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Can Social Media Help the Republican Party?

January 7, 2009

Great article on Ars Technica today on this very topic!

After experiencing defeat at the hands of Barack Obama’s networked Democratic Party, a number of young Republican strategists have been arguing the future of the Republican Party will be found using social media.

While author Julian Sanchez believes deeper soul searching might be required to bring the Republican Party back to power, his article provides some interesting background on the discussions surrounding the GOP’s online future.

From Ars Technica:

Since the humbling results of the November election came in, the conservative movement has been scrambling to assess what happened—and to figure out how to prevent it from happening again. Much of this effort, in light of the Obama campaign’s much ballyhooed online operation, has focused on closing the technology gap with the left, and getting conservative candidates and activists to make better use of new media. Hence we see sites like Top Conservatives on Twitter, meant to publicize co-partisans on the popular microblogging service and encourage others to sign up.

The most prominent of the restructuring efforts, though, is Rebuild the Party, brainchild of a group of Republican online strategists who are pushing the idea that adapting to the Internet must be the GOP’s top priority over the next four years. They’re proposing an ambitious goal of recruiting 5 million new online activists and insisting on a new openness that better integrates distributed grassroots efforts. In the past week, RedState founder Erick Erickson has laid out some more detailed advice to his fellow conservatives—heartily seconded by The Next Right’s Patrick Ruffini.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

But while Nancy Scola at TechPresident lauds Ruffini for avoiding “tool fetishism”—for recognizing that adapting to the Net is more about embracing a certain culture and worldview than about exploiting any particular gadget or social networking site—I wonder whether there isn’t a broader technofetishism at work here.  It’s not that they shouldn’t be thinking about how to do online organizing as well as the Obama team did, but at times the impulse to focus on modernizing tactics and strategy makes me think of the Microsoft execs convinced that the right ad campaign will finally convince people they love Vista.

Conservatism has much bigger problems right now than a paucity of Twitter skills. (I say this, for what it’s worth, as someone who’s often classified as part of the broad “right,” my frequent criticisms of this administration notwithstanding.) Front and center is that the end of the Cold War and a governing party that made “small government” a punchline has left it very much unclear what, precisely, “conservatism” means. The movement was always a somewhat uneasy coalition of market enthusiasts and social traditionalists, defined at least as much by what (and who) they opposed as by any core common principles. The Palin strategy—recapturing that oppositional unity by rebranding the GOP as the party of cultural ressentiment—is just a recipe for a death spiral. Conservatives don’t need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they’re promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection.

There are plenty of good ideas here, and this is clearly an area where the right needs to make up ground. We now know that strategists on McCain’s team actually proposed taking advantage of text-messaging, but were shot down because the idea seemed “undignified.” We also know, via the folks who model the blogosphere with an array of sophisticated statistical tools, that there was a lot of grassroots writing and activism going on that never got well integrated into the online activist “core.” And as I reported the other day, Barack Obama is looking at a huge advantage in supporters who are connected, and ready to push his agenda, on the Internet.  It’s absolutely true that they’ve got to play serious catch-up on this front.

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Ann Coulter Banned By NBC?

January 6, 2009

Well, if you listen to various media reports, it appears that Ann Coulter has been banned by NBC. I’ve read numerous stories that NBC scrapped an appearance at the last minute, and that the network has banned her from its air for life.

From E! Online:

The liberal media elite has run afoul of Ann Coulter yet again. Well, that didn’t take long.

The lightning-rod conservative pundit is crying conspiracy—liberal media elite conspiracy, that is—over her last-minute cancellation from this morning’s edition of the Today show. She claims her new book’s inflammatory, right-leaning rhetoric, and not, as NBC insists, the little matter of devoting more air time to the ever-worsening Middle East conflict, was the reason for her abrupt bump.

“I guess this ends the ‘they just want to get ratings’ argument about liberal media bias,” Coulter grouses on her website.

Coulter was due to appear on the first and fourth hours of Today to promote her new book, Guilty: Liberal ‘Victims’ and Their Assault on America, and while the Drudge Report yesterday upped the conspiracy ante, breathlessly reporting that Coulter has been permanently banned from the show, NBC News says hooey.

“We’ve had Ann Coulter on Today many times, but because of the news in Washington and the Middle East, we decided to cancel her appearance tomorrow,” the network said Monday. “Understanding the media as well as she does, we are sure she knows this happens from time to time. We look forward to welcoming her back in the future.”

Coulter will instead appear on CBS’ Early Show this morning to promote her new tome and no doubt continue to bash NBC, as she did on last night’s edition of Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes.

“I know the whole thing was a setup to block me from other TV shows,” she said. “I think if my book does well I can buy NBC.”

In lieu of Coulter’s appearance this morning, Today featured an interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair about his Middle East peacekeeping missions, a rundown of President-elect Barack Obama‘s economic stimulus package and—this one’s really gotta hurt—an interview with Perez Hilton.

From Examiner.com:

I just heard Ann Coulter explain the “I-was-banned-for-life-from-NBC” story that was making the rounds yesterday. She’s a guest on FOX & Friends this morning, and was on Hannity & Colmes last night, and I caught both appearances.

And I still don’t “get” it.

I wish her publicists at Crown Forum had come up with an easier to digest “controversy” to coincide with the release of her new book Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America

Like, say, concentrating on the thesis of her book, which sounds pretty reasonable to me.

Mostly because I’ve been saying and writing about the same idea for years at my blog.

That is: that throughout history, people who craved honor and attention pretended to be heroes: think about the old jokes about guys in the nut house who thought they were Napoleon or Jesus, or the crazy uncle in Arsenic and Old Lace who believes he’s Theodore Roosevelt.

Sometime around the 1970s, however, the magnetic poles of heroism switched.

Today, if you want honor and attention, you vie to be seen as a victim. Think of Tawana Brawley. Fake memoirs abound in which the authors claim to have been everything from Holocaust survivors to impoverished ghetto girls. Fake Vietnam vetsfake vietnam vets are practically epidemic.

It’s a fascinating phenomenon that says a lot (none of it flattering) about our liberal-run society.

That’s why I’ve written about it so much at my blog.

Alas, unlike Ann Coulter, I don’t have a juicy multi-book contract with a big publishing company.

And unlike all those liberal “victims,” I’m not going to whine about that.

Instead, I’ll say what I always say about Ann Coulter: she’s a lot better on paper than she is on tv or on the radio. So if she turns you off or just leaves you cold when you see interviews with her, please: take a chance and read her instead.

You might just learn something, and laugh at the same time, corny as it sounds.

Ann Coulter doesn’t need these goofy imaginary controversies to sell books — in fact, this “banned for life” non-starter makes her look like the very folks she condemns in Guilty.

Ann Coulter Silenced by Badly Broken Jaw

November 25, 2008

Ann Coulter, the outspoken conservative writer seen all across American television leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election, has been forced to keep quiet after she took a fall last month. In the fall, Coulter sustained injuries that have required that her jaw be wired shut.

I’m sure that there are liberals everywhere today who think that Thanksgiving has come early this year. It’ll be very strange to turn on one of the political shows on cable television in the lead up to Barack Obama’s inauguration in January and not see Ann speaking her mind.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Page Six is reporting that right-wing agitator and controversy-seeker Ann Coulter’s jaw is wired tightly shut.

I know, I know. If the report is true, It’s almost as if our prayers have been answered.

Apparently it was broken, but by whom, no one seems to be sure.  We could hazard a guess, but why throw roses yet.

The blogosphere is already aquiver over the idea of a forced Coulter Moment of Silence.

Finally, the Right Wing Barbie Doll has to shut up. This is, after all, the woman who called 2004 VP nominee John Edwards the F-word in 2007 while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the ‘gay hate word’ ” so I’m — so, kind of at an impasse, can’t really talk about Edwards, so I think I’ll just conclude here and take your questions.”

From the Oregonian:

Reports have been sketchy as to the reason behind the broken jaw. I’m sure there have been visions of a fist fight with Rosie O’Donnell or just any liberal pundit taking a crack shot at that long face but it seems that it was only a nasty fall that Coulter took about a month back.

The timing is less than opportune, as Coulter is currently in the process of finishing the audio version of her upcoming book, The New Ann Coulter.

For more info on why Coulter is so good at causing ruckus and getting liberal panties in a bunch, you can check out a site dedicated to hating her, anticoulter.com.