Getting Conservatism Back on Track
Opening the minds of GOP politicians to New Media and how it can help revive the party.
January 29, 2009 - 12:00 am
Chaos — it might be the number one reason I never considered working in politics. Not elective office, mind you, although that’s bad enough, but the office stuff: The overworked and underpaid staffs, the constant rush, the cramped quarters. Well, that last point counts mostly when your party is in the minority. Which is where I spent my afternoon, with the Colorado State Senate Republican Caucus.
Our Republican caucus finds itself in the unwelcome and unfamiliar position of being the minority party, and they aim to change that. But getting there from here is like negotiating back roads in New England. Without a map. In a snowstorm. And the locals aren’t exactly falling over themselves to help. I wouldn’t say that “you can’t get there from here,” but it’s not going to be easy, either. And give Colorado’s Republican state senators credit — there’s nowhere they aren’t willing to look for help, even the blogosphere.
Their first smart move might have been hiring blogger Darren Copeland to serve as caucus communications director. I’ve known Darren for years — mostly on a drinking buddy basis — but I can tell you that he’s sharp and, of course, he “gets” this whole new media thing. Speaking of his predecessors, Copeland said, “They were policy people,” when what his bosses really needed was someone who knows “how television and radio should go, and how not to get a blogger pissed at you. They wanted exposure, and someone with new media savvy.” That’s a good start.
A better start was the luncheon held Tuesday afternoon across the street from the state capitol building, where the senators and their staffs got to grill a few local bloggers, this intrepid correspondent included. Our moderator for the session was Brad Jones of FaceTheState.com, who gave plenty of floor time to ResurrectionSong.com’s David Jones, Ross Kaminsky of Rossputin.com, and Independence Institute policy analyst/blogger Ben DeGrow. And, of course, my PJ Media partner in crime, Charlie Martin.