The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Getting around the Elephants in the room
I hope the folks up at the RNC--and in the Thompson, Giuliani, and Romney campaigns--are listening... this election may go to the side which best utilizes the Web. So far I have not seen a lot of evidence that the Republicans are doing that.
Newt Gingrich has a plan for Republicans to keep the White House after next year: Do like Nikolas Sarkozy and bypass the media.
Shades of Ronald Reagan.
Speaking at the National Press Club this week, Newt said Sarkozy set up 16 YouTube-like sites on the Internet and bypassed the French media.
“What (Sarkozy) said is, ‘If I can communicate with you, then the news media can watch our conversation,’ which is very different than having a conversation with the news media which (average people) watch.
“The second thing is he made a very important speech where he said we must have a clean break (from Chirac). And I would say to (Republican) candidates, there is a lot of parallel there.”
Republicans can compete on the Internet with Democrats on whose reliance on foul-mouthed, angry sites such as Daily Kos taints them as the party of hate, pessimism and negativity. Republicans need to avoid anger and cursing, and instead offer Americans hope and a reason for optimism.
People need to remember, hits are not votes. The people who vote are older and wiser and will not be swayed by snarky socialists.