There’s no Saturday Night Card Game tonight.
I was going to write about some “Neo-Confederate” idiocy by a pretend lawyer who happens to be quite obsessed with me over at the liberal blog Glenn Greenwald calls ” a cesspool of unprincipled partisan hackdom.” When you are a liberal blog and Glenn Greenwald calls you those names, you need to reconsider your blog strategy, and your life.
But most of the way into the post I decided to spare myself. Head over to Twitchy for the details.
Anyway, I’ve been working with others on a new website which hopefully will go live Monday, which probably means Tuesday or Wednesday. But that’s a secret, so forget I told you.
Another thing I’m focused on is the developing meme that we need to be happy warriors. It was articulated by Erick Erickson in a fairly acerbic post, The Loyal Opposition:
What I am finding is that among conservatives there is too much outrage, piss, and vinegar. It makes our ideas less effective. We have become humorless, angry opponents of the President instead of happy warriors selling better ideas. We are not even selling ideas.
Conservatives, frankly, have become purveyors of outrage instead of preachers for a cause. Instead of showing how increasing government harms people, how free markets help people, and how conservative policies benefit all Americans, we scream “Benghazi” and “Fast & Furious.”
We’re off key and off message. We’ve become professional victims dialed up to 10 on the outrage meter. Who the hell wants to listen to conservatives whining and moaning all the time about the outrage du jour? Seriously?
There’s a lot wrong, very wrong with that full post, but that’s not my point here. Dan Riehl, who I consider a friend of this blog, made a similar point in a less acerbic post responding to some of Ace’s and Anne’s comments about the media:
Stop being so damned negative, always demonizing everyone and everything that doesn’t work the way you want it to. Stop wailing at the top of your lungs at every perceived slight, or wrong. That is not a recipe for attracting people, or growing a movement. It’s a recipe for putting people off and continuing to shrink a movement I see as in at least some trouble from shrinkage, already.
If we want to begin to win national elections again in a reasonably short amount of time, we are going to have to begin to put forth a positive conservative image, not one of a movement that dwells on the most negative of everything everyday, as so many would be conservatives seem to be doing these days. No one wants to join a group of people intent on being perpetually pissed off about whatever they can dig out of the headlines on a given day.
The “be happy warriors” theme makes sense at the political level. Look how far Obama has gone on those fumes.
But there are different strokes for different folks. The role we and other bloggers play is not necessarily the same as the politicians.
We fight certain fights because someone needs to, including against the politically corrupt media. That’s not something Marco Rubio or Rand Paul can do for themselves. But someone needs to do it.
Update: To show you how out of it I’ve been, I didn’t see until just now a post that went live earlier today at Breitbart.com, Palin: ‘We Haven’t Yet Begun to Fight!’—Exclusive Interview with Breitbart News