Monday, January 05, 2009

RedState Army Strike Force

RedState's Erick Erickson is urging people to join the RedState Army Strike Force. Recruiting activists shouldn't sound like forming a paintball league.

Real former military members on VetVoice find this hysterical.

So not only has RedState designed a military unit crest, but they've now painted themselves as hopeless dorks, lunging clumsily for political relevance with a ham-handed attempt at jumpstarting a field organization.

So I wish Erick and his Strike Force the best of luck in 2009. May they successfully clear their objectives and sustain no casualties in the process.

Conservatives are lousy at internet activism. The reason is they refuse to make an inclusive online community. RedState banned Ron Paul supporters from their community. Those were voters and an internet fundraising machine Republicans needed last November. Instead, RedState threw a hissy fit and told the Paul supporters to get lost.

"Effective immediately, new users may not shill for Ron Paul in any way shape, form or fashion," wrote Leon Wolf, one of RedState's bloggers. "Not in comments, not in diaries, nada."

RedState isn't going to build it's "strike force" by constantly telling it's activists to shut up.

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At January 05, 2009 9:59 PM , Blogger Jon Lester said...

These guys might be Christian in the sense that they show up on Sundays to "play church," but the rest of the week they seem to think it's OK to belong to a company that propagates lies for profit (and yet they solicit donations, too). Witness my own abrupt resignation and the less-than-thoughtful comments left therein, some of which were themselves dishonest.

Maybe I was slow to recognize what RS was becoming but I think my proudest moment of 2008 was to put the truth and the interests of my Russian friends first, and to get behind the candidate that didn't employ lobbyists in the service of foreign governments, the candidate that didn't prove able and willing to play with human lives for political gain.


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