The Fighting Four

Erick Erickson is right.

Let’s be honest. One of the reasons the left is so head over heels in love with the online left is because of the moonbat ability to turn on the cash. [...] [I]f we want to be taken seriously, we need to step up to the plate.

As he says, "the establishment of the Republican Party will keep ignoring us" until the online Right has a tangible impact on the measurable metrics of politics: messaging, mobilization and money.

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Low Spark


Moonbat. Yeah, okay.

I see you set the bar pretty low for not one but four guys. Rep. Joe Wilson got his opponent to close to a million in under a week.

rbottoms, you troll over here

rbottoms, you troll over here too.



Troll or not, that's a pretty low money goal... for comparison, but with ONE politician instead of four...

Drum Roll Please...

Not moving the ol' thermometer much.

not credible

as far as i'm concerned, mr. erickson has zero credibility because the blog he operates bans dissenting viewpoints or any attempt to correct interpretations of facts.  for a brief period i found that blog a decent place for a moderate republican to go - no mention of the crazies pretending to be in support of republicans...  until i dared dispute a rather infantile attempt to distort facts and numbers to make a frivolous character attack - something that doesnt belong in the debate in the first place.

i would agree that in order to compete, it requires the "put up or shut up", but the put up has to go to people who actually represent policy that has supportable research.

for instance, you don't have to google much to pull the overwhelming amount of industry research on how this country screetches to a halt the higher the ratio of health care costs is to GDP.  so, where are the R's who've got the guts to stand up against the fringe and say - no more, we don't represent hate?

its beyond frustrating.  the irony to me is that democrats are as equally frustrated with their politicians.  its as if its anti-republican to suggest that we need civility in the discourse or that we the people in the big middle (<$250k) need to find a way to hit the eject button on practically all of Congress.  One thing is for certain, Mr. Erickson's red state of mind to censor dissent does not help being "taken seriously"


It's all about perception

A more correct statement would be, "One of the reasons the left pretends to be so head over heels in love with the online left is because of the moonbat ability to turn on the cash."  That's an important distinction.   If the "moonbat" left were really running the show, the current discussion right now would be about single payer, not public option.  But so long as the left can keep up the perception that they're getting the most liberal bill they can, then the money keeps flowing from both the "moonbat" left as well as the health insurance companies who are still able to influence the conversation on the hill.  The Democrats are playing both sides of the filed, and, at least for now, it seems to be working. 

The problem for the right is the perception is that, by this very same logic, the right is head over heals for corporations.  Saying it's OK to have the government intrude in your life by saying you "have to have health insurance or we'll fine you" but only if you buy it from one of a handful of corporate donors does not create a good image for the politicians on the right.  I don't think the right is playing the filed very well.  If they want the "moonbat" right to donate, then they need to stand against all government intrusion to healthcare, which includes things like mandatory coverage.  The Ron Paul types will be quite enamored, and money would flow from them.  This would guarantee a loss on the issue, though, just like single payer would guarantee it for the left.  If they want to appeal to the more moderate wing of the party, then they need to be more willing to move further left and tone down the libertarian talking points.  Right now, they seem to be in the middle where the rhetoric says one thing (libertarian), the actual proposals say another (a mixed bag), and virtually no one is happy except Aetna, BCBS and Cigna.  Whether it's true or not, the perception for moderates is that this could become a corporate give-away.  Unlike the left, to individual donors, the right doesn't look like it's trying to get the most conservative bill it can given the political climate; the right looks like it's taking itself out of the game by strongly appealing to only a sub-set of the far right and the insurance companies. 

Oh really?

its beyond frustrating.  the irony to me is that democrats are as equally frustrated with their politicians.

We hate them so much Rep. Joe Wilon's opponent went from obscurity to a million dolars in donations in about a week. I hope someone hates me that much and soon.


Bring the Stoopid

I'm getting way too much irony in my blood.

Courtesy Balloon Juice

Protesters who attended Saturday’s Tea Party rally in Washington found a new reason to be upset: Apparently they are unhappy with the level of service provided by the subway system.

Rep. Kevin Brady called for a government investigation into whether the government-run subway system adequately prepared for this weekend’s rally to protest government spending and government services.


The Texas Republican on Wednesday released a letter he sent to Washington’s Metro system complaining that the taxpayer-funded subway system was unable to properly transport protesters to the rally to protest government spending and expansion.

It gets even better:

Back in July HR3288, a Transportation and HUD appropriations bill, came up for a vote. It included $150 million for emergency maintenance funding for the DC Metro.

Brady voted against it.

The only appropriate response to people like this is open, mocking laughter.


Can't Get it Up?

We all have problems performing sometimes....


Seems like the "moonbats" have more than wackiness going for them.


Dead Shark

Are you bored with writing the blog or what?

rbottoms is the perfect liberal troll -and he proves it!

First, someone calls out rbottoms, our village idiot troll, for getting discovered trolling at yet another site, The Next Right.

Submitted by EscapeVelozity on Wed, 09/16/2009 - 14:07.

rbottoms, you troll over here too.

Then, our village troll tries to bait anyone, everyone or any combination thereof into a meaningless debate about side issues with a quote from Balloon Juice (sigh).

Submitted by rbottoms on Thu, 09/17/2009 - 14:32.

I'm getting way too much irony in my blood.

Then when our village troll, rbottoms, doesn't get the attention that all liberal trolls demand, he pouts.  And pleas.

Submitted by rbottoms on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 14:18.

Are you (Jon Henke) bored with writing the blog or what?

Is there any site in America, nay the Free World, visited by more liberal trolls than The Next Right?  I think not.

Obama got it half-right this weekend (which, for a half-wit is pretty good)... "they (cable networks & blogs) can’t get enough of conflict, it’s cat nip to the media right now and the easiest way to get 15 minutes of fame, is to be rude to somebody."

Newsflash for our HalfWitPresident:  the far Left's liberal trolls (like our own rbottoms, Mead50, ClassicLiberal, Democritus, et al)  have been doing exactly what you complain about of your opponents --while working for you, with you.  Can Obama get anymore deceitful and shamefully duplicitous?  Well, it is early for him.

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