Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Republicans to Use Internet (and lots of dough) to Fight Obama

Actually, this story I found on Yahoo! Tech could be considered the continuation of yesterday's Naomi Klein story.

It does confirm that the Internet will be the tool of choice to help Obama or keep him in line for the Progressives. Forget about the Press, we have to take matters into our own virtual hands and tip the balance of power through direct interference or support, without the filtering effect of the corporate media.

The Repugs are finally learning what a wonderful propaganda/brainwashing tool the Net could become for them and are showering money to some CEOs as we speak to create a new generation of nonsensical neobots to flood the nooks and crannies of the blogosphere with their Talking Point Memos items of the day.

It already works pretty well for them - anybody participating to any Huff Post's story comment space knows that already. So, it will get zombie invasion scary real soon.

So to mcthfg that ask me if writing is enough, if we shouldn't do something more physical than that, here's your answer. Protest is always welcome but this is a new kind of war. We're in a new movie called "66 Days Later" and we got us some Internet wingnut zombie heads to blow. All with our blogs. And some mighty cold Red Bull.

Here's an excerpt:

Obama online supporters key to pushing his agenda (AP)

  • Posted on Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:36PM

HONOLULU - President-elect Barack Obama's top asset in pushing his agenda will not be his Cabinet secretaries or aides, but rather his online network.

Obama's political e-mail list tops 13 million names, a digital force that the incoming White House can tap to push for his legislation, tamp down critics or bolster popular support. It's also a way for Obama to reach into every state, every city, and every neighborhood.

A study released Tuesday found that a quarter of Obama voters said they would continue to work online to support the new administration. The nonpartisan Pew Internet and American Life Project also found 62 percent of Obama's voters say they would ask others to support Obama's policies.

Welcome to the Democrats' new permanent campaign, one planned online and executed on Main Street.

If it works the way Obama's top lieutenants plan, the White House would marshal hundreds of thousands of phone calls within hours if it looked as if the president-elect were losing a policy battle. With the click of a keyboard, Obama's aides could ask supporters to flood the phone lines of Congress, making it untenable to ignore the clamor.

That, at least, is the idea.

Obama's unmatched database gives his incoming administration a clear advantage over its Republican rivals, who have seen decades of datamining overcome in the matter of months. GOP leaders, though, insist they are not deterred.

"I'm impressed with what Obama did, but did they do anything innovative? No," said Cyrus Krohn, the Republican National Committee's online director. "They did things creatively."

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