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DEVELOPING STORY – Taking Advice From Atlas, Brooklyn GOP Makes Moves To Renovate Derided Website

November 21, 2009

So they decided to listen to Dagny after all.

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, 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!

  1. John Galt permalink*
    November 21, 2009 5:09 pm

    DEVELOPING UPDATE: The Party’s new website has taken down the “Chairman’s Corner” just minutes after Atlas posted this piece.

    I guess they’re really keeping an eye on our blog!

  2. John Galt permalink*
    November 21, 2009 5:12 pm

    DEVELOPING UPDATE: Chairman’s Corner has been restored!

  3. Young GOP Kid permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:15 pm


  4. Gerry permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:17 pm

    Looks like amateurs are trying to teach themselves WordPress. It’s like watching open-heart surgery performed by monkeys! lol

    You guys are the Czars of Brooklyn GOP Blogging! We love you!

  5. Sarah Sunshine permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:21 pm

    AHH! They just added a scary image of Craig! LOL

    It’s almost as big as his ego!

  6. Craig Beaten permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:30 pm

    These people don’t know what they’re doing. Honestly!

  7. Go Fuck Yourself permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:32 pm

    You guys really need to get a life.

    • Jimmy Crews permalink
      November 21, 2009 5:51 pm

      You’re vile, Craig. And childish.

    • SEXIER REPUBLICANA permalink
      November 21, 2009 11:57 pm

      Tsk. Tsk. Such crudeness.
      If we all could we would, but the Bay Ridge Republicans are doing a fine job of giving it to the Party.

  8. Ridge Rep permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:34 pm

    I don’t understand…… I thought we wanted the county to update their site?

    As far as insulting internet users, the Duke has a point. Too many people on here spend all their time posting nasty comments online, and never ever go out and work for Republican candidates at election time.

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      November 21, 2009 5:39 pm

      How would you know the people on here have never gone out to work for campaigns? You have no clue. You’re just making assumptions, which is unsurprising given you’re clueless.

      If you’re gonna kiss Craig’s ass, please have the decency of doing it in private!

  9. Gerry permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:35 pm

    Wow, you guys really got under their skin! LOL

    OMG they’re pissed off! You guys must be so flattered!

  10. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    November 21, 2009 5:47 pm

    Too little, too late, if this is all they’re offering us.

  11. SI GOPer permalink
    November 21, 2009 6:04 pm

    That’s the best they can do? It’s hideous.

  12. Crazy Rhythm permalink
    November 21, 2009 10:50 pm

    I actually feel a bit sorry for Craig Eaton. His recent photo, posted on the “new and improved” website tells a lot, indeed.

    Craig A. Eaton looks old, tired, weary and beaten. He looks pathetic. Obviously the stress and chronic ineptitude of destroying and corrupting the Kings County Republican Party is clearly taking a heavy toll physical on Craig! He looks awful.

    Mrs. Susan Eaton should encourage her darling spouse to take a deep breath, think clearly and consider leaving the Bedlam he “miscreated” – not only for the for the sake of his sanity and mental health, but also for the potential salvage of what little is left of the professional reputation of Eaton and Torrenzano LLP within in the legal and law arena. If his law firm suffers and looses clients, he will loose his “bread and butter” or “cash cow,” so to speak.

    Lastly, Mr. Eaton would be wise to take tutorials from an IT person who can teach him about WordPress, blogging and communicating more effectively.

    • Gerry permalink
      November 22, 2009 12:02 pm

      When I read this, I almost fell out of my chair, laughing!

  13. Juan Luis Pedro Philippo DeHuevos Epstein permalink
    November 21, 2009 11:00 pm

    This year’s Annual Brooklyn Republican Holiday Party will be held on Thursday evening, December 10th, from 6:30pm ( 1830 hours ) to 9:30 pm ( 2130 hours).

    Attendance is by invitation, and if you have not yet received yours, please call 718-332-5796.

    This year’s Holiday Party will be held at the Bay Ridge Manor, located at 476 – 76th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues in BayRidge, Brooklyn. The nearest subway station is the 77th Street Station on the R line.

    Is the Brooklyn GOP paying the (Marty) Goldman family, who owns this Bay Ridge Manor catering hall, a fee for using the facility? How much will the Holiday party cost?

    Is this a conflict of interest? Is it ethical, although it may be legal?

  14. SEXIER REPUBLICANA permalink
    November 21, 2009 11:51 pm

    Crazy Rhythm is right. The man looks terrible!
    Too many sleepless nights plotting aginst everyone has turned him into a weary bitter old man.
    How old is he? 60?

  15. Susan permalink
    November 22, 2009 12:00 pm

    Omg, it is BAD! LOL

  16. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    November 22, 2009 12:55 pm

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first stumble (or is it fumble, mumble, bumble…what the hell, I don’t do computers, either).


  17. Jake RIIS permalink
    November 22, 2009 1:57 pm

    Ug, if you really want to know what these thugs are all about, look at how they talk about former District Leader Matty Smith –

    “A respected Republican activist, Matthew moved to Bay Ridge from Kensington several years ago, and was long known as a petition dynamo, regularly collecting over 150 petition signatures every June.”

    So the only praiseworthy thing they can say is that he got 150 signatures every June? Is that all he was good for? Wasn’t he a Republican activist who had more to offer as a human being, or does that sum up his total worth to the party’s idiots-in-chief? How pathetic are these morons! They are so incompetent that they can only memorialize someone based on how many signatures they get, only to know that the party leadership is completely helpless to get anyone elected, including the candidates that they actually want to help!

    That’s why they continue to fail: it’s all about how people fit as little cogs in their completely rusted machine. After all, Matty Smith passed away months ago. They imply they really valued his contributions to the party, but they only get to remembering him now? How typical of them.

    • Italian Republican permalink
      November 23, 2009 3:22 pm

      About Matthew Smith’s Memorial:

      “De Mortibus Nil Nisi Borrum”

      Do not say anything, but only good things about deceased people.

  18. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    November 22, 2009 2:11 pm

    I have to say that although I credit them actually TRYING to repair their old, ridiculous website, their so-called “improvement” is actually far worse than what they previously had!

    This is even more embarrassing!

    And why would you go after Atlas when you’re the GOP? Atlas must be getting a lot of things right if they would attempt such a pathetic hit job on this fabulous blog.

    I am laughing at them for their childishness.

  19. Brooklyn Reformer permalink
    November 23, 2009 3:28 pm

    The Brooklyn Republican’s emblem shows an elephant with its trunk down.
    It is a widely held and sustained belief that this is a sign of submission and acceptance.
    The lethargic and almost comatose Brooklyn GOP must come out from such a state of inertia and become inspirational. An elephant with its trunk up would better illustrate the kind of political party we loyal Republicans want.
    Perhaps the Brooklyn GOP should follow the lead of the YR’s and view their new logo and website.

  20. Forty Acres and a Mule permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:37 am

    I say bring back the old website!

    The “improvment” website is just as embarassing!

    Aye caramba!

    Let have a vote to bring back the “Jalopy” or “clunker!”

    What happend to the party funds earmarked to keep or regularly maintain a website current and informative for Brooklyn Republicans?


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