Brave Sir Rudy Ran Away!

July 27, 2007 20:31 pm

by SpaceyG · 11 comments

Cue the wandering minstrels, media blogger/guru Jeff Jarvis has this to say about Republican Internets paranoia:

The latest indication of their (R) fear of the internet is their attempt to fink out on the YouTube/CNN Republican debate. The party line

atlantaman July 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm

You’re missing the point. It’s not about Youtube or internet video being biased, it’s about the fact CNN picked the videos – not Youtube. CNN and media is scared to death of the new media, so they hijacked the process.

The whole thing always was a ruse to convince folks it was the “people’s debate”, nothing could be further from the truth.

SpaceyG July 27, 2007 at 9:54 pm

Yeah, but still…

SpaceyG July 28, 2007 at 8:53 am

Jarvis is 100% right about conservatives overseas just owning the social media playing field. Here’s a Facebook page, for instance:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2271494420
And David Cameron gives great video blog.

Heck, Peach Pundit doesn’t even have a Facebook network/group, does it? Hint hint, Erick.

Joshua Patterson July 28, 2007 at 8:55 am

Jason Pye started a Facebook Georgia Bloggers group:
http://uga.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2510484202

SpaceyG July 28, 2007 at 8:55 am

Yep, just found it. And joined.

SpaceyG July 28, 2007 at 8:57 am

I mean found the Peach Pundit Facebook group! Here’s that if folks want to join up. I’m really liking Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2220468084

rightbeforeleft July 28, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I hope more candidates blow off these debates to make it clear to the debate committee that this BS mock debating isn’t worth anyone’s time, be they voters, viewers or candidates.

buzzbrockway July 28, 2007 at 8:09 pm

It’s just silly for the GOP to run away from this debate. It can’t be any worse than the Chris Matthews monologue/debate. Plus the GOP can’t slam the Dems for boycotting Fox and then skip a debate on CNN.

I posted Jarvis’ comments about the first debate (he was critical of it) and I would rather find a way to let the people pick the questions, but the GOP should be there.

AubieTurtle July 29, 2007 at 1:56 am

YouTube is the Clinton appearance on Arsenio seniol Hall playing the sax. It doesn’t matter if it is fair, it doesn’t matter if it makes sense, it speaks to a huge generation of voters. Republicans right now have lost everyone who didn’t live through the Regan Revolution. Playing old fogey isn’t going to get them back.

Who cares which questions CNN picks? Are the Republicans scared of questions? If the Republicans keep this up, they not only guarantee they lose this election but they guarantee they forever lose two generations of votes who already see them as corrupt fossils.

Do the YouTube debate no matter what the questions picked by CNN are. Otherwise, give me a fork to stick in the Republicans, because they are done.

spaceygracey July 29, 2007 at 10:38 am

AubieT, exactly. What could possibly be so scary about dopey snowmen and Anderson Cooper? Other than garden variety intimidation over AC’s killer hairdos, graceful and elegant physique, and perfectly cut suits…

And BTW, who IS this AubieTurtle, and why in the world is it commenting on Peach Pundit? It’s way too smart and reasonable for this blog.

atlantaman July 29, 2007 at 11:04 am

AubieT-

I bet you’ve got your “Vote or Die” T-shirt vacumed sealed so you can show your grandkids someday how you and Puffy made a difference.

Hopefully, people will not base their lifetime voting decisions on whether a particular party of candidates chose to participate in a particular game show or not. I have a little more faith in the American people than that. Let’s not make these brief soundbite clips into the Lincoln/Douglas debates.

I love the Youtube debate idea, just hate the fact old media hijacked it. I still think some Repubs will step up and do the CNN debate, unlike the Dems cowering from the tough Fox news questions.

What I’d really like is the Repubs to sidestep the CNN filter and go directly to the people.

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