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McCain incentivizing supporters to comment on blogs
Politico ^ | 5/21/08 | Jonathon Martin

Posted on 05/21/2008 11:40:52 AM PDT by Dawnsblood

John McCain's campaign is using their campaign website to encourage supporters to post supportive comments on political blogs, including the most well-known liberal site in the blogosphere. And to make things easier, they're including talking points with which sympathizers can use to get out the McCain message.

"Select from the numerous web, blog and news sites listed here, go there, and make your opinions supporting John McCain known," instructs the page.

McCain supporters are asked to send the details of their comment to the campaign, which in turn will verify it and then reward the supporter with "points" (assumedly to accumulate for McCain swag)

Among the "featured blogs" currently is Daily Kos, the well-read liberal blog run by Markos Moulitsas that frequently mocks and attacks Republicans such as McCain.

Asked about the effort to gin up online support, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, "We absolutely encourage our supporters to engage in this discussion."

As for the talking points, which currently link over to two recent McCain speeches, Rogers said they were "facts about John McCain and his record."

As close readers of Politico blogs and others know, Obama dominates both Clinton and McCain when it comes to drawing fervent online support.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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The three blogs mentioned on McCain's web site are: Redstate, Daily Kos and Jeff Emanuel.
1 posted on 05/21/2008 11:40:52 AM PDT by Dawnsblood
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To: Dawnsblood

Say what you want about McCain but he has a sharp crew working for him when it comes to PR.

The Bush crew could have used them in the past several years.


2 posted on 05/21/2008 11:44:25 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Dawnsblood

He knows the conservatives consider him an abomination so he’s trying to peel away the dem moderates.

Pathetic.


3 posted on 05/21/2008 11:44:39 AM PDT by Anonymous Rex ( For Rent)
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To: Dawnsblood

They should be posting here but I guess they figure they have a better chance of getting votes on Dem sites.


4 posted on 05/21/2008 11:45:24 AM PDT by NeilGus
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To: Dawnsblood

That really doesnt make a whole lot of sense... THe hard core political fans wont change their stripes based on some anonymous post.

I would advise going to apolitical places and dump anecdotal items in support of McCain to perhaps sway an undecided. I know everyone hates politics in apolitical places but they have to be done in a way that doesnt out you as some spammer or troller.

I wont be doing any of that though.


5 posted on 05/21/2008 11:46:10 AM PDT by smith288 (Obama: "Hope and change is change and hope. If you hope, we can change or something like that")
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To: Anonymous Rex
He knows the conservatives consider him an abomination so he’s trying to peel away the dem moderates.

They're here, too. But when a FReeper doesn't bit they become belligerent.

6 posted on 05/21/2008 11:46:20 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: Dawnsblood
"John McCain is great!"

OK do I get my t-shirt now?

7 posted on 05/21/2008 11:46:25 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Dawnsblood

“Incentivizing” makes it sounds like he’s bribing them. Looks to me like they are just putting out ways that supporters can help if they want to.


8 posted on 05/21/2008 11:48:44 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: misterrob

That’s true....he’s got Charlie Black working for him. Black, of course, is legendary for his PR efforts at rehabilitating tyrants and genocidal maniacs like Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Seke.


9 posted on 05/21/2008 11:49:21 AM PDT by indcons
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To: Dawnsblood

What a joke.


10 posted on 05/21/2008 11:50:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting CONSERVATIVE in memory of 5 children killed by illegals 2/17/08 and 2/19/ 08)
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To: contemplator

No, he’s bribing them. They get points at his online store.


11 posted on 05/21/2008 11:50:45 AM PDT by LadyNavyVet ("No more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition ..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dawnsblood

McCain sucks up to the execrable Daily “Screw Them” Kos...meanwhile, it takes Michelle Malkin multiple attempts to get included in the McCain campaign’s blogger update phone calls. Something is very, very wrong here.

}:-)4


12 posted on 05/21/2008 11:51:25 AM PDT by Moose4 (http://moosedroppings.wordpress.com -- Because 20 million self-important blogs just aren't enough.)
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To: NeilGus
They should be posting here but I guess they figure they have a better chance of getting votes on Dem sites.

They are posting here. On almost any McCain thread, you will find posters who have signed up only in the last few months, are strong supporters, and do not post on any other threads. I do not expect any of them to be here after the first week in November.

13 posted on 05/21/2008 11:51:29 AM PDT by CharacterCounts (When you discover rats in your house, you only have two options - fumigate or tolerate.)
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To: Dawnsblood

Suggesting that people post messages supporting McCain on DailyKos is laughable. The poster would get banned or heckled to death, and probably both. What’s even sillier is that you can bet your bottom dollar the Kos Kidz probably already know about this “plan” and will be looking out for it!

Sheesh!


14 posted on 05/21/2008 11:51:33 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: Dawnsblood
And to make things easier, they're including talking points with which sympathizers can use to get out the McCain message.

Sympathizers? LOL! Must be the new buzzword for troll.

15 posted on 05/21/2008 11:51:39 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The GOP death march to the gravesite is underway.)
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To: Dawnsblood

I hate John McCain.

(Off topic, but I can’t help myself.)


16 posted on 05/21/2008 11:52:42 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: TADSLOS

It’s pretty pathetic when a candidate has to reward people for saying nice things about him.


17 posted on 05/21/2008 11:53:18 AM PDT by LadyNavyVet ("No more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition ..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: samtheman
I hate John McCain.

Me too.

18 posted on 05/21/2008 11:55:16 AM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: Dawnsblood

http://www.johnmccain.com/ActionCenter/BlogInteract/BlogInteract.aspx

Daily Kos is included


19 posted on 05/21/2008 11:55:24 AM PDT by radar101
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To: LadyNavyVet

You’re right, I didnt’ click on the link. I made what apparently was a bad assumption.


20 posted on 05/21/2008 11:55:36 AM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Anonymous Rex
And all he has to do to bring us around is so simple it's absolutely pitiful that he can't quite do it.

First thing McCain must do is make a public statement rejecting Fascism and fascistic elements in legislative initiatives.

The second thing, which is pretty much in line with the first thing, is to repudiate McCain/Feingold as a failed policy, and then demand its repeal!

21 posted on 05/21/2008 11:56:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dawnsblood

I just went over to Kos and looked, and yep, as I thought they are all over it.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/20/195039/019/476/519229


22 posted on 05/21/2008 11:57:38 AM PDT by KJC1
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To: Moose4
Just think of all the wonderful things we could say about McCain on the Daily Kos:

  1. Whereas Obama favors driver's licenses for illegal aliens and Hillary favors amnesty, it was actually McCain who co-sponsored the bill and very nearly got it through.
  2. Whereas Hillary and Obama loudly denounce the influence of the right-wing on elections, it was McCain who actually co-sponsored McCain-Feingold to do something to curtail it.
  3. Whereas Hillary and Obama are vocally opposed to the Iraq War, it took John McCain to actually move the Al Qaida (no torture) Bill of Rights through congress.

Conclusion: Obama and Hillary are loud in the "amen" chorus, but it takes a guy like McCain to actually get things done.
23 posted on 05/21/2008 11:58:14 AM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: muawiyah

Oh, it goes further than that. That’s the tip of the iceberg.


24 posted on 05/21/2008 11:59:21 AM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: samtheman

I hate Baraq more though,

Don’t you just love our choices this season?


25 posted on 05/21/2008 12:00:30 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: bcsco
Still, you get him to do those two little things and he's gold ~ and I'm sure if we can get him to do them he'll do all the other things too.

First, reject Fascism and fascist principles.

Fur Shur neither the Obamasama nor the Hildabeast are truly able to do that. Their words would choke in their throats.

26 posted on 05/21/2008 12:01:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: AU72
"John McCain is great!" OK do I get my t-shirt now?

It will probably have "Viva La Raza" printed across the front...

27 posted on 05/21/2008 12:01:47 PM PDT by LRS
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To: misterrob
Say what you want about McCain but he has a sharp crew working for him when it comes to PR.

We know that, some of the best, the chamber of commerce and the K street lobbyists can buy.

28 posted on 05/21/2008 12:01:47 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Dawnsblood

He needs to keep an eye on those who follow his advice. A few McCain supporters are pretty obnoxious and spend more time yelling about “radical right wingers” than they do posting any McCain positives. They hurt, rather than help him.


29 posted on 05/21/2008 12:04:46 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: org.whodat
We know that, some of the best, the chamber of commerce and the K street lobbyists can buy.

And GEORGE SOROS! Don't forget George Soros!

30 posted on 05/21/2008 12:07:15 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (PISSANT for President '08 - NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA)
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To: Abathar

We’re in a lovely pickle, aren’t we.


31 posted on 05/21/2008 12:08:03 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: Dawnsblood
FROM McCAIN'S WEBSITE:

NOTE--HE DOES NOT MENTION CLOSING THE BORDER

Border Security and Immigration Reform

I have always believed that our border must be secure and that the federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility to ensure that it is secure. If we have learned anything from the recent immigration debate, it is that Americans have little trust that their government will honor a pledge to do the things necessary to make the border secure.

As president, I will secure the border. I will restore the trust Americans should have in the basic competency of their government.(SO WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN SINCE 1986?) A secure border is an essential element of our national security. Tight border security includes not just the entry and exit of people, but also the effective screening of cargo at our ports and other points of entry.

But a secure border will contribute to addressing our immigration problem most effectively if we also:

Recognize the importance of building strong allies in Mexico and Latin America (Kissing up to them) who reject the siren call of authoritarians like Hugo Chavez, support freedom and democracy, and seek strong domestic economies with abundant economic opportunities for their citizens.

Recognize the importance of pro-growth policies -- keeping government spending in check, holding down taxes, and cutting unnecessary regulatory burdens -- so American businesses can hire and pay the best.(THE BEST---Do you include Illegals in that?)

Recognize the importance of a flexible labor market to keep employers in business and our economy on top. It should provide skilled Americans and immigrants with opportunity. Our education system should ensure skills for our younger workers, and our retraining and assistance programs for displaced workers (People on Unemployment and Welfare--sounds like more Socialism to me)must be modernized so they can pursue those opportunities

Recognize the importance of assimilation (We do--Why do we still have "For English-Press 1"--Don't you have any control over that?) of our immigrant population, which includes learning English, American history and civics, and respecting the values of a democratic society.

Recognize that America will always be that "shining city upon a hill," a beacon of hope and opportunity for those seeking a better life built on hard work and optimism.

Border security and our failed immigration system are more examples of an ailing Washington culture (And how long have you been a member of that Failed, ailing culture?) in need of reform to regain the trust of Americans. In too many areas -- from immigration and pork barrel spending to Social Security, health care, energy security and tax relief -- business-as-usual politics prevents addressing the important challenges facing our nation.

32 posted on 05/21/2008 12:08:15 PM PDT by radar101
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To: misterrob

I wonder if the campaign has really thought this through. This has a high chance of backfiring. The campaign is essentially sending out a bunch of complete amateurs to conduct its web-based PR. What happens when some McCainiac says something way, way, way out of line, then expects the McCain campaign to come through with a T-shirt or coffee mug as a reward? By offering incentives to online posts, the McCain campaign is claiming a form of “ownership” of them. Considering some of the wacky stuff that could get posted, does McCain REALLY want to own other peoples’ heat-of-the-moment, off-the-cuff remarks?

Very dangerous territory for someone who has repeatedly said he wishes to conduct a civil, respectful campaign.


33 posted on 05/21/2008 12:08:27 PM PDT by LadyNavyVet ("No more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition ..." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dawnsblood; KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

As I live and breathe. I am changing my approach. It is this, “If McCain supporters do not want Barack Obama as their POTUS, spend less time here, and make a fervent appeal to have an acceptable candidate nominated at the convention”. I am no longer going to be the person on the defensive. Don’t like that answer? Tough.

If you do not want Obama. Get a new candidate. Otherwise you will get what you hate the most.


34 posted on 05/21/2008 12:12:09 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: CharacterCounts; NeilGus

Yep, I’ve seen them too.


35 posted on 05/21/2008 12:12:32 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Your parents will all receive phone calls instructing them to love you less now.)
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To: Moose4

“Something is very, very wrong here.”......

Sure is!...McAmnesty knows the conservative base considers him a traitor and the truth hurts so he isn’t even going to try. We are telling him...forget about it!


36 posted on 05/21/2008 12:12:45 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NeilGus

They are most certainly posting here. Some of the McCainiac’s posts are so scripted that the only rational explanation is that they’re paid per click.


37 posted on 05/21/2008 12:13:12 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: NeilGus

They should be posting here but I guess they figure they have a better chance of getting votes on Dem sites.

Who says they aren’t? keyword ‘McCain’

Moderates and Progre$$ives post here all the time even if it isn’t a blog... and definitely not a GoP blog.

anyone trying to link Conservatism and the benefit of a ‘Putsch to the middle’ GoP party will get a reality check here, FRee. ;-)


38 posted on 05/21/2008 12:18:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: samtheman
I hate John McCain.

You just screwed yourself out of 500 points for a John McCain baseball cap. :(

39 posted on 05/21/2008 12:18:44 PM PDT by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: muawiyah

For me, he can do that AFTER he has:

1. Fired Juan Hernandez from his campaign
2. Resigned his Senate seat


40 posted on 05/21/2008 12:23:21 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: indylindy
If you do not want Obama. Get a new candidate. Otherwise you will get what you hate the most.

Great statement! It bears repeating.

41 posted on 05/21/2008 12:25:58 PM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: radar101; All

Did you notice the little drop-down box on the right side? (”suggested blogs”)

The Freep isn’t even listed, which speaks volumes. Reckon it’ll register with our resident McCainiacs when confronted?


42 posted on 05/21/2008 12:31:21 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: cripplecreek

“What a joke.”

Good ‘conservative’ John McCain probably doesn’t know FR even exists.

Maybe he’ll come online and talk to us, answer questions.

Roflol


43 posted on 05/21/2008 12:33:58 PM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: alicewonders

I think it is high time we “get a candidate WE CAN BELIEVE IN”, that is not McCain. It is asking too much to not accept the BS he believes in? I am tired of being told to shut up, vote, and not being granted freedom of speech.

What are we fighting for anyway? I am not fighting for a UN controlled, global world. Just not.


44 posted on 05/21/2008 12:35:19 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: LadyNavyVet
No, he’s bribing them. They get points at his online store.

Oh, yeah, I can see it now. For every pro-MacCain message they post, they get one point. Then, when they've acumulated 1,000,000 points, Juanito's folks will send them a "Vote MacCain" pin.

45 posted on 05/21/2008 12:37:28 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Screw MacCain and the elephant he rode in on.)
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To: Dawnsblood

Time to join some of the sites that have received the offical MacCain campign seal of approval and post a few “MacCain is God” messages.


46 posted on 05/21/2008 12:39:36 PM PDT by E. Cartman (Screw MacCain and the elephant he rode in on.)
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To: indylindy

I couldn’t agree more! There is still time for us to find another candidate, IF we stop telegraphing the message to the party that we will vote for any slop just to keep the dems from winning. If we don’t stand up now - it will be a long time before we get the chance to again.


47 posted on 05/21/2008 12:43:59 PM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: Moose4

There are several conservative talk radio hosts who have never been able to get McCain to appear, even when he was at the bottom of the polls, etc.

Conservative candidate? Hardly. But he has no problem appearing on say, Sat. Nite Live. A few years ago, there was a skit that portrayed McCain VERY badly, relating back to his POW experience. It was really over the edge, very demeaning. I remember a discussion here on FR about it. I think that’s the last time I watched that show I was so disgusted. And I can’t stand McCain, but there was NOTHING funny about what they did. Now, I ask, WHY doesn’t that tick McCain off as badly as he’s always ticked off at the rest of us ‘conservatives’??


48 posted on 05/21/2008 12:47:26 PM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: AuntB

Juan McCain has an obsessive hatred of conservatives that I think makes him mentally imbalanced and highly unstable. He’s just “not right”.

By the way, I love your tagline!


49 posted on 05/21/2008 12:59:18 PM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: NeilGus

I think you may be on to something...


50 posted on 05/21/2008 1:10:48 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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