Dwayne Stovall being Andrew Breitbart

by Datechguy | February 15th, 2014

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Dwayne Stovall being Andrew Breitbart

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

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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.

…after straw­poll

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.

But, if 24 hours after being men­tioned by a national blog­ger who has had you on his radio with a big Texas readership…

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.

notice you.

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:

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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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

Andrew Breitbart "sits" for an interview at CPAC 2011

Andrew Breitbart “sits” for an interview at CPAC 2011

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.

…after strawpoll

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.

But, if 24 hours after being mentioned by a national blogger who has had you on his radio with a big Texas readership…

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.

notice you.

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:

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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