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Republicans: "Sure we’ll contribute!"
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Heh ... I can see this playing out now. Matt Stoller has a bright idea that Blue Dog Dems should be chastised when they vote against the established Netroots position. And he's come up with a scheme that only a Republican could love:
I've been kicking around the idea with Chris that we should raise the costs of bad decision-making on things like FISA, or when they fold to Republicans on the supplemental or (insert fight here).

It's not much to put up some google ads criticizing these members for their position on FISA. The way Google adwords works is that the ad will only show up for the search terms we select. That means that if we select 'Chris Carney', then people searching for Chris Carney (PA-04) will see an ad criticizing Chris Carney for his vote on FISA. And the people who are searching for Chris Carney are people who want to know more about Carney, like reporters, activists, and constituents. We can even geotarget his state, so only people in Pennsylvania see the ad.

It'll probably run around $100-150 per member for a six month period, which is the amount of time until the law must be reauthorized.

Would you put a bit of money and effort to go after these wayward Democrats? We can't replace all of them with progressive Democrats, but we can certainly annoy at least a few of them and raise the costs for voting against the Constitution.
My guess is Reps will be seeking the site out regularly and hitting the "donate" button to help "geotarget" negative advertising from a Democratic operative against Democratic incumbents.

Sounds like a plan to me.
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Did someone issue an action alert?
Written By: Shark
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There is something about Stollers call, however, that sounds uncomfortably like the calls to action on the republican side in the last couple of cycles, to eliminate such people as Lincoln Chaffee, for straying too far from the fold.

I’m going to have to think about that comparison a bit, before commenting further o it.

The initial instinct however, is that in the end mainstream republicans sticking to their principles will probably generate more voter sympathy than will Stoller and his crowd, sticking to theirs.
Written By: Bithead

The difference is one of degree- the difference between pruning a plant and ripping leaves and branches off willy-nilly. Going after Chaffee was probably a legit move for any conservative- he really was a Dem in all but affiliation (and if he had been relelected, was going to rectify that situation as well. There are a couple other GOP members I won’t name who really are more trouble than their seats are worth.

The Blue Dogs are still generally Dems, just with a few differences of opinion.
Written By: shark
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By geotarget, they mean only people in PA could see the ad and thus click the link. Its actually a very smart idea. If GOP people want to click the ad, it just means that the netroots people will pay a little more only, as they can put a set limit per day on what they will pay.

Knowing how narcissistic politicians are, they might be googling their own name daily and pay attention.

Written By: Harun
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Reminds me of Anon Lib’s plan to googlebomb someone...

I believe it was with the term "Manshake"...

It didn’t go as planned.
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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By geotarget, they mean only people in PA could see the ad and thus click the link.
Oh I know what they mean, and I agree that its a smart idea. The beauty here is the opposition, for a very little money, can target the guy they want to unseat with commercials developed by Democrats.
Written By: McQ
I can get behind that idea, just point me towards the "donate" button...hehe

They always DID know how to slice their own throats.
Written By: spree

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