Friday, May 04, 2012

Not Good Enough For Romney Blogger Conference or #NotGoodEnoughForRomCon

I first read about this yesterday on Prof. William Jacobson's Legal Insurrection blog, then saw my new blogging friend Zilla of the Resistance had started a Twitter hashtag #NotGoodEnoughForRomCon. She writes the following:

Mitt Romney apparently held a (poorly kept) secret meeting with Conservative Bloggers on Wednesday afternoon. I was not invited, perhaps because of THIS – although I promise that I am all about Party Unity now that Mitt is, in all likelihood, going to be the GOP nominee to run against Obama this election. Stacy McCain says that the meeting didn’t even happen, anyway, so it’s nothing to get bent out of shape over.

The meeting that Stacy says didn’t happen included a bunch of big important people from the Dextrosphere, as listed by Stacy:
Ben Howe, Moe Lane, Roger Simon, Bryan Preston, Paul Mirengoff, Gabriel Malor, Rob Bluey, Dan Riehl, Ace of Spades, Mike Flynn, Philip Klein, Jim Antle, Michael Brendan Dougherty, Justin Hart, John Hawkins, Adam Tragone, Alana Goodman, Mary Katharine Ham, Katie Pavlich, Stephen Hayes, Alex Pappas, Byron York, Matt Lewis, Lachlan Markay, James Joyner, Amanda Carpenter, Jim Geraghty . . .
Notably among the missing from the invitee list, besides myself, were representatives of such fine Conservative blogs as: The Lonely Conservative, The Daley Gator, The Camp Of The Saints, Goldfish and Clowns, An Ex-Con’s View, Blog de King Shamus, Three Beers Later, Marooned In Marin, American Power, and Legal Insurrection (who says he would not have gone even if he were invited). At least I am in good company!

No word yet on if Doug Ross was invited or if he was #NotGoodEnoughForRomCon too, but it might just be that he’s better than some of our other blogger friends at keeping secrets.

Note to Mitt Romney: many of us are still stinging from the scorched earth campaign you ran against our preferred Republican candidates, and while we will support you because nothing is more important than ridding ourselves of Obama, you might want to consider a little bit better outreach to us in the future because the mainstream (leftist) media is in the tank for Obama, as it has always been, and when properly motivated, we’re the best weapon that you have to counter that with (and the Conservative Blogs have gotten very good at debunking leftist memes and wrecking up their narratives). It only takes a few seconds to send out an email to Conservative bloggers to invite us in to a conference call with you and would give us unique blog fodder that can be used to illustrate what a thoughtful guy you are to take time to talk to even smaller bloggers (who also happen to vote, by the way). And if you truly want our affection in addition to our grudging party loyalty (and win the election), you should make Allen West your pick for VP because that would be awesome and alleviate a some of the concern that we in the counter-jihad portion of the Dextrosphere have about you.

I guess the Romney Camp or his allies must not have liked my criticism of his pre-2008 election attacks by surrogates on Sarah Palin, how his Virginia handlers like Lt. Governor Bill Bolling changed the rules to get on the Presidential ballot one month before the deadline, where they decided to verify signatures and knocked Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry off the ballot (I was endorsing Perry at the time), as well as comparing his mudslinging to that of Obama. Hey, it was nothing personal. I just wanted the best person to run against Obama who would provide a bold difference to the socialist future Obama and the Democrats have been trying to force down our throats.  The snarkiness and "sore winner" attitudes of that dingy Ann Coulter and the faux conservative at the Washington ComPost Jennifer Rubin didn't help matters either.

Personally, I'm glad to see Romney reaching out to conservative bloggers. I recall the John McLame campaign talking to left of center blogs near the start of the 2008 campaign and thinking "WTF." But I have a word of advice for Mr. Romney, you're going to need as many allies as you can get.

A recent poll by PPP isn't good news for Romney, showing him losing 51 to 43 to Obama. The Commonwealth is a key state if Romney wants to win, and there's still a lot of resentment towards the way the Romney camp, Lt. Gov. Bolling and the Republican Party of Virginia handled the primary ballot. There's even the possibility that a third party candidacy by former Congressman Virgil Goode as the Constitution Party candidate for President. His numbers help put Virginia in Obama's corner.

So Mitt Romney, if you want to talk, I'm willing to communicate and share ideas. I'd encourage you to speak to as many of us the blogosphere as you can. If some of us who were critics aren't good enough for your campaign, well let's just say I'm glad to be in such good company as the rest of the #NotGoodEnoughForRomCon bloggers.

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