Convention YouTube Contest Earning Praise
Here’s a sampling of what the blogosphere is saying about the American Neighbor YouTube contest launched by the 2008 Republican National Convention on May 23:
Top of the Ticket – LA Times: “This could be the ultimate merger of politics, the Web and entertainment… the Republicans have generally lagged behind the Democrats in Web innovation. This might catch them up a bit.” – (5/23/08)
Media Lizzy & Friends: “Making a commitment to a cause greater than our own self-interest is critical to understanding the presumptive Republican nominee…This morning, I was excited to see a call to serve – with a 21st Century twist.” – (5/23/08)
Personal Democracy Forum : “A very cool idea. Your move, DNC.” – (5/23/08)
J.T. Dabbagian: “One wonders, though…Why isn’t the Democratic Party doing something? Obviously, they need to counteract this…It would seem that the Republicans are using social media better then the (D)emocrats, as they used it to pick the name of their new blog, the Grand Old Blog.” – (5/24/08)
Citizentube: “It may be three months away, but the GOP has been planning the Republican National Convention for some time — and YouTube is a key part of their strategy.” – (5/24/08)
MinnPost.com: “John McCain might not exactly be part of the YouTube generation, but his supporters hope to tap into that younger-demo communications network in an effort to elect the senior senator from Arizona to the presidency.” – (5/24/08)
About the American Neighbor YouTube Convention Contest
From May 23 through June 26, 2008, users can submit a short video through the convention’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/GOPConvention2008. On June 27, the convention will announce five finalists, which will be voted on by YouTube users through the convention’s YouTube page. Voting runs through July 3, with the winner announced on Independence Day.
The winning video will be played during the official proceedings of the 2008 Republican National Convention. The producer and person profiled in the winning video will be invited to attend the convention.
Since the contest launch just before Memorial Day weekend, there have been more than 400,000 page views on the convention’s YouTube channel, and nearly 50,000 people have watched a video call for contest entries.
Per Politico… Bob Dole sent Scott McLellan an email delivering the cold, hard, truth.
“There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don’t have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues,” Dole wrote in a message sent yesterday morning. “No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique.”
Michael Marshall, Dole’s spokesman and colleague at the Alston Bird law firm, confirms the message came from the former senator and presidential candidate. ”Yes, it is authentic,” Marshall wrote in an email.
“In my nearly 36 years of public service I’ve known of a few like you,” Dole writes, recounting his years representing Kansas in the House and Senate. “No doubt you will ‘clean up’ as the liberal anti-Bush press will promote your belated concerns with wild enthusiasm. When the money starts rolling in you should donate it to a worthy cause, something like, ‘Biting The Hand That Fed Me.’ Another thought is to weasel your way back into the White House if a Democrat is elected. That would provide a good set up for a second book deal in a few years”
Dole assures McClellan that he won’t read the book – “because if all these awful things were happening, and perhaps some may have been, you should have spoken up publicly like a man, or quit your cushy, high profile job”
“That would have taken integrity and courage but then you would have had credibility and your complaints could have been aired objectively,” Dole concludes. “You’re a hot ticket now but don’t you, deep down, feel like a total ingrate?”
He signs the email simply: “BOB DOLE”
Yeah, what Bob said. Catch my take at Heading Right with Media Lizzy.
Greetings… I will be on a road trip Monday and Tuesday. My show will air at the scheduled time, with featured interviews. Think “Best of” + Media Lizzy + BTR!
On Monday, May 19th: Alan Levy interviews Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor. Plus, my interviews with Pete Hegseth from Vets for Freedom, and Akram Elias – Grand Master of the DC Free Masons. Woohoo.
On Tuesday, May 20th: Pat Dollard and Media Lizzy take a critical look at Barack Obama, War, & his new show – JihadiKillerHour on Sunday evenings here at BTR. Fmr. Gov. Jim Gilmore returns to discuss his US Senate Race in Virginia – and his take on the POTUS versus Wanna-Be Obama “appeasement” battle.
On Wednesday, May 21st – Media Lizzy will be back in the saddle!