 8:30am Saturday morning, American Majority Action will be offering a special training. Yes, I know it’s early and you’ll be troubled to cut your partying early and be sure that you program your cell phone, the room alarm clock, and the hotel wake-up call system | Read More »
UniTEA Mobile: Amusement, Distraction, or Incalculable Damage?
Remember the Dale Robertson guy with the N-word sign who is founder of teaparty.org (disavowed by most real tea party organizations)? Well, he’s gone and done it again. And I fell for it. The days of knocking on doors, walking precincts and direct mail campaigning to efficiently gather voters may soon be dwarfed if the vision of a handful of Patriots comes to fruition. (Yes, | Read More »
Help a Competitive Conservative in CA: July 12 Victory is Near UPDATED: Huey Poised to Crush Hahn over FOX report
None of us would have predicted it after Nov 2, 2010 when the vaunted red electoral tide stopped cold at the California border. But time, a harsh economy, bad economic moves by the CA legislature, and some very hard work by highly committed California conservatives have made a real difference in a CA D+12 district. You may not be able to vote for this man, | Read More »
A Trifecta of Tools for Victory, Part II: NationBuilder
The pricing for campaign tech is in free-fall. If we applied a sort of pricing version of Moore’s Law to online campaign software, you’d have the picture. Capabilites expand arithmetically, while the price drop is almost logarithmic. That’s only a tiny exaggeration (mathematically) but better illustrated with a direct comparison: the same technology that gleaned Obama’s campaign web site 400,000 online volunteers and $750 | Read More »
Bear Witness: 30+ People ‘Saved’ at PC Altar Call (RightOnline)
It was a finish to an event worthy of the finest televangelist. No exaggeration. The first-ever PC Strategy breakout session at a major national event, last week’s RightOnline received such an enthusiastic response that the finish literally looked like a successful altar call at the end of a highly enegetic revival meeting. It almost overshadowed the actual content of the tutorial. The deans of Precinct | Read More »
RightOnline This Week – Two Firsts: rVotes and PC Strategy Break-out
If you haven’t yet, log in to your frequent flyer account now and see if you have enough miles to get to Minneapolis, MN at the end of this coming week. The revered RightOnline conference kicks off on Friday morning, and this year, has several “firsts”. One can hardly prioritize one over the other, but perhaps most exciting for activists in these spaces who have | Read More »
California Redistricting Transparency Hits Brick Wall. Hard.
Yesterday, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) published its first maps for public comment on the redistricting process. Below, you see the map published for what may become the “new” AD49 in CA. Alas, the redistricting process is rapidly losing the transparency that many hoped would govern the redistricting process characterized as a citizen’s redistricting commission. The CCRC got off to a good start with | Read More »
Spot Report: rVotes Heads for Ohio!
If you are serious about online activism tools, then clear the deck in your browser – all the links below open new tabs or windows so you don’t lose your place in this article. You will want to study the history of rVotes and it’s promise to the conservative cause. Always first where news on the best GOTV applications have come from (and are headed) Carol | Read More »
A Trifecta of Tools for Victory: rVotes (Part I of III)
An entire suite of exciting new tools have become available to Republicans, and if deployed, will mean a much wider margin of victory in 2012 than we would otherwise see – indeed, these tools may be critical for victory in 2012 at all. Article I in this series will discuss the major release of rVotes.com. Article II will tell you about Nationbuilder.com, and article III | Read More »
Snookered: Libya, corner pocket.
You just know there have to be some ‘unkind’ minds snickering away in Europe, Turtle Bay, and the Caliphate souks of the middle east. Snickering about how easily Obama was manipulated into a rash action in Libya. Combine that with how Obama is deliberately staging the US’s fade from leadership of the operation and you have a picture that should make any middle east dictator | Read More »
Who whips the whips?
John Boehner and Eric Cantor have overlooked an important principle of ”command”: never issue the order that you know will not be obeyed. The headline question is not merely rhetorical and I do have an answer for you, because our miraculous system of government (that Churchill called the worst, except for all the others) has always furnished the answer and generations before our own made | Read More »
Real-Time in Wisconsin Capitol: Leveraging Kids for Dem Dirty Work Updated: Dems Found, Flash Rally In IL
(This is a current report from the senate offices in the WI capitol. The author needed an assist that I was happy to provide. Cross-posted here with permission from Dan Collins’ excellent POWIP blog. By a separate report, Dem legislators are apparently hiding out in a motel in Rockford, IL beyond the jurisdiction of WI State Troopers who would fetch them back to vote. Update: | Read More »
Our National Debt Equals Our Entire Economy for One Year.
For more than a day now, Drudge’s main headline has been substantially the same as the headline on this story. Let me tell you what that really means. If the government took 100% of all our paychecks and pensions for the full year, that would not make an appreciable dent in our national debt. If the government took 100% of our paychecks and pensions for | Read More »
Vengeance is Mine, Saith Obama
Obama tried it all. Closing Guantanamo. Ending the war. Civilian trials for terrorists. The surge. Now he’s just killing, with a remarkable lack of dissent from his own side (remember: “Bush lied. People died.”). So we learn from drone operatives (literally) that Obama is, after all, and for solid ‘political’ reasons… a stone killer. From Newsweek: Some counterterrorism experts say that President Obama and his | Read More »
House GOP: Prepare for Your Primary.
Congresscritters working today in Washington are going to soon learn a very direct Americanism that I have to use frequently on the on the Indian and Chinese new media programmers I hire overseas: You’ll have to do better than that. With a sinking feeling over the last few days, we’ve seen our vaunted promise of $100 billion in budget cuts (less than one tenth of | Read More »
Counting Coup: The Invisible Victories
Generals are often the last to know about their victories. Fragmented reports of a platoon leader accepting an enemy squad’s surrender or a company commander overrunning a position never reach the commander until the staff has confirmed prisoner counts and an inventory of weapons captured. They know from experience to disregard early reports of both victory and defeat. It takes a while to | Read More »
Tucson Sheriff Dupnik to Request Palin, Limbaugh Extradition
“For two generations we have been trying to make the point that people are not responsible for their own actions,” said Tucson Sheriff Clarence Dupnik in an interview after the recent shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona. ”We need to extradite the people who were really responsible for this tragic crime.” Asserting that the writings and rantings of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and radio talk | Read More »
How to Join the Priesthood
Richard Cohen puzzles today over how the US military has become a ‘priesthood’ and hauls out nearly every tired, ignorant saw about the military except the one about military intelligence being an oxymoron. Sorry, Richard, but you indict only yourself in this missive. I’m going to have to answer your blog post point by point, so let’s start with your headline: the US knows all | Read More »
Think Precinct Committeemen Are Local Drudges? Think Again.
You could call it shameless accrual of political power, or you could call it selfless public service. I incline toward the latter, because I’ve had a tiny taste of it. Whatever you call it, there is no question that there may be some surprises in store for the new precinct committeecritter in your locale. Certainly, a committeeman should expect the normal duties of registering voters, | Read More »
TSA Gropes, Porno-Scans to Arrive in Malls, Hotels, Surface Transportation
A few days ago, I asserted that DHS and TSA are not as interested in security as they are in turning US citizens into a flock of sheep. Imagine attending CPAC and getting the security routine at the hotel as well as the airport. It’s about to become reality. Exactly ten days before a new, more conservative Congress is sworn in, the Obama | Read More »
Updated: The Real Meaning of the TSA’s FFDO/Pilot Punishment
Since Drudge’s current headline story has broken out everything but the red police light for the TSA Pilot Punishment story (video), it appears the early and limited facts are not in dispute. What’s also brilliantly clarified in my mind is the TSA’s real agenda around flight security. Bolstered by the highly controversial new radiation-or-grope procedures and the recent news that the TSA failed to detect | Read More »
Whither the GOP Farm Teams? One Ball to Watch. Closely.
The GOP Farm Teams It’s hard to participate in almost any leadership conversation in the GOP or the Tea Party this season without hearing a reference to the farm teams that we should begin preparing and supporting in a couple of weeks. The farm teams of course are the new local elected officials we will be trying to put in place in every office from | Read More »