"Sissy Willis. All this 'Mama Grizzly,' "Koala Bear," and "Teddy Bear" talk made me think of this Elvis song," twittered blog/twitterfriend Cubachi this morning. Check out her blogpost "Governor Christie confirms to me that he tweets" for an example of a powerful and effective Republican, NJ Governor Chris Christie, who listens to his constituents. Possibly related, Glenn Reynolds's provocative "The King of Anti-Fascism," wherein the new media's new-media man argues for the "white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel" as a "cultural immune response to totalitarianism."
"Sissy, you are right on, and Brooklyn doesn't get what this entire post is about. I lived through Perot, and I understand the fears out there that we must keep the Good Ol' Boys and status quo in place if we want a chance," writes the saintly Joan of Argghh of Primordial Slack in a spirited defense of our previous post, where we took presidential wannabe Mitt "RomneyCare" Romney (#fail) to task for "enabling an aide to diss Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin as 'not a serious human being.'" Romney later apologized in a tweet, but our point is that Mitt Romney, a member in good standing of the Good Ol' Boys' Club, isn't listening to us Tea Partiers. Joan explains:
That would be fine if we were talking about politics as usual. We have moved beyond that at light speed. Anyone who thinks that the measured words, sagacious posturing, and back room deals are gonna save us is sadly out of touch with the alternate universe that is slamming into our own: Obama comes from a completely different world beyond the ken of most Americans, but understood keenly by those of his entourage. What part of "audacity" did we not understand? You don't challenge audacity with a platform. You put it down with something equally as audacious. "Grizzly moms" are more serious than anything you've ever encountered.
Such leadership even while [House Majority Leader] Hoyer plays the race card. They wonder why we don't fight for them, when they are too Oh my goodness goody-two-shoes to fight for us. Washington is a bunch of chickens that line their cages with the Washington Post and New York Times. And all three are full of crap.
"In a recent conversation with a GOP new media type," he reveals, "I learned that new media to the GOP simply means taking the same old top-down messaging and creating it on websites, or for digital distribution":
That doesn't serve them well, as questions from activist bloggers are actually quite different than ones usually coming from the press.
If the Tea Party and blogs continue to become increasingly powerful, this will begin to change. Electing grassroots candidates will certainly help. But it won't be because the GOP establishment wants it to change. Why should they, when their SOP is message control? Unfortunately for them, you cannot control the message in the era of new media.
Activist bloggers, twitterers and other wordwranglers of the new media have had a good long look behind the curtain, and we aren't going to take this from the naked emperor any more. Glenn Reynolds has a nifty list of what to do to thwart the "good intentions" of Angelo Codevilla's "America's ruling class," the "patronage and promises" crowd who think they know better than we what's best for us:
And let’s be honest — the claim that only “professional legislators and staff” are smart enough falls apart once you meet a few of these people.
Update: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link!
Update II: Memeorandum is on the case.