One of the most important links I’ve provided in some time is this Dan Riehl article in Big Journalism. Reihl, publisher of Reihl World View, effectively takes to task the GOP’s failure on a national level to embrace new media.
Many GOP establishment figures, including those purportedly working in new media, have no serious knowledge, or understanding of the phenomenon of new media at all. Whatever mechanism that effectively binds the Democrat establishment and their on-line activists and bloggers either doesn’t exist on the GOP side, or is seriously broken, if not corrupted by an inside the Beltway mentality. Perhaps one needs a father who donated to a campaign to work in GOP new media today, who knows — judging by the alleged experience of many inside the Beltway, so-called new media professionals on the GOP side.
Does that disconnect and utter lack of support and genuine honest cooperation and cohesion matter? I would submit it does.
My contacts with GOP candidates can be described as spotty at best. Some have been better than others. E-mail inquiries are not always answered. I’m on every candidates mailing list yet have never recieved any campaign literature. Perhaps this is as a result of the size of the campaigns as I receive stuff from the Rubio, Crist, McCollum and Scott campaigns. And this is just talking about email, a medium that almost so five years ago.
Reihl provides the one example that illustrates the failure of the GOP from top down to get their message out from a surprising admission by Karl Rove.
Karl Rove is allegedly something of a genius when it comes to Republican political strategy. Yet, after leaving the White House, he said his worst political mistake was in not pushing back against the anti-war Left over the Iraq War.
The former White House political adviser blames himself for not pushing back against claims that President George W. Bush had taken the country to war under false pretenses, calling it one of the worst mistakes he made during the Bush presidency. The president, he adds, did not knowingly mislead the American public about the existence of such weapons
Did anyone from the Right push back? Yes, as a matter of fact. An entire cottage industry of blogging sprung up, first to support the wars after 9/11, and then to push back hard every day against the anti-war Left during the Bush administration because they, not Karl Rove, realized how critical it was. This is both well known and well documented. But evidently, no one in the GOP establishment, including Karl Rove, was listening
I was one of those bloggers who pushed back, but we weren’t receiving any help. The failure of the President and his party to recognize the problem and subsequently take action turned out to be monumental. They conceded the narrative to the Democrats and their media allies. Historians won’t be kind. This crucial error helped build momentum for the Obama presidency.
Reihl’s piece sadly shows that there’s little reason to hope that the GOP has changed.
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This post was written by bobsikes on July 1, 2010