Monday, June 30, 2008

Lets get this right kick-off

The network of McCain supporter sites is going through a growth spurt, right, left, and center. On July 1st, the anniversary of John McCain’s promotion to Commander of Attack Squadron 174 in 1976, the founders of John McCain 2008 Social Network and McCain Now are launching They have worked tirelessly to launch a site that focuses on supporting Senator McCain and local Republicans across the country. They are looking to raise money for a series of candidates in important races.

So, on the same day that Senator John McCain visits Indianapolis and the anniversary of his promotion, Let's Get This Right will kick off nationally.

Sarah Palin's Lt Gov for Congress

Patrick Ruffini wrote on this today at AK-1 support Sean Parnell Today

"A few minutes ago I got an email from the Club for Growth asking me to support Sean Parnell on the final day of the 2nd quarter. I didn't even need to read it -- I knew what to do. I clicked through and contributed, and felt really good about it. You should too.

Sean Parnell -- Sarah Palin's lieutenant governor -- is challenging Don "It's my money!" Young in the August 26th Republican primary for Alaska's at-large House seat.

Young is the worst of the worst when it comes to the nexus of corruption and earmarks. He was the original sponsor of the Bridge to Nowhere. And he is under an FBI bribery investigation."

Parnell: Make A Difference
Endorsed by Club for Growth and other conservative groups, and frankly I get a kick out of the Republican party kicking it's own bad apples out, that makes us a real movement for change. has met its conservative match

You may not know us but we have been working day and night in support of John McCain, the Republican Party and more importantly, this country that we all hold dear. We have created 25+ websites, coordinated 200 pro-McCain blogs and have organized Google and Facebook groups in all 50 states and have in collaboration with others created the online presence of John McCain for President.

We have decided that while supporting John McCain is a great and honorable task, we want to broaden our support of the Republican Party and most importantly, our nation. This election is vitally important so
Let’s Get this Right

We are at risk of losing dozens of seats in Congress, facing a virtually unstoppable Democratic majority in the Senate and of course, losing the White House.

To any Republican who is considering staying home on November 4th we have one message, “Shame on You.” Don’t stay home.
Let’s Get This Right. Your local representative deserves better. Your Congressperson deserves better. Your Senator deserves better and our country deserves better.

As Ronald Reagan said “Sailing off a cliff with all flags flying is still sailing off a cliff.” Let’s not sail off that cliff.
Let’s Get This Right.

So what exactly are we asking?

We are asking for a leap of faith. We are asking for a dedication to a Cause Greater. We are asking for a show of courage and commitment.

We are asking you to reach out to the 11 million “republicans” who stayed home in November 2006 and turned the Senate over to Harry Reid and the Congress to Nancy Pelosi and make sure they don't do it again.

We are asking you to visit and find out what we are all about and how you can get involved.

We are asking that you go to and donate as little as $10 to any or if you can, all of our selected Congressional and Senatorial candidates and $10, $25, $50, $100 or any amount you can afford to John McCain.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has given as little as $98 to some of these campaigns. With your help we can do better than that.
Much better. We have chosen these candidates for a variety of reasons, including their positions on issues, financial need, political geography and in some cases, publicity.

Help us show the world that Barack Obama, and the far left do not own the internet. We are being told that this election is about “hope and change.” We believe this election is about “Character, Courage, and Experience.”

We believe this election is about “Securing America’s Future.”

On July 1st,
Promotion Day for John McCain we will be launching a national effort in support of John McCain, the Republican Party and this nation. We wanted to share this with you in advance and ask that you help us build this online presence just as we did for the McCain Campaign.

No more Jack Abrahamhoffs.
Let’s Get this Right!
No more Bridges to Nowhere.
Let’s Get this Right!
No more Duke Cunninghams.
Let’s Get this Right!

The next President needs to secure our borders.
Let’s Get this Right!

The next President, working with Congress must end earmarking and the corruption it breeds. Let's Get This Right!

The next President will nominate at least two Supreme Court Justices. Let’s Get this Right!

The next President must promote our energy security. Let’s Get this Right!

This election is vitally important.


Sheridan Folger and Brad Marston

Support John McCain Online

Sunday, June 29, 2008

John McCain in Indiana on July 1st

Event Info
Time and Place
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
9:45am - 10:15am
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
Contact Info

Obama - Change we can't afford

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Senator McCain - I understand the value of freedom

Hillary bloggers shut down? Obama behind it?

Update: Late word last night that Blogger relented upon appeal and agreed to turn them back on. Something about "we thought there was a spam problem" ... of course that's the trick the Obama supporters used. They complain to blogger about spamming and get them to "investigate" the blogs they don't like.

We had the same thing happen in NW Indiana, when a mayor didn't like some things being said about him on a message board, so he had staff go on and submit "offensive" on all the posts, which the paper did then remove.

The author believes that his site and others were shut down because they are running an anti-Barack campaign. If this is the case, this is outright censorship by Google. Hard to believe but the coincidence is as well.

This is a message from the Blogger team.
Your blog, at, has been identified as a potential spam blog. . .
You will not be able to publish posts to your blog until we review your site and confirm that it is not a spam blog. . .

I thought this was a fluke and that I was alone, until I went to the Hillary Clinton Forum and saw Nobama’s post “Blogger just shut down my NObama Blog!!

Turns out that a number of us were “blocked”. The common thread, our membership in the Just Say No Deal Coalition — a coalition of millions with one thing in common: NObama. Then, Diane Mantouvalos, one of the founders of the coalition, advised the next day that her personal computer had been hacked.

Uppity Woman has a running list of blogs affected as well. In an abundance of caution, she’s set up an alternate site to be used if and when her blogger site is blocked completely (I was shocked to learn that since June 3, she’s had to use word verification to create new posts.)
blog it

Obama supporters treated like ATM's

Many of us are frustrated this week that Twitter has taken down the reply feature, so it's real tough to have active conversations there. So quite a few moved over to FriendFeed to keep things engaged. I happened across this post and resulting comments, albeit the original poster is probably a Democrat and many of the others are too. But suffice it to say, some of the comments are very eye opening. If you're sitting on twitter waiting for things to get hot, don't, head over and join the debate and interaction on FriendFeed.

"I don't want to be an Obama ATM"
"Now that he's running for general election, he's compromising and moving back to the center"
"He'll need millions, thus the reason he's moving closer to the Clinton power brokers"

Dave Winer posted a message on Twitter
The honeymoon is over. Obama is now running for President, with all that implies: need for vast sums of money, move to center, compromise with non-liberal voters. And now the backlash begins. "But he's OUR candidate! How dare he." - Leo Laporte

I take it as read that politics is all about compromise, and money. Take the latest vote on giving Telecoms immunity. Nancy Pelosi says she voted for the bill because there might be another bill that's worse than this one. I just don't see how a politician can be elected without selling themselves out in some way. I like Al Gore far better since he left politics (sort of) than when he was an elected official. For me the longer I'm around the more cynical I get. Lost my virginity with McGovern. - Henry Burger

I don't agree with Obama on immunity - but I'm a supporter and he was NEVER the most progressive candidate. Obama is being pretty consistent here with what I expected in the primary and the more I think about it, the more I agree with Keith Olbermann's take on this - Obama might be being smart here. - Lee Stranahan via Alert Thingy

I got the same email only they asked me for $25 bucks. Maybe it's proportional to what you've donated in the past? - Kyle

Kyle - it's much more effective to ask for a small amount - those who can do more will, and those who cannot won't be offended. - Anthony Citrano

@Henry Burger - You like Al Gore more - that's understandable. Firstly, because he does his cool slide show. Secondly, because he doesn't have to make possibly uncomfortable choices any more. Telling the world what's wrong is easier than fixing the world. If he actually had to fix the environment, he would have to make choices that a lot of people wouldn't like. - sebmos

Kyle, all my donations have been $100. - Dave Winer

I had a donation of $30 dollars during the primaries. Sounds like they are just asking you to re-donate the same amount you have in the past. - Kyle

Of course you're an ATM-what do you think he wants to show up at your house and shoot baskets with you while he finds out about what issues really matter? If you want that you better put a lot more zeroes behind the amount you give. - Mark Forman

@Mark Forman - You obviously don't understand the US election donation law. - sebmos

@sebmos - you obviously don't understand humour :) - Jordan Brock

Obama's a politician...shock! - Hrag

Yesterday I was sitting with one of Obama's Tech Advisers. We were having breakfast. He told me to look around. He said that everyone around us was Clinton's biggest money supporters. Turned out he was right, they spoke to these people later that day. They are very pissed, he said. Why? Because they raise money millions at a time. Obama has gotten them out of the loop because they were no longer able to buy their way to power. So, I'm now far more willing to be seen as an ATM by Obama. - Robert Scoble

Here's an article on this meeting: - Robert Scoble

There is always power and luxury to those that cater to those outside of the borders they represent. Obama and Corn will turn America into a modern day plantation for fuel. No energy diversity here. All about the money - Noah David Simon

So Obama is a bum because we all don't get to have a personal sit-down meeting with him? - Mike Doeff

I believe it is called a "Cash Crop Economy". America really will be a 3rd world nation, because we won't be able to eat our own food! Energy for the rest of the world. No more corn bread. - Noah David Simon

@Kyle and Dave: Typical fund raising is to ask for the amount you gave previously or a slight bit higher. It's all dynamic. You gave $30 last time, you might be asked to give $35, doesn't sound like a lot, but that's a 17% increase in giving, do that across a vast donation base and it adds up - quick. Politics and money are intertwined (like it or not), and I'm happy Obama and Democrats have finally figured out and harnessed direct marketing. - AJ Kohn

I think it's pretty amazing to see the extent to which Obama's supporters will rationalize his pointless conservativism. - J T. Ramsay

All this talk about money and special interests is why the US should adopt the California policy of two term limits. It keeps anyone from getting to entrenched and beholden to special interests. Or we could go to the Mexican policy of only one term and the holder of an office can not campaign for a new position unless they resign from their existing position. This eliminates the advantage of the incumbent and keeps the person focused on governing not raising campaign funds. The current system if broken. - Jon Erickson

Leo, then let him get the money from non-liberal voters. - Dave Winer

Obama is just like every other politician. He flip-flops and begs for money. I love how he said he would use public funding and then as soon as he found out he could get a whole lot more from people, he's doing that. - Jason Mitchell via Alert Thingy

Finding it sad that once again Democrats are finding ways to divide themselves and look for ways to lose an election. - AJ Kohn

I just wrote up my thinking on the changing money train in Politics here: - Robert Scoble

Friday, June 27, 2008

Today's McCain Update

Friday, June 27, 2008

The McCain Update - June 27, 2008

The Lexington Project - Making America Energy Secure

Our nation's future security and prosperity depend on the next president making the hard choices that would break our nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy and ensure our economic prosperity by meeting tomorrow's demands for a clean energy portfolio.

John McCain has made the necessary choices - producing more power, pushing technology to help free our transportation sector from its use of foreign oil, cleaning up our air and addressing climate change, and ensuring that Americans have dependable, renewable energy sources. He will lead the effort as president to develop advanced transportation technologies and alternative fuels to promote energy independence and cut-off the flow of oil wealth to regimes like Iran.
Our Latest Ads

This week we released two new web ads exposing the truth about Barack Obama. The first web ad, "Words," focuses on Senator Obama's broken pledge to the American people on public financing. Although he promised to work with John McCain to preserve the current public financing system, Senator Obama ultimately broke his word.

Click here to watch this ad.

The second ad, entitled "Dr. No," spotlights Obama's opposition to providing the American people with short-term, near-term and long-term relief from higher energy prices. Click here to watch this ad.Also, be sure to watch our latest tv ad, "Purpose," about energy security and John McCain's comprehensive and bipartisan plan. It is airing in target states and on cable news, so be sure to watch it today!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Ride the Bus!

We are re-launching our popular "Ride the Bus" contest this week to give one lucky McCainiac and a friend the chance to spend a day on the Straight Talk Express with John McCain. If you make a contribution of any amount before midnight June 30th, you'll be entered to win.

Click here to contribute today.

The Straight Talk Express has become a symbol of the McCain campaign and provides John McCain with a unique forum to engage in conversation about the issues affecting our country. With an immediate donation, you will be entered to win. Please follow this link to complete your donation today. Thank you!

Latest News

John McCain held his latest town hall meeting at Xavier University in Ohio with undecided voters and students from the school this week. It is unconventional to meet with undecided voters, and these town hall meetings are key to John McCain's success in November. He took questions about energy costs, the war in Iraq and education.Below are some of the top news articles from this week. For more news articles and press releases, go to

Time Magazine: A Cause Greater Than Self
Dayton Daily News: McCain: Ohio is key
Politico: Obama: Change Agent Goes Conventional
Washington Post: Trivial Pursuits
Miami Herald: McCain Hosts Tele-Meeting With S. Florida Voters
New York Sun: McCain and Obama Call for Mugabe's Ouster
Dallas Morning News: Obama Financing Decision Hurts System
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Obama's Tactics Are at Odds with His Words About Change
Bloomberg: McCain Proposes Incentives to Spur Fuel Efficiency
San Francisco Chronicle: In Fresno, McCain Keeps Driving the Energy Issue

For more information, log on to and please be sure to forward this newsletter on to family, friends and fellow John McCain supporters.

Hillary supporters working to defeat Obama

Under the umbrella group, Just Say No Deal, diehard Clintonites have set up more than 100 anti-Obama websites in the last 20 days, most of them boiling with indignation." From: Judiciary Report

The Republicans are having fun with a simple phrase Senator Barack Obama apparently, reportedly, purportedly, used during a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week.

Women, loyal to Senator Hillary Clinton, will “get over it,” he reportedly told C.B.C. lawmakers, once they learn what Senator John McCain’s positions are on women’s issues." From: Obama says to Hillary supporters Get Over It

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Elected Democrats shunning Obama

In one case an elected Democrat is so stung by the Clinton loss that she has endorsed John McCain for President!

From Libertarian Republicans: (by way of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton’s defeat.

She’s not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.

And she’s not entirely alone in saying she’ll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.

But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic

Saturday, June 14, 2008

More Vice President Opinions - McCain Strong with Hispanics

Libertarian Republican raises some interesting issues in With Hillary out, McCain could score a one-two punch with Hispanics and Californians by picking Bonnie Garcia as his VP

Now, I won't go so far as to suggest that John McCain choose
California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia as his running mate just to get the Hispanic vote. I am curious about the Hispanic vote with Hillary now beaten down by Barack Obama's Democrats.

McCain's got a shot at the Hispanic vote

Post-Hillary it's increasingly looking like Republican John McCain himself may have a shot at the large and increasing Hispanic vote. This from The Hill, June 11:

Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Obama’s Republican opponent, is also liked by Latinos. He co-sponsored with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) the immigration bill that the CHC is demanding, which would put the country’s 12 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. And he did not buckle under pressure to abandon that position during the GOP primary.

Cecilia Munoz, the senior vice president of research, advocacy and legislation with the National Council of La Raza, said whether McCain can win over large enough numbers of Latino voters is “still an open question.”

“But Latinos are brand-loyal, and after the Clinton brand, the McCain brand is the second-strongest among Latinos because of his military service and his immigration record,” Munoz said.
Moreover, recent polling data suggest that California Hispanics are up-for-grabs. A recent LA Times poll found McCain trailing Obama in the California Hispanics category by only 14%.

Although I would still prefer Sarah Palin due to her strongly conservative positions, this like many posts over the last two months raises the distinct possibility that John McCain will fare much better than expected in California and other border states.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Quote: Barack will be good for Jews despite his Muslim background

that quote from his half brother, not an enemy or smear campaign, his family.

The Jerusalem Post, via LGF, reported:

Barack Obama's half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.

In an interview with Army Radio he expressed a special salutation from the Obamas of Kenya.
Barack Obama's brother Malik Abongo "Roy" Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must "liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture."

Thanks for Gateway Pundit for excerpt, go to article for photo of Obama in Kenya in Muslim garb.

McCain to Host Virtual Town Hall

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's campaign today announced that John McCain, along with RNC Victory Chair Carly Fiorina, will participate in a virtual town hall with Democrats and Independents this Saturday to discuss McCain's record of putting country before political party. Many town hall participants are expected to be former supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign.

The town hall is part of the campaign's effort to build on growing support from voters who are rapidly joining "Citizens for McCain," a new grassroots organization headed by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to rally Americans of all political parties to support John McCain's candidacy.

"The American people know I have a long record of bipartisan problem solving," said John McCain. "They've seen me put our country before any president, before any party, before any special interest -- and before my own interest. They might think me an imperfect servant of our country, which I surely am, but I am her servant first, last and always. I look forward to talking to voters across the country of all parties to present them with my vision for the future of our great nation."

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WHAT: Virtual Town Hall Meeting
WHO: John McCain & RNC Victory Chair Carly Fiornia
WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2008 3:30p.m. ET

PARTICIPATE: To participate, the general public should please visit Members of the media should email to receive call-in information.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

E-Groups the secret to Obama's success?

Patrick Ruffini posts tonite at the Next Right The Secret of eGroups!

So here's the story as I saw it, Patrick wrote a post a few days back defending Barack or at least telling conservatives to stop overreacting to some bloggers on the My Barack site .... "Ever since the kerfuffle on MyBO earlier this week, I've been spending a little time poking around the site. I even cross-posted something from here to get the hang of it."

So his post got a huge number of diggs and comments and was a fair post all in all. Then he decided I guess to dig into the My Barack site and see how it was really working. This is his follow up post on what's really making the site work.

Read and comment, the unofficial McCain supporters have e-groups on google and yahoo, but I agree that Obama has so far done a better job with the social network side.

Jimmy Carter says Obama is inexperienced

Just two weeks prior to endorsing Obama, oops

Monday, June 9, 2008

Obama may choose Senator Reid for VP

Obama looking at Reid?

Harry Reid may be on Barack Obama’s short list for a potential vice presidential candidate.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two members of Barack Obama’s vice presidential-vetting team met privately Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, said Jim Johnson and Eric Holder spent about 30 minutes with the Nevada Democrat in his Capitol office.

Senator Obama, please pick Harry Reid.

Barack tries to appeal to Christians with Joshua

Barack Obama's New Christian Group Takes the Name of a Conservative Group
from Redstate - Conservative News and Community
"Barack Obama's outreach to young evangelicals and Catholics is getting off on the wrong foot. Since his staff pays so much attention to the evangelicals he claims to care about, he's taken a name that's already held by a fairly active conservative group ..."

You can read the whole article, which is well thought out. But my thought is that Obama is surely gong to sound foolish now trying to reach out to evangelicals ... especially in light of his church experience.

McCain Strategy Briefing Video

H/T to Hoosier Access for the link

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot and Barack Obama

What are the similarities between these three grass roots politicians who have run for President?

In the first two cases, they lost, and squandered their organizations by heavy handed top down control on organizations that wanted to be grass roots.

Obama's Organization, and the Future of American Politics

Micah Sifry discusses Jesse Jackson, Ross Perot and Howard Dean. All three very similar bottom up grass roots movements that ended up losing ... but are there lesson to be learned for this year and the Obama phenomenon?

I for one think that John McCain will narrowly beat Barack in November, and then the follow up question will be one of "will Barack mess up and lose all this momentum like his predecessors?" Will some Barack supporters end up voting for Mccain when they freely research his actual positions and end up being non-supporters ... but active at that?

Over at Effect of Ron Paul supporters in GOP we also discussed lately the Ron Paul effect, and whether this too mirrors these same movements. What becomes of the Ron Paul movement now? Will Republicans reach out and move these grass roots groups inside ... will they be afraid of their independence and make things worse by name calling and push them away?

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Romney on dictators

"Diplomatic channels are always open between nations of the world. But the President doesn't grace the world's worst tyrants with a propaganda bonanza." -- Governor Romney

Mitt Romney speaking to CNN this morning.

RNC ad - Obama and the Illinois Democrats

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Keep that Faith Free Artwork for Conservatives

H/T to Chris Faulkner at GOP GRUNT for the heads up on Keep that Faith, a site for free artwork for conservative bloggers to use.
They have a facebook page too

Illinois would be taxed heavy under Obama

Almost half a million Illinoisans to pay more if Obama plan succeeds
from illinoisreview by IR Editor
Not that it would affect the outcome of the presidential election, but of the 6,995,750 workers in Illinois, 490,789 of them would have to pay more into Social Security if Democratic nominee Barack Obama's proposed solution goes into effect, the Tax Foundation reported last week.