August 1, 2006


Rightroots: The Republican Answer To The Lefty Blogosphere's Netroots Endorsed Candidates (John Hawkins, 8/01/06, Right Wing News)

As you all probably know, the left-side of the blogosphere has endorsed a slate of Democratic candidates and as of last night about 11:59 PM, the "netroots" had managed to already raise $386,968.31 for them.

Time and time again, Republicans have asked, "Gee, why can't someone on our side do the same thing for us?" In fact, I was asking myself that question a little less than 3 weeks ago and it occurred to me that if no one else was going to put this together, then maybe I should do it.

But, putting something together like this, especially in a limited time frame, is too big of a job for any one person. So, I decided to ask for some help. The following bloggers answered the call and joined the Rightroots Selection Committee:

Mary Katherine Ham from Townhall
Robert Bluey from Human Events
Erick Erickson from Redstate
Ed Morrissey from Captain's Quarters
Patrick Hynes from Ankle Biting Pundits
Lorie Byrd from Wizbang

Together, we pored over the most competitive Congressional races in the country and picked the candidates we felt were the most deserving of support.

But, we still needed some place that could handle the money, so we partnered with ABC PAC, a PAC run by credible conservatives that we felt we could trust. Some of the PAC members include:

Jason Torchinsky: Deputy General Counsel to Bush-Cheney '04.
Michael Turk: The former eCampaign Director at the Republican National Committee.
Frank Donatelli: An assistant to President Reagan for political and intergovernmental affairs, a senior advisor to Bob Dole in 1996.
Chuck Defeo: eCampaign Manager for Bush-Cheney '04

So, we've got a great slate of candidates and we've got a credible place to handle the money. But, why should you contribute?

Well, we know a lot of conservatives are tired of business as usual. So, there are no incumbents on this Rightroots approved list. We also know that a lot of conservatives have a hard time deciding who to donate to in contested primaries, so we stayed away from intraparty fights. Moreover, we know that conservatives don't like wasting their money on surefire winners or surefire losers. So, we put together a list of 18 Republican challengers trying to capture contested seats or knock off a Democratic incumbent.

So, if you want to make a difference, if you want to help the GOP hold on to Congress, chip in some money to the Rightroots endorsed candidates here!

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 1, 2006 7:14 PM

The vast majority of those who frequent the left blogosphere, that I am familiar with, does not support the Democrats, unlike the most of the right. Both parties are a sham, working together, and I wish both right and left would at least agree on that before they argue anything else.
The Republicans do not need contributions from internet junkies; they get more than enough from those greatly benefit from their corrupt policies.

Posted by: Ghavi at August 1, 2006 9:55 PM

That's everyone who reads this blog.

Posted by: oj at August 1, 2006 10:05 PM

Since that would rule DailyKos and DU out of the left blogosphere -- both of which are big sites expressly committed to electing Democrats -- I'm a little scared to find out what sites Ghavi frequents.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 2, 2006 9:10 AM

This amounts to petty cash for these political candidates.

If you really want to "make a difference" in your community, consider donating that same petty cash to local charities, food banks, and the like. They do much more important work with what really is petty cash to blowhard pols (on the left and right).

Posted by: kevin whited at August 2, 2006 9:53 AM

If you want me to take you seriously, it's best not to imitate what the left is doing.

Rule of thumb, I too only contribute to local charities like our unaffiliated with any other library manned by non-professional librarians and the local humane society ditto.

Posted by: erp at August 2, 2006 11:01 AM