Only Six People Take Up McCain's Spambot Offer

by: Chris Bowers

Thu Aug 07, 2008 at 14:09

Republican campaigns and party committees have a great history of successful, viral, online campaigns:

Remember the MyGOP fundraiser that was so popular it lost money? Remember when the RNC blog went weeks on end without being updated in the middle of the 2006 election season? Ever notice how Act Blue has raised more than 50 times as much money for Democrats as Rightroots has raised for Republicans? Well, Republicans aren't letting these past netroots bellyflops deter them.

Undeterred by these past failures, last fall the NRCC held a video contest where users were asked to submit their own ads on why the Democratic Congress wasn't working. The top five videos were to be voted on by the general public. Problem was, there were only five entries, including this one:

Now, another remarkable campaign can finally join this storied legacy, as only six people have taken up John McCain's offer to post pre-packaged talking points on blogs.

Explanation in the extended entry.  

Chris Bowers :: Only Six People Take Up McCain's Spambot Offer
In case you hadn't heard, here is the background:

On McCain's Web site, visitors are invited to "Spread the Word" about the presumptive Republican nominee by sending campaign-supplied comments to blogs and Web sites under the visitor's screen name. The site offers sample comments ("John McCain has a comprehensive economic plan . . .") and a list of dozens of suggested destinations, conveniently broken down into "conservative," "liberal," "moderate" and "other" categories. Just cut and paste.

Spamers and trolls earn points by posting more comments, and the points can be turned in for a wide range of John McCain related prizes (I'm not kidding).

Curious to see how many people were participating in this project, I performed a Google search on one phrase in one of the two talking points: "respectful of the goodness in each other". There were about 150 results, most of which were either reports on the McCain speech where he says that phrase, or blog posts mocking the online campaign. Only six results appeared to be serious attempts to spread around the talking point. See one, two, three, four, five and six.

This isn't a new campaign either, as it has been around since at least late May. While only six participants in three months might seem pretty pathetic, I guess they at least got more people to participate than they did in their earlier contests. Also, I haven't looked around for the other talking point yet, so it might rise up to a total of twelve once I do. So, instead of mocking them, perhaps I should be worried about their growing online activist army. At a rate of one new participant every year, they should catch Democrats in the year 5,677,244. Yikes!

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Far more serious than you realize! (4.00 / 2)
Dude, I checked out the five entries you mention and two of them are basically the same, just slightly different edits of the same video.  So really, they only had four entries, meaning they are increasing their participation by TWICE the rate you give!!!!


right roots (4.00 / 7)
Republicans have lots of online talent. It is just that they all support Ron Paul.

I had no idea such a group even existed (0.00 / 0)
Is it just me, or do they not list totals raised?  I wouldn't be surprised... it's sort of like all of the right wing blogs that don't allow comments because the proprietors are cut-and-running fools.  

Are they trying to obfuscate their anemic fundraising.

Maybe I was looking in the wrong place...

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Worried ... (4.00 / 1)
You should definitely be worried.  I think all this means is they must have opted to create a ton of original content that we're not even aware of and now have no easy means of locating.  The spambots are merely examples of the sort of misdirection that proves how brilliantly their plan is actually working.  To think that I almost busted a gut laughing before figuring that out.  We're dead. |

Ha (0.00 / 0)
Compare the outrage over this to the outrage over the Google optimization from 2006. As I recall, at the time the latter subverted democracy. This seems to just be sporting though. It must be nice to be a Republican in situations like that.

Except they only got six. Oops.

John McCain opposes the GI Bill.

Daily Kos is a 'featured blog' (4.00 / 1)
I find it amusing that Daily Kos is a 'featured blog' on the McCain site, described as:

A liberal online community, focusing on national political issues from the liberal point-of-view.

John McCain is kicking Obama's ASS SO THERE (0.00 / 0)

i wish (0.00 / 0)
i were hip enough to comment upon this post with creativity and cogent analysis, but all i can do is giggle. anyone care to 'splain it in 100 words or less? beyond, "mccain is fucked."

Don't forget the MyGOP disaster of 2006... (4.00 / 1)
From my work blog, Politics & Technology, June 2006:

The Republican Party's MyGOP portal -- intended to be a social networking and activism site -- has completely fallen flat.

Apparently, the RNC ran a promotion in which the top five participants who raised money from their friends would win an iPod. Well, the top five are:

GOP Bloggers - $498 Brian Bridgeforth - $426 Melissa Nolen - $150 Hank Gill - $100 Matthew Larvick - $50

Wow. Even a little bit of promotion should have helped the site pull in more than $1224.

Oh damn. Nevermind. (0.00 / 0)
Just went back and re-read the post.  Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

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