Do you know who I am?
Maureen Dowd at CPAC a few years ago
Who are you with?
Howard Fineman questioning me at the Darthmouth GOP Presidential Debate as I asked a question of Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the spin room.
Old friend Jerry Wilson’s tweet not withstanding
Could someone call @DaTechGuyblog’s room and wake him up? He’s apparently missing BlogBash.
— Jerry Wilson (@jerrywilson_7) March 7, 2014
I did in fact attend blogbash, the invitation only event that the National Bloggers Club holds every year at CPAC. and while I was neither nominated nor won any award (although If there is ever a “Best Cannoli at CPAC” thanks to Dutch Kitchen Bakery I figure it’s a lock) I was also privileged to be invited to more exclusive Blogbash pre-party which included guests and speakers such as
Senator Rand Paul of KY & Gov Rick Perry of Texas. Although I left early to cover another event (where I scored a huge interview with Bo Snerdley of the Rush Limbaugh show) I was there long enough to notice something interesting.
Watching Governor Perry’s speech during the Blogbash pre-party something struck me that he was acting different than any pol I had seen at CPAC off of the stage. Take a look at his speech and see if you can spot what it is:
Give up? He seemed in an incredibly relaxed mood, almost jovial. This was true even though he was in a room full of people who:
1. Spend their working days reporting on politicians
2. Were drinking Alcohol from an open bar.
3. All were carrying Video devices containing instant access to the internet.
Under those circumstances an experienced pol like Governor Perry would naturally be as cautious as a cat in a rocking chair testing floor but he was not. One might think it was he is a Texan and yesterday was Alamo day, that is not the reason.
In my opinion he was relaxed because he knew every person in that room was a friendly.
This illustrates one of the changes since CPAC that the move to the Gaylord National Harbor has created.
In the old days of CPAC there was “Bloggers Row” a room over the balcony that was exclusively reserved for bloggers, except for special moment when the MSM was allowed in to follow a key candidate. One of the most glorious moments of CPAC for conservative bloggers was Maureen Dowd not being allowed in the room that we were over her loud protestations.
As the bloggers in the bloggers lounge were overwhelmingly conservative a potential conservative candidate or member of congress could be escorted in and know he or she was among allies (the few liberals were easily identified).
A conservative blogger could score some excellent interviews that a member of the general media never could. It was one of the few places where bloggers had an incredible advantage over the MSM.
Now consider CPAC 2014. With a 2nd year under their belt CPAC has settled on a format and a layout as illustrated in this video cut short by my memory card filling up There is no specific bloggers area bloggers nor MSM area we are all credentialed as Media together This has led to some disadvantages for the MSM. Since they lack the flexibility of bloggers they likely couldn’t come in a day early for credentials as some of us did. This is why many missed the opening remarks of Ted Cruz while waiting in the incredible line to credentials
On the plus side for the MSM reporters from the New York Times and Al Jazeera English sitting to my left and behind me both had access to the Cannoli I offer giving them a huge thumbs up.
For bloggers it means we of new media are elevated to full equality with the old media. This is a huge change from just two years ago meaning none of us at CPAC will ever be Howard Finemaned as I was in Dartmouth. But that equality means something else, it also means that we don’t have the same access to members of congress & conservative leaders we once had.
Unless we are personally known to the handlers for Pols we are assumed to be the hostile MSM & treated accordingly. This carries over to interviewing individuals which is my forte or conservative groups in the vendor’s room. While a few might remember me from the fedora & Dr. Who scarf when they see that scarlet”Media” badge on me the defensive walls go up on the assumption that any member of the media is out to make them or conservative look bad. Membership has its privileges but also it’s responsibility.
It also means that I am less likely to be able to take care of Sissy Willis’ request
— Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) March 6, 2014
The Scarlet “M” is the cost of the equality of bloggers and the MSM,
So today I am trying an experiment so see if I can free myself of it
While I will of course be wearing my Dr. Who scarf and Fedora I am eschewing my normal suit and tie and will instead be wearing a pair of blue pants and a T-Shirt from Blogbash 2012
This will mean that I can be easily identified as a blogger & a “friendly” even if a person doesn’t recognize me.
Will this clear the Scarlet “M” from my soul, we shall find out later today.
It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.
Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.
So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.
You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.
Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way
Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)
In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.
This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.
It’s your call.