Conor: Think of it another way, are there still people in your society who have not discovered who they really are or what they’re meant to do with their lives… ? They may be in the wrong job… they may be writing bad poetry. Even worse, there may be great poets working as laborers, never to be discovered.
Star Trek TNG The Masterpiece Society 1992
Lorenzo: The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.
A Bronx Tale 1993
A few weeks ago I was preparing to go to Maine with the wife. My plan had been to take the machine do an initial post and see if I could get co-bloggers and guest bloggers to carry the load for the week. One of the people I contacted at the time was Jimmie Bise.
I was surprised to find out that Jimmie was no longer blogging and his famous podcast “The Delivery” was no longer taking place.
I don’t know why Jimmie stopped blogging, he didn’t go into details and when I went to his famous site The Sundries Shack I didn’t see any updates.
Now when we chatted Jimmy was not upset he just wasn’t doing blogging anymore, although he is very active on twitter.
To most it is no big deal, in my mind, particularly after what we saw thee last two weeks it is a disaster!
All during the last election cycle I kept advising one thing to candidates: Hire Jimmie Bise!
He did not…and lost.
I suggested it to Mitt Romney
Jimmie not only has an excellent grasp of social media but has spectacular political instincts and even if individual candidates didn’t hire him there would have been an even better use for him that he suggested back in 2009.
What conservatives need aren’t more Bob Novaks but more Andrew Breitbarts, Al Regnerys, and a George Soros or two. If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time. It amazes me how much work we on the right get out of part-time and freelance writers but it should not be that way.
Charlie Crist, who will be a continual thorn in conservatives’ sides if he’s elected to the Senate, raised $4.3 million in just one quarter this year. That much money could fund a good conservative news site for at least five years, if not more like eight. Do you know how much good reporting we could get with a budget of just $500,000 a year? Think about it. Play with the numbers. You think I couldn’t land Vadum and McCain for 70 grand a year, plus add in Ace and Moe Lane for blogging power at the same amount? That’s only $280,000. Set aside fifty grand for tech stuff (hosting, design, troubleshooting) and advertising, another 60K for expenses (to pay reporters to go on the road and for freelancers), 60K for an editor, and 50K to me for supervising the whole operation and there you go. There’s $500,000 a year. And that doesn’t count any potential income the site might get from outside advertising, which you know it’ll get. As the site grows, the budget can creep up, but only for people who will add direct value to the site, but we add on as advertising revenues warrant the increase.
He was ignored, but think, just for a moment if he was not.
Picture a crew of credentialed conservative blogger press during the GOP primaries asking relevant rather than loaded questions. Imagine such a staff asking tough question of Barack Obama and the Democrat Senate candidates that the MSM would not.
Say this is done in 2009 these reporters would be established by now, they would have been asking Harry Reid why the bi-partisan bills coming from the house was ignored. They would have challenged the White House narrative, the media narrative and would have had the credibility to do so.
And their success would have been the success of conservatism, Jimmie Bise would be a nationally known name and from that success many successors would have followed nationwide to challenge the left on their own turf.
Instead Obama is president, Obamacare remains the law of the land and the GOP spent this week in retreat and Jimmie Bise is regulated to twitter.
That is not only a tragedy, it’s a waste! Jimmie might not be angry about it but I damn well am!
And if you want to advance the cause of conservatism you should be too.
Update: Somewhat related
Republicans who send out signals of weakness and fear are, in effect, inviting attacks. And because so many Republicans lack either the courage to fight back or the skill to fight back successfully, their enemies are emboldened.
Organizations have images — reputations — and if a negative perception develops, that perception tends to become self-perpuating. The Republican Party is currently perceived as an organization of selfish, cowardly losers, and this makes it difficult for the GOP to attract support from people who admire generosity, strength and success. The party is increasingly defined by its whining pathetic supporters.
Having been in the midst of an “Occupy” mob when they tried to storm an Americans for Prosperity event two years ago, I understand why some people may fear this kind of left-wing wrath. These intimidation tactics replicate themselves online, as when criminal hackers assaulted Bank of America, PayPal, Amazon and other targets of the digital anarchist “Anonymous” movement. We have increasingly seen Twitter used as a weapon against conservative activists, as when North Carolina Democrats tried to intimidate two Republican women by threatening to “out” their online identities.
These online intimidation tactics have been dubbed #Shutuppery, and examples include the “Stop Rush” campaign mounted last year against talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
If only there was a guy like Jimmie Bise running an organization fighting back.
While the big GOP donors did not see fit to give Jimmie that $500K to hire staff and make things happen you dear readers over the last 9 months have helped me make my weekly goal first of $300 then when my mortgage went up $305 and because of you and that $4.35 or so an hour the mortgage has been paid each month since I’ve been asking.
I have some plans for this site that I hope to put into place either November or December but for now the goal remains $305 to pay the mortgage and secure the family bills for October.
$20 from 15 of you will get it done and the sooner it’s done the sooner these solicitations will disappear for the week.
If you care to help please consider hitting DaTipJar below.
Oh and if a big GOP donor wants to kick in that half million, I’ll gladly approach Jimmie Bise and see if I can coax him out of retirement and get his old plan started.