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    Does the NRSC get it, or just trying to neutralize the internal opposition?

    Does the NRSC get it, or just trying to neutralize the internal opposition?

    Maybe it’s because a group of Tea Party / conservative bloggers helped launch Marco Rubio’s primary fight against Charlie Crist, in a story rarely told anywhere except here, Give Some Credit To “Not One Red Cent”.  That group of scrappy misfits (I’m going to catch hell for that characterization) rose up in response to the NRSC deciding to preordain Crist the Republican nominee.

    Or maybe it’s because Ted Cruz launched his campaign, in his words, on a conference call with bloggers, while the establishment fought for David Dewhurst.

    Or because the conservative blogosphere backed Mike Lee and Rand Paul, but did not back a challenge to Orrin Hatch.

    It’s not just who won, but who worries about winning.

    My post the other day, RNC Report — 100 pages and not a single word about bloggers, has received a great response.

    I don’t think this was a response, but it seems others have noticed as well, via Jeff Reynolds of FreedomWorks yesterday, NRSC Creates Blogger Outreach Position To Facilitate Communications:

    This week, the Republican National Committee released an “autopsy” on how the GOP lost the election in 2012 and where it can improve its branding going forward. William Jacobsen [sic] of Legal Insurrection noted that the 100 page report failed to mention New Media and bloggers as an opportunity to improve communications. However, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has seen the power of New Media and has decided to take a more proactive approach. The NRSC recently hired Bill Murphy to direct blogger outreach.

    Murphy, Director of BlogBash, appeared at a blogger’s briefing at CPAC this past weekend and said, “They get it now. Their whole team is fired up and ready to reach out to all the conservative online activists and all the bloggers. You (bloggers) will start getting a lot of emails from us, and if you have any comments or any kind of criticism, we will appreciate hearing from you.” Murphy previously served in a similar capacity on the Romney campaign.

    It will be interesting to see if they reach out to bloggers and activists that are aligned with groups such as FreedomWorks where there has been pushback against the incumbent protection machines. Will they make a concerted effort to strengthen the party by choosing many voices instead of one? Many believed that the RNC report served as a roadmap for centralizing power at the top, instead of allowing the grassroots to help craft new election strategies. The true power of the decentralized media is the ability to have many voices and perspectives. Time will tell if the NRSC will embrace the democratization of media, or will rather seek to homogenize the message.

    Time will tell.


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    “They get it now. Their whole team is fired up…”

    “Murphy previously served in a similar capacity on the Romney campaign.”

    Funny, gut-busting even. Does anyone really believe this sh*t? I’d say fire the RNSC and the entire GOP hierarchy but what would be the point. Who will do the firing and rehiring? No, it’s too late. A hostile takeover or burning it to ash are the only options.

    Subotai Bahadur | March 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Got an email from the RNC yesterday asking for funds to reach out and get feet on the ground for the next election. Aside from my skepticism as to the existence of a real election in 2014; with the Republican “leadership” in the House consistently voting with the Democrats and against the Republican caucus to give Obama victory, with the RNC trying desperately to erase any differences on issues between themselves and the DNC, and with a significant part of the Republican Senate caucus trying to win the Pierre Laval Collaboration Prize, they can take their fund requests, fold them until they are all corners, and amaze their proctologists.

    We need a SECOND party.

    Subotai Bahadur

    Subotai Bahadur | March 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Just saw this from a commenter at GATEWAY PUNDIT:

    Mitch McConnell Votes to Fund Obamacare

    Hey, remember that awesome CPAC speech by Mitch McConnell?

    The one where Mitch McConnell said — and I quote — “Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. And we’re not backing down from this fight.”

    And the same speech where Mitch McConnell also said, “This law is a disaster, and anybody who thinks we’ve moved beyond it is dead wrong.”

    Well, as I told you, Mitch McConnell excels at saying one thing and doing another. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell voted to fund Obamacare.

    Here is the full list of the Republicans who voted for the Ted Cruz amendment to defund Obamacare, but then flipped their votes to actually vote to fund Obamacare:

    Alexander(R-TN), Barrasso(R-WY), Blunt(R-MO),Boozman(R-AR),Chambliss(R-GA),Coats(R-IN),Cochran(R-MS),Collins(R-ME),Corker(R-TN),Cornyn(R-TX),Hatch(R-UT),Hoeven(R-ND),Isakson(R-GA),Johanns(R-NE),McConnell(R-KY),Murkowski(R-AK),Sessions(R-AL),Shelby(R-AL),Thune(R-SD),Wicker(R-MS)

    List reformatted to save space.

    20 REPUBLICAN senators voting to fund Obamacare, led by the “man” who recently got up in front of Conservatives and promised to fight.

    And those gou3 cao4 de5 bao4jun1men5 want me to send them money so they can screw me over again??!!??

    I don’t think so.

    Subotai Bahadur

    chilipalmer | March 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    The answer is the latter, neutralizing and co-opting. The blogger quoted saying, “They get it now,” couldn’t be more pathetic whether he’s one of them or one of the duped. As long as Fox News exists and as long as Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes run it, that’s how long the establishment GOP will be empowered to bully and destroy anyone who could help us save this country. Codevilla has written about these people extensively for those with battered wife syndrome who still think there’s hope.

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