The Tragedy of Jimmie Bise

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The Tragedy of Jimmie Bise

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!

I sug­gested it to Her­man Cain more than once

He did not…and lost.

I sug­gested it to Mitt Romney

He did not and lost.

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.

Per­haps there is a rea­son Stacy was on his list

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.

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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.

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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.

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!

I suggested it to Herman Cain more than once

He did not…and lost.

I suggested it to Mitt Romney

He did not and lost.

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.

Perhaps there is a reason Stacy was on his list

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.

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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.