January 26, 2009
More Technology, Please

The Politico has more on the topic of the use of technology becoming a significant factor in the race for RNC Chair. The Rebuild the Party effort, of which I was an early supporter, has played a notable role in that playing out - including a YouTube candidate forum.

That same emphasis on improving the use of technology in all aspects of party operations and activity must be translated down to the state level as well, so that prudently interested candidates and local parties can take advantage of such tools.

UPDATE: note in the comments below I mention that Rebuild the Party is not just a technology-based effort, it's much broader (as one of the founders has emphasized). Better use of modern tools is just one step in the post-2008 GOP.

In the meantime, how much does effective use of technology matter? Note the continued beating the Obama White House is taking for continued technology fumbles. It's not entirely Team Obama's fault given the comparative antiquation of federal government technology & related rules, but it's bad PR nonetheless. And their missteps include basic failure to post transcripts of press briefings...amazing.

Posted by Eric Earling at January 26, 2009 02:44 PM | Email This
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1. Less technology, more paying attention to the party's platform.

Posted by: Andrew Brown on January 26, 2009 03:10 PM
2. Andrew -

In fairness, the Rebuild the Party effort is much more than technology...and has a lot to do with candidate recruitment, issue development, and accountability within the party.

Posted by: Eric Earling on January 26, 2009 03:12 PM
3. what is needed is a message that translates to the American public. All the tech in the world won't help republicans when the message is old and expired.

Posted by: Yeah sure on January 26, 2009 03:40 PM
4. A Washington State conservative blog that hopefully would be supported and contributed to by conservative Washington State elected officials or their appointed assistants would be welcome. I would hope they would report on new and pending legislation from both sides of the isle. The site should contain links so those of us who are interested could instantly send messages, pro or con, to appropriate Reps, Senators, and other elected officials without the hassle of looking up e-mail addresses.

Ideally every County Republican Central Committee (and city and town?) would have a blog(s) that would be linked to the Washington State site in hopes that better communication at those levels would also be fostered.

I would suggest using a 'liberal device' of limiting posting to commenters of mostly our own persuasion so that conservative ideas are freely promoted and discussed among conservative thinkers.

I proposed an idea similar to this to Doc Hastings several years ago in hopes he would assist in starting such a blog. The idea never got off the ground.

Sound Politics is the closest I've been able to find that meets at least some of the criteria.

Posted by: Curtis T. Mohr on January 26, 2009 04:24 PM
5. > All the tech in the world won't help republicans when the message is old and expire

It's been stale for quite some time now, about time you guys came around. Now if you can get the future GOP leaders of America to stop passing around "Barack The Magic Negro" CD's and bring back Newt you guys might be in business.

Posted by: Cato on January 26, 2009 04:26 PM
6. HAHAHA, what the matter cato. Obama not getting off to a good start.

Yeah, we all know the birth control will help us grow out of this bad econ!

Plus shall we not forget Obama new tax man can't even pay his taxes. (-:

Posted by: Medic/Vet on January 27, 2009 06:25 AM
7. Medic, that is old news. Obama says the abortion money wasn't his idea and will probably remove it (via link from Orbusmax).

Curtis, try on a daily basis for the Capitol Buzz by Republicans.

With respect to technology, I expect at the end of the day after the RNC selects their new leader, we can say

"MEET THE NEW AND IMPROVED GOP- SAME AS THE OLD".

Posted by: swatter on January 27, 2009 07:00 AM
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