DEVELOPING STORY – Taking Advice From Atlas, Brooklyn GOP Makes Moves To Renovate Derided Website
Since her post on September 18th, the Brooklyn GOP has maintained a pathetic website that was never updated or touched. It was, to put it simply, a disaster.
Now, nearly three weeks after the most crushing defeat the party has seen in decades, there is movement on the Brooklyn GOP’s webpage.
UPDATE: The site was being constructed yesterday afternoon and is currently in a dilapidated state, with a hideous image of Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig “The Duke” Eaton resting under one of the old website’s original cheap banners.
There are also some new additions the party has added, deliberately taking swipes at Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn.
This also comes days after Atlas’ own Francisco D’Anconia released his piece, “With an Eye to Rebuilding The Party, Recent Events Demonstrate Eaton is No Longer Relevant in GOP Politics.”
Here’s the scoop:
First, you might recall this from Dagny’s original post:
On the home page, under the Chairman’s profile, it reads: “The Time is Now to Rebuild and Revitalize the GOP.”How about rebuilding and revitalizing the GOP’s website, Mr. Chairman?…
One thing I cannot stand—that would make any online blogger furious—is any major institution, political or not, lacking a website in the 21st century. What’s worse: having one that remains inert. It basically says “we’re doing nothing”…
Francisco [D’Anconia] probably agrees that they aren’t doing anything. I tend to agree, but anyone viewing their website would have no choice BUT to believe that. Heck, they are still advertising for an event last May in their main column…May? Really?
Since her post, two other Brooklyn Republican websites sprouted up, each getting our attention.
First was the website of Arnaldo Ferraro for Chairman of the Brooklyn GOP, which was clearly a massive change in political websites in Brooklyn. Featuring YouTube ads and Twitter, the website represented something new in Brooklyn Republican politics.
Dagny discussed the website in depth in her piece, “Ferraro Launches New Website In Campaign To Rival Brooklyn GOP Website.”
Then, came the dramatic post-election release of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club’s new website, which was highly praised for its reformist tone and positive message.
But now, apparently the party elders are trying their shake at webmastering. In so doing, they have decided to attack Atlas indirectly (which usually means we’re doing something right).
Their new website URL is brooklyngop.com, and it is clearly under construction. You will notice that they are utilizing WordPress for this site. (We cannot help but notice that all of these sites created after Atlas, from the Brooklyn Young Republicans’ to the Brooklyn GOP’s, have all adopted our platform as the standard). Whether this will be THE site for the party or a subsidiary site is unclear.
What will immediately draw you attention is how meager and bare bones the site is. Whether this is a permanent feature or will be updated and refreshened is something we have yet see.
What we noticed next was the “Chairman’s Corner,” which appears to be a blurb attack on Atlas. Presumably, it was written by The Duke. It reads:
The internet is an amazing tool in politics.
And we in the Brooklyn Republican Party welcome the help and support of our online allies.
Unfortunately, there are some who think typing away at their computer is a replacement for getting out there and meeting real people, face-to-face.
These digital armchair activists have it wrong: the internet is a great tool when used along with traditional methods of political campaigns.
If you’re not ringing doorbells, collecting signatures, handing out flyers in the real world — you’re missing our on the fundamentals of political activism.
So pound away at your keyboard — we welcome your insight and virtual involvment.
But join us in pounding pavement too. We need you.
Yes, my friends, that’s right: The Duke is using his new internet page to be critical of internet users and bloggers…but then he…asks for your help…?
No, we are not making this up. The hypocrisy is so ripe, its obvious its rotten.
Those of you who have read comments on Atlas before are likely familiar with the expressions The Duke uses. We’ve noticed “armchair activist” and “pounding pavement” before. You must have laughed when you saw those gems.
With all of the criticism The Duke has been receiving in light of the elections, it is unsurprising that he would try to blame us when we spent most of our early days indicating to the party what its deepest problems were. Now, Mr. Eaton has elected to gorge on sour grapes.
Maybe, just maybe–in spite of his nasty tone–The Duke is starting to learn from his mistakes?
I won’t make any bets, but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes next.
Since the site is incomplete, I will not write any further on it. I just wanted to keep you all updated on what’s going on.
Until next time!