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In another “off the hook” move, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele announced late last week that the Party has named its first-ever official New Media Director. Todd Herman, formerly of Microsoft, will take on the mantle beginning this April 6 as part of the GOP’s ongoing attempt to take over the Internet communications.
For me personally, it is scary to see Republicans even attempting to utilize the Internet as a tool. As Twitter has illustrated, while they may be vastly inept, the Party’s eagerness is intimidating. As of late February the GOP boasted that nearly 25 percent of Republican lawmakers used Twitter, compared to only 8.5 percent of their Democratic counterparts. Not only are more Republicans using Twitter, but they’re also using it smarter, sending our more personal messages and fewer self-aggrandizing tweets (in 160 character or less, of course). All of this makes me fear the day I cannot find 984329 blogs that reinforce my liberal leanings.
Luckily, we’re not there yet.
In a state of panic, I decided to do my research into this Todd Herman character.Â And here’s what I could discover.
+ He is the guy that invented those ads that interrupt your 30 Rock episodes (basically the guy behind commercials on the Internet)
+ AdAge (now closing its DC office, fyi) named him “the media guy”
+ He was one of the 25 initial inductees into the Streaming Media All Stars (oh boy!)
+ You can friend him on facebook.com
+ He founded SpinSpotter.com, a entirely predictable Republican “spin” site that uses some good wordplay (Spinoculars?!? Kind of brilliant)
+ He writes his own really jank blog, Got Liberty? (Seriously, how do you not know how to use Photoshop, Mr. New Media?)
+ He is a former radio talk show host (Oh lord)
+ And he is a proud member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
So, take my research for what it’s worth. The bottom line is that Mr. Herman appears to be a tech guru in the world of online advertising and video streaming who happens to be an excellent,Â respected software programmer. However, my interpretation is that in all of this Republicans have missed to point and the potential of the Internet. In the official GOP press release, Steele emphasized his success in advertising and financial success as a business leader and CEO. Repbublican leaders seem to be more focused on the economic potential of the Internet rather than its implications is organizing the grassroots. In the next several months, it will be interesting to see how, if at all, the Republican Internet identity shifts. At the very least, expect lots of video content from Todd and friends.
Time to step up the viral videos!
Also, on a personal note, I was surprised to see this gem at the bottom of Herman’s press release: “He currently lives in Washington State, where he works at his most important roles: Christian, husband and father.”
Don’t bother, I did it for you.
**Disclaimer: The following is the opinion of the author and in no way represents the opinions of The University of Michigan College Democrats. At this point you have the choice to continue reading or stop now should you feel the temptation to disagree with what I say. **
1) Let me first start off my saying you know the Daily is giving a real substantial paper when they feature not 1, not 2 but 3 sudoku puzzles within their pages. This whole year I only needed the Daily to supplement the Daily Daily with sudokus. So, me make it easier for you, the first 4 numbers on the first sudoku from left to right are 1, 3, 6, 9.Â
2) A big picture of the Ben Folds concert yesterday. I’m glad I didn’t miss anything, I wouldn’t pay $40 to see a well light room full of boring happy people. (more…)
I do not want to seem like I am stepping on Ariel’s toes with posting this video. I found this on the Kanye West blog. I do not know what the message is. I do not know why it was made. I just know that this embodies many things I love about The World, The United States of America, and Kanye West.
I like Gilbert Arenas. He is a great player for the Wizards and is highly entertaining when he talks to the media and on his own personal blog. But then he did this today:
Iâ€™m not into politics, but I see whatâ€™s going on in the presidential race and Iâ€™m seeing rappers make songs for Obama and Mr. McCain doing all his stuff and Iâ€™m thinking, this is getting out of control, people. Whatever happened to Democrats and Republicans? You vote for whoâ€™s who.
Itâ€™s hard for me to vote, because since Iâ€™ve been in the NBA Iâ€™ve been in the upper class so Iâ€™ve been a Republican. If you have any type of money, youâ€™re a Republican, period. So, itâ€™s hard because you see a better looking president in Obama â€“ I donâ€™t even want to say because heâ€™s black, but he just looks the part â€“ and then you have McCain who is Republican and Iâ€™m like, man. I know Obama is going to raise taxes on the upper class from 20-60 percent, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m looking at. To be honest, I stopped paying attention a long time ago when it was Bush and Gore when Gore won the popular vote, but Bush was the president.
Basically, what that told me was that everybody in America voted for Gore, but somehow, Bush became president. I am confused. Obviously, our vote doesnâ€™t really mean anything. Then you have this thing called the delegate, then you got the super delegate and then you got the hidden delegate that nobody knows about. If youâ€™ve never heard of the hidden delegate, thatâ€™s like when youâ€™re buying a car and they say the taxes on the car are 20 percent, and then when you look at your statement, they charge you an extra three, thatâ€™s the same thing. Itâ€™s the hidden fee delegate that nobody knows about who has all this power. They actually get to pick who they want for president. So when I start looking at it like that, thatâ€™s when I stop paying attention because at the end of the day, our votes really donâ€™t matter. I donâ€™t mean to be rude about it, but it seems like it doesnâ€™t matter. If Gore wins by thousands of votes and Bush is president eight years later â€¦ come on.
Thereâ€™s another reason I donâ€™t vote â€“ I donâ€™t want jury duty. If youâ€™re not registered to vote, you canâ€™t get jury duty. I know that campaign Diddy had a couple years ago, â€œVote or Die,â€ yeah if the alternative is jury duty, Iâ€™m going to die. Iâ€™m not going to get in one of these cases where they blow the jury membersâ€™ houses up to get out of the trial, Iâ€™m cool. Iâ€™ve seen too many movies.
For whatever president that wins, what can I tell you? Do a good job. Change the world. I remember when we were voting for class president in high school, the guy who won was the guy who said heâ€™s going to put the vending machines in the school cafeteria. Thatâ€™s who I voted for. So until I hear vending machines or lower gas prices, Iâ€™m not voting. As soon as I hear, â€œYeah, Iâ€™m going to lower gas prices,â€ then you got me, Iâ€™ll sit in jury duty.
I’ll be honest and say this angered me. Though not as brilliant an analysis as came from Ph. D scholar DMX here, it’s still really bad.
First the factual quibbles:
a. You get registered for jury duty by getting a driver’s license, not by registering to vote because too many people aren’t registered to vote.
b. To say that nobody’s talking about gas prices is simply misguided. It requires not having paid a single lick of attention to any political campaign or news coverage for the past two months. This is even happening on both sides of the aisle as everybody talks about gas prices.
c. His description of the electoral process is slightly flawed. To say the least.
Washington, DC is rolling out the red carpet for the perennial July 4th invasion.
This morning began like any other. After hitting the snooze button for 45 minutes I raced to get dressed and out the door in time to catch the Red Line metro down to Union Station and then walk a few blocks to my office. Like most days I joined a steady stream of pedestrians heading for the MetroÂ descalators like ants marching into an ant hole. As usual I managed to find myself stuck behind some slow walker, but a quick sidestep before the main descalator allowed me to walk at a pace faster than standing. As I approached the final short descalator to the platform I noticed an unusual number of people milling about waiting for the train downtown. It’s not unusual for a lot of people to ride the Metro, especially considering gas prices, but this number of people at that hour meant something was amiss. I sallied up to my usual waiting spot: the rail near the tunnel (out of which a train usually sends a rush of cooling air).
During peak commuting hours you can depend on trains (going into the city) arriving every couple of minutes. I’m talking about a two or three minute wait, tops. Today I must have waited about five minutes, and I bet it was another three or four for the people who were waiting before me. Now whenever you have to wait for a train that long you know a couple of things: 1) Everybody up the line had to wait for that train 2) That train is packed 3) The next four trains will be just as packed. I resign myself to wait, and let the assholes try and sardine themselves into this huge aluminum tube.
As I’m watching this poor saps try and cram themselves in, and the clueless people already on the train trying to make space where none exists I notice a few things have changed. Firstly, the train is polished to a sheen. At first I figure that it must have been left out in the rain, that’s how I clean my car. Then I realize that in anticipation of the thousands of additional riders, including many out-of-city tourists, they must have cleaned up the trains. That’s understandable, why should the trains be clean for the people who ride the Metro everyday?
I jumped in halfway through, but the House clerk is reading impeachment papers right now. It seems everyone’s favorite diminutive Democrat, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, introduced the papers yesterday when he took five hours to read all 35 charges. CSPAN says that it could be voted on as early as tomorrow (Wednesday). I haven’t heard much about this prior to today, and it seems to be a publicity stunt. It’s not even being covered by any major channels, and thats probably a good thing. As much as I want to see Bush out of office, it isn’t going to happen like this and we don’t need the distraction.
Who thought this was a good idea?
Barack Obama has defined himself as the eloquent, charismatic, good-looking inspirational candidate. Not the kind guy who would tool around Chi-town on a Huffy wearing light jeans and a polo. This photo seems so unlike the Obama I’ve seen I had to brainstorm so possible explanations.
1) He’s attempting to woo the helmet wearing, polo-tucking, light jean sporting dork crowd. (Coincidentally my Dad falls into that demographic, and he’s a McCain supporter.)
2)Â All thatÂ campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Ohio has rubbed off onÂ him, and Obama has finally become an average middle-class white subrbanite and is biking to theÂ flea marketÂ because Michelle took the minivan to soccer practice.
3) After a grueling primary season, an exhausted Barack Obama needed a little time to unwind by himself. Unfortunately so did all of his handlers and aides, and no one was there to stand him in front of mirror.
And where’s the Secret Service? Someone needed to jump in front of this fashion disaster. At least loosen the chin-strap, it looks pretty tight.
A first in an in-depth look at the lives of Republicans.
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Most importantly, The All Inclusive Cruise offers a chance to see the world through eyes of an American. Too often traveling involves far too many poor people begging for American greenbacks, not so on the All Inclusive Cruise. A trip around the Caribbean ignores blights like Haiti in favor of a vacation that offers…
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So, for all you Republicans out there who feared that traveling involved long-haired college students, a backpack, and a Eurail pass put aside your fears. There is a floating city, a trademarked destination, and plenty of overpriced alcohol awaiting you on the All Inclusive Cruise.