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Missing Word in RNC Report: ‘Blog’

Posted on | March 19, 2013 | 23 Comments

William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection spots the omission:

Even when the report does mention “social media,” it’s in the context of getting out the vote or having the party apparatus find a better way to reach voters.
I would not be surprised if the RNC spoke with some of the salaried conservative media class who share the Washington professional circuit.  But did they reach out to the Army of Davids who are the anti-thesis of the consultant model because we mostly don’t get paid or make much money blogging, we do this in our “spare” time, and we are outside D.C.?
Did the RNC get any input from the great unwashed conservative blogosphere? You wouldn’t know it from the report if it did . . .

Read the whole thing. The idea of “citizen-journalism” is quite nearly alien to the consultant class. The teamwork concept of voluntary collaboration mystifies people for whom politics is a paid gig. Take away their consulting fees, and these guys wouldn’t have anything to do with politics.

There is nothing wrong with applying the entrepreneurial spirit to politics — “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn” — so long as the rewards bear some relation to results. As I’ve often said about the hindsight criticisms leveled at the Romney campaign, nobody would have cared what they got paid, if only they had won the election.

The massive stumbling clusterf–k of the Romney campaign’s “Project ORCA” exposed the fact that greedy incompetents were being paid ginormous fees to do jobs they didn’t actually know how to do. There is a difference between making a living and making a killing, you see.



23 Responses to “Missing Word in RNC Report: ‘Blog’”

  1. SnakebiteJones
    March 19th, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    @smitty_one_each A wired & inspired army totally ignored by the paid GOP consultants. Last GOP consultant worth a shit was Lee Atwater.

  2. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 19th, 2013 @ 10:28 pm
  3. robertstacymccain
    March 19th, 2013 @ 10:53 pm


  4. andycanuck
    March 20th, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    They also get paid whether they win or lose.

  5. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 20th, 2013 @ 1:25 am

    Cannolis and doughnuts for Kris Krispykreme.

  6. bobbymike34
    March 20th, 2013 @ 2:48 am

    There should be RNC staffers just reading conservative blogs not an exaggeration everything we/they need is right there.

  7. Rich Vail
    March 20th, 2013 @ 3:54 am

    RSM, we weren’t mentioned, because like the Tea Party movement, these guys are terrified of us.

  8. Rich Vail
    March 20th, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    posted a “disertation” reply on your blog, love.

  9. Rich Vail
    March 20th, 2013 @ 4:07 am

    Ideally, the RNC/$$$$ backers of the GOP would choose 10 bloggers who are the most influential and start tossing them “grants” to support them in their indeavours…but being the party of stupid, I honestly can’t see any of this happening.

  10. Rich Vail
    March 20th, 2013 @ 4:21 am

    If these people would only pony up, $500,000-$1,000,000, they could support between 10-20 bloggers…but the consulting class of the GOP doesn’t see us as allies, but rather we’re seen as a threat to their rice bowl.
    I think that’s because most of us are either far more conservative, or libertarian than the “pragmatic’ class of consultants and lobbyists. We’ve not yet given up our principles as “karl Rove” types have. We actually believe what we writet about.

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  12. Quartermaster
    March 20th, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    The elites are the Ancient Regime facing the Blogger’s French Revolution. They are scared to death and rightfully so, given their incompetence and behavior. The Elites hate the base, and anything that energizes them to do things they don’t like is bad. Very bad.

    The GOP is looking down the barrel of a gun because of their leftist behavior and they aren’t getting away with betraying any longer because the bloggers get the word out and you know how rats and cockroaches run when the light shines.

  13. darthlevin
    March 20th, 2013 @ 8:08 am

    The words “tea party” also don’t appear in the RNC report.

  14. AnonymousDrivel
    March 20th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    The consulting class cannot afford to interview the blogospherians because to do so, and to find that those under/non-paid actors actually giving BETTER (and assuredly cheaper) advice, would undermine the entire consultancy business since it might validate some competition. Just as with the internet upending the MFM and proving that everyone has an opinion and not everyone deserves to be the highly paid conduit reading a prompter, the blogging class can upend punditry and consultancy via open source collaboration. Consultants are what could be called closed-source and proprietary systems and, for that, customers must pay an artificially inflated price. Open sourcing (via bloggers) removes their power and money. It’s ALWAYS about power and money (with a sizable dollop of ego).

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 20th, 2013 @ 9:36 am
  16. Becca Lower
    March 20th, 2013 @ 9:51 am


  17. Becca Lower
    March 20th, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    And even the ones that lose end up getting think tank or media gigs (or go on the speaker circuit), where they make much more money.

  18. Scribe of Slog (McGehee)
    March 20th, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Take away their consulting fees, and these guys wouldn’t have anything to do with politics.

    I like this proposal.

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