Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
Bandersnatch 2024
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

So, What's Your Worst Dining Out Experience? [eddiebear] | Main | Professor get 6 months for faked hate mail
November 18, 2007

Waiting for the media OK on Fred [someone]

Now I'm probably not allowed to express a non-Rudy-shilling position on primary season in this blog, so most of this post is after the cut.

(Bottom line: if you like the guy, donate this Wednesday.)

A recent straw poll among Redstate readers/commenters had Fred far, far ahead of the field, both in first-place preference and overall. I think this is pretty representative of online activist opinion -- unsurprisingly, since his views are so superior a fit for primary voters that it's not funny. The odd thing, though, is that pro-Fred sentiment is oddly muted around the blogosphere, even at Redstate itself.

There are, I think, several reasons for this. First, obviously, is the hostile media environment. From his very first speech, the beltway media settled upon a unified metanarrative: that Fred, being not inclined to do things their way, lacked "fire" and heart and couldn't be taken seriously. Thus the bizarre "Hm, who's going to win, Rudy or Romney?" stories, and the suggestion that a Gallup poll (the most recent) that actually has him UP shows the cratering of his campaign. To even *mention* Fred, at this point, seems a faux pas on the level of suggesting a year ago that we could win the war.

Second, the "conservative" blogosphere turns out to be not terribly representative of the base at this huge juncture. Half of them are beltway manque, and a whole bunch of others (including our host) are actually to the left of Republican center and *like* Rudy's non-conservative positions. If Fred gets the nomination they'll all of course back him against Darth Rodham, but for now most seem happy to assist the media in shoving Giuliani down our throats.

Third, Fred's campaign hasn't seemed to do much in establishing an effective counternarrative in the online world. It's not necessarily essential -- getting bloggers backing him may not be the best way to win South Carolina and do well enough relatively in the other early states to wind up as the last non-Rudy standing (at which point he'd be a pretty strong favorite) -- but the visible morale of his backers isn't nothing either.

So what? Well, if you're Fred's campaign you might think of winning a few new media news cycles. Establishment outlets aren't going to give him credit unless and until he has the nomination almost sewn up, but he does have lots of sympathetic ears elsewhere, many of whom seem to be waiting for some cue. And aren't we supporting the guy largely for his ability to reframe issues in the teeth of the media?

But if, like most of us morons, you're neither a pro nor a blogging bigshot, I think the important thing is to realize that the media's never going to come out and say "OK, this guy Fred has a good chance, it's OK to support him now." The beltway is too much of a guild, the Republican establishment is too liberal, and big bloggers have a bit too much of each going on. What's left? You. If you're for the guy, stand up. Here, at the online donation day Wednesday (organized, incidentally, totally spontaneously in his blog's comments section), at home, on your blog, whatever. After the immigration triumph, I'll never doubt grassroots conservatives' potential again. Don't you sell yourselves short either.

digg this
posted by xgenghisx at 08:15 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
JQ: "Maybe it would be a good thing, if everyone's pron ..."

Days of wasted Miklosian Youth: "Posted by: JQ Hi JQ! *Miklos may have hit th ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "Morning, fellow insomaniacals, F. Joke is missi ..."

JQ: "Hell, IDK how commie stuff works. Guess I'll be le ..."

Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, : "[i]So listen very carefully Get closer now and yo ..."

JQ: "And? Posted by: Miklos is an alumnus of the karl ..."

Miklos is an alumnus of the karl Mrx University of Economic Sciences : " Hmm. IDK... Dontcha hafta be a General Secretary ..."

javems: "According to this source, it's believed Biden had ..."

Miklos suspects: "I bet if Trump said loudly "I will pardon all J6er ..."

JQ: "If they can have "Czars", can I be a Minister Plen ..."

Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, : "I just want to fire people and cut their pensions. ..."

Biden's Dog sniffs a whole lotta malarkey, : "Crooks had a transmitter. Shady as hell": https ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64