One of my most memorable moments at CPAC over the last 4 years was when Andrew Breitbart jumped onto a table and laid down on it to be interviewed.
it was quite a spectacle but Andrew understood that when the media doesn’t want to notice you, it’s necessary to act in a way to be noticed
That dynamic has just been played in the Texas GOP primary yesterday.
One of the problems when you are a candidate with a lot of passion, a message that grass roots seems to like but not a lot of money is to get noticed.
Dwayne Stovall has been campaigning for the Senate seat held by John Cornyn in Texas for a while and that has been a problem.
You can get Tea Party Endorsements:
Tea Party-endorsed candidate in Texas for U. S. Senate, Dwayne Stovall, just received a notification from JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People – one of the largest constitutional conservative grassroots groups in Texas, that Dwayne Stovall has earned the enthusiastic and unanimous support from its board of directors. The organization will release a full statement of support later today.
Stovall also wins the support and endorsement of Southern Conservative, a group that formerly supported Rep. Steve Stockman. Southern Conservative uses all means necessary to promote conservatism and remind the country of our roots.
So far he has 23 such endorsements…and you can win straw poll…:
the Houston Young Republicans, announced the results of their straw poll, and they overwhelmingly chose Dwayne Stovall as the winner. Stovall won with three-quarters of the votes cast, and Stockman and Cornyn split most of the small remainder. This is the seventh straw poll win, and that out of seven straw polls. Stovall has won every straw poll to date across a variety of conservative groups.
Stovall won the straw poll of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Congressional District 36, which is Rep. Steve Stockman’s district. Stockman placed 4th after Stovall, Cornyn, and Undecided, and has yet to win any straw polls.
and the media won’t care.
You can even produce a pretty good ad on your opponent’s record
and not much will happen if the MSM doesn’t want to notice you.
If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day
Update: That didn’t take long
“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”
…you release an ad not only highlighting Cornyn flip on the debt ceiling for the sake of McConnell but comparing the minority whip to a cartoon turtle.
Suddenly people like Dave Weigel:
In the primary for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat, Dwayne Stovall hasn’t gotten as much coverage as Rep. Steve Stockman. The reason, mostly, is that missing “Rep.” Stockman, for all his issues, has been elected to Congress. Stovall is a more typical Tea Party challenger, the kind who runs and wins a small share of the vote on the way to an incumbent’s re-election.
But he does have this ad.
and The Washington Post:
But, just when you thought you had seen it all comes this ad via Dwayne Stovall, who is also challenging Cornyn in the Texas primary.
And then defenders of the establishment like Greta Van Susteran attack you
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday blasted a bizarre television spot by longshot Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall that likens Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a Looney Tunes turtle.
“This ad is lousy,” Van Susteren said on her Fox website. “It is gratuitously insulting.
“I have no idea whether Stovall is a great candidate or not — but his ad makes me think he is a jerk,” she added. “You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting.”
giving you the chance to replay thus on twitter:
Heard that @gretawire called me a jerk. I wonder what she calls those people enslaving my children in chains of debt. Must be pretty bad.
— Dwayne Stovall (@DwayneStovall) February 15, 2014
I’m sure Dwayne loves the attention but there is a point to be made here, consider the comments of The Huffington Post concerning the ad:
U.S. Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall stole some attention Thursday from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Now maybe it’s just me but I’d say beating Rep Steve Stockman and winning a straw poll in his own district (not to mention beating him & Cornyn in 7 others) constitutes stealing a man’s thunder considerablly more than an ad with a picture of a turtle & a talking dog.
However Weigel, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Huffington Post and Greta didn’t think he was newsworthy when he was winning straw polls, nor did they notice the highly substantive ad concerning Cornyn’s voting record.
He only became worthy of note when he compared the appearance of a GOP senator the MSM wants to defeat badly, Mitch McConnell, to a cartoon turtle and he only became worthy of Greta’s attack when the comparison might stick.
It does say something unflattering but not about Dwayne Stovall & his run for Senate but about the MSM who care more about cartoons than substance.
To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:
If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…
…just like Andrew Breitbart did.
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