Online War Room

The Obama campaign is setting up an online war room...

A crack team of cybernauts will form a rapid response internet “war room” to track and respond aggressively to online rumours that Barack Obama is unpatriotic and a Muslim.[...]  Jen Psaki, a spokeswomen for Mr Obama [said] “The only way to run a campaign is to respond immediately when inaccurate information is put out."

This is important.  It's not enough to focus on responding to the mainstream media, as mainstream media coverage is often just a final manifestation of stories that bubble up days, weeks or months earlier online.  If you're not monitoring and shaping information development online, you'll find yourself playing defense in the mainstream media.   And losing the battle for conventional wisdom.

The Left has gotten very good at this, setting up campaign war rooms (e.g., Clinton, Obama), permanent campaign war rooms like Think Progress, Wonk Room, TPM Muckraker, TPM Election Central and Media Matters, and war room research distribution points like Atrios and Talking Points Memo and others.   Progressive advocacy groups are also tapping into this, as well.

Meanwhile, where are the War Rooms on the Right?   Who has an effective version of this? I can't think of any serious equivalent.  This is a major strategic disadvantage.

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war room?

The british press make it sound pretty dramatic, but I didn't see any actual names or numbers in that story. Is this 2 interns on dialup sitting in the closet? Or is it something more serious.

Hard to tell.

 

His not being Patriotic

Isn't a Rumor

Can this be a war room? I'd

Can this be a war room? I'd like a war room to participate in and I'm sure there are others who would also.

First Step to Virtual War Room

The first step is building a list of sites that need monitoring.  Not DKos type stuff, but mainstream outlets like the WaPo boards, etc.  You can go to the lefty sites and yell your head off and get nowhere.

Isn't that a job for the campaign...

Shouldn't defending McCain be left to the McCain campaign?  Would they even appreciate the help?

If "we" want to create a war room, it ought to have a broader scope, like correcting fallacies about conservatism, the role of government, and such.  It should last longer then the McCain campaign.

Conservative war room

The Left has done such a thing. What are needed are the resources to hire some staff and build a decent-looking website. (Go minimal like The Next Right to save costs.) Anyone know of any rich conservatives willing to plunk down the cash to get it started?

I wouldn't bet on them

I wouldn't bet on them wanting the help.  It's become conventional wisdom that Republicans have their heads in the sand, but an unfortunate trend I've observed this cycle is that lots of GOP campaigns have a "we know what we're doing; leave it to the professionals" attitude toward outside help.  I think the polls, and more than likely the eventual election results, will demonstrate the wisdom of this particular philosophy.

Have You Guys Seen FireFox 3 Yet?

We don't need filthy rich Republican money to do some really cool things with embedded technology.  FireFox 3 has web crawlers that will bring you all kinds of news, information, and do your dirty work for you by scanning any types of sites from DKos to TPM to whatever. 

Can this website provide tabs, i.e. the home page for blogging and headline articles, then a tab for the War Room, then a tab for monitoring hard election statistics, then a tab for "good news" about Republicans, etc.? 

I'm not interested in social networking because I want to retain my anonymity, but everyone here is capable of doing some sort of facilitating, citizen journalism and grassroots activism and some of the tools may already be out there waiting for you to download them on Firefox 3.  Here's the link:  www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-rc.html  Scroll down and select the option for "English". 

Strangely enough, there's a totally anarchic organization without any formal leadership which is a model of networking, activism, reform and achieving real results.  Has anybody here ever had a "nudge from the judge" to go to an AA meeting?  LOL, AA and all its offshoot 12 step programs have put together the world's largest infrastructure of completely leaderless community based around a few simple ideas that are common to each local group. 

Step 1:  "We admitted we were powerless over the GOP and that our lives had become unmanageable"

Heh.

Yup

After this election, there will be a reckoning. The happy talksters -- just give me money and everything will be fine! -- will be toast.

It ain't 2002 any more. And some people are starting to notice.

Soren, can this site support tabs?

That would rock - and it would help people organize and home in on their homie projects, issues, etc.  If so, do you want to do a poll to see which tabs people most want?

Shedding Fears

 

The first step is building a list of sites that need monitoring.

 

How about starting with QandO???

 

WHY I FEAR JOHN MCCAIN

Written By:  Jon Henke

 

QandO is fun!

Is it just me, or do Libertarians have like...way higher IQ's than redneckhicks clinging to their guns and religion? Wouldn't QandO be a great site to test a William F. Buckley Insult Generator? 

Feel free, Pogue

I haven't changed.  I've been very clear about my political preferences, and I've criticized both Republicans and Democrats. 

To be clear: there's a great deal I don't like about McCain.   He's not a Goldwater Republican.  On the other hand, the alternative is one-party consolidation of power. 

I thought it was a good article

and I really do like reading what the smart kids write on the QandO website - that was my first visit, thanks to Pogue (póg mo thóin?  Heh).  

I still want to see a Buckley Insult Generator.  For example:  The effulgence of the QandO psephologists expose the dysphasiac credenda of NoTreason as public obloquy and contumely. 

Maybe we can work on that after McCain is elected. 

Do you really believe this?

"To be clear: there's a great deal I don't like about McCain.   He's not a Goldwater Republican.  On the other hand, the alternative is one-party consolidation of power. "

ex animo

davidfarrar

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Well he is right

John McCain is no Barry Goldwater

and the Alternative is to hand the Democrats the keys to everything except the Supreme court

Come on.

You know better than that. We are going to have an effective minority in Congress, capable of mitigating the worse of the liberal legislation for at least two years, until the 2010 elections, while we party-build. Hopefully, we can restructure the party into the 21st Century, into the "Communication" Age, and come out of the 2012 elections victorious.

ex animo

davidfarrar

The Right's War Rooms

I take issue with Jon's contention that the right has no equivalent to the left's war rooms. We certainly may not have as many campaign-style blogs like the ones he mentions, but there is plently of work being done.

Jon should ask to added to the RNC's e-mail list for bloggers. Today I received 17 e-mails from the crack team at the RNC that's putting in long hours to dig up opposition research and instantly respond to breaking news with relevant information. I got another six e-mails from the McCain campaign today, including an invitation to a blogger call Wednesday that will serve as a key function of McCain's war room.

Many of the blogs that Jon mentions were predated by organizations have that have been doing war room-like work for years if not decades. Media Matters was started because of the effectiveness of the Media Research Center. All of the left's reporting-style blogs aren't all that different from what Human Events was doing in the 1970s and 1980s when print ruled the day.

We started The Foundry at Heritage to serve as a rapid response policy blog in January. Our focus was Congress and our objective was to write about policy. Isn't that the same stated mission of Wonk Room, which debuted two months later?

The trouble is that not all of the right's institutions want to support political party or a candidate. Some legally can't. In addition, many of our institions have not adapted, and many openly resist change. However, I think that with a little work (this site is a good start) we can overcome that hurdle. I firmly believe we have the resources. We just need the leadership to guide us there.

Well, leadership does seem to be a little challenge on the Right

So my Idea of the Day is:  Hey kids, let's play a new game that we'll call Leadership Tag.  I predict that game will be over in about 30 seconds - just about the time it takes you to finish reading about it. 

I'm not sure what form "leadership" has to take before we'll accept it and just GTF on.  Are we waiting for some charismatic "personality"?  Why are we so hung up on this "leadership thing"?  Smart money says:  it ain't gonna happen.  Besides, the tools are already there and anyone can pick 'em up.  To quote a particularly grating expression from a particularly hypocritical candidate, why don't we just be the ones we're waiting for?  We can be polite anarchists and take turns.  Today I'll lead, then tomorrow I'll say tag you're It, and then the next day you can tag Jon and he'll be It.  Then we can all form a circular firing squad and blame each other, or - possibly we might actually get something done.  At least on some days. 

On the other hand, there's always Chuck Norris.  I've heard there is no ctrl button on Chuck Norris' computer because, after all, he is always in control.  I also heard that contrary to popular opinion, America is not a Democracy or a Republic.  It's a Chucktatorship.

Jon should ask to added to

Jon should ask to added to the RNC's e-mail list for bloggers.

I'm on it.  That's useful, but different from this. 

Media Matters was started because of the effectiveness of the Media Research Center. All of the left's reporting-style blogs aren't all that different from what Human Events was doing in the 1970s and 1980s when print ruled the day.

Yes, there's nothing truly new under the sun.  But the Left evolved and made their projects relevant to, and effective within, the new media space.   'Right-of-Center organizations used to do that' isn't really a counterargument.

We started The Foundry at Heritage to serve as a rapid response policy blog in January. Our focus was Congress and our objective was to write about policy. 

I applaud that and wish you the best.   I'm not sure if the Foundry really counts as a war room, per se.

War Rooms are for campaigns

We need to do what blogs are good at. Promoting and distributing ideas.

 

War rooms need to tell US stuff

tit for tat

Like the latest tit-for-tat between the Obama and McCain campaigns? That's what happens on a daily basis.

Politics is a three-front war

Policy, intellectual, and popular.

The right has built up our forces in the policy realm but sorely neglected them in the latter two, especially the popular front.

Unfortunately, far too many right power elites think that anything other than policy position papers is "frivolous."

They'll be violently disabused of that notion soon, I hope.

Actually, we need to do more...

...than what the left is doing cybernetically. We need to design a conservative web-presence that promotes "collective-group" action. In other words, the right must move beyond the present web-design envelope and into the mass one-on-one commutative/action phase of effective web design.

It's time to move the party completely "online" to take advantage of all registered Republicans, not just those who have seats on their local ECs.  The RNC is wrong when its says not enough of its members have access to the Internet to engage in this type of networking. It's just an excuse. The real numbers of Internet access within the age range of 45 to 60 is well over 50%.

The need to more ahead is evident, but don't hold your breath. I really don't see the RNC or the DNC ever actually wanting to allow their members any sort of true representation within their party structure. Today's political parties are not about two-way communication. Today's political parties are simply a mechanism of control. In politics, communication is power, and power is never given. It is always taken.

ex animo

davidfarrar