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Monday, November 1, 2010

Give Some Credit To "Not One Red Cent"

There are many stories to tell about this election cycle, but one group of bloggers deserves special credit.

In May 2009, a group of bloggers started a blog called Not One Red Cent in reaction to the attempt by the National Republican Senatorial Committee to anoint Charlie Crist as the Republican nominee in Florida, and to deprive Marco Rubio of a fair chance to compete for the nomination.

The url of the blog said it all, http://boycottnrsc.blogspot.com/.  Here was their message:

On May 12, 2009, The National Republican Senatorial Committee betrayed its mission, betrayed Republican voters, and betrayed the Reagan legacy.

The NRSC sided with an establishment candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, in a Senate primary against young conservative leader, former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Republicans across the country were outraged by this action, which is only the latest betrayal of grassroots conservatives by the out-of-touch GOP elite in Washington.

The word went forth among conservative activists: Do not give money to the NRSC. The current chairman, Sen. John Cornyn, must resign. His replacement must pledge to keep the committee neutral in contested primaries. Let Republican voters -- not party elites -- choose Republican candidates.

This is where the conservative grassroots rebellion begins. When the NRSC asks you for money, tell 'em:

The bloggers included Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain, Dan McLaughlin of RedState, Pat Austin of And So It Goes In Shreveport, Doug Hagin, Carol  of No Sheeples Here, Richard McEnroe of Three Beers Later, and Jimmie Bise of The Sundries Shack.  (If I have missed anyone, let me know.)

(Added)  Michelle Malkin provided some early linkage and publicity for NORC as well as taking up the cause, and Erick Erickson is credited with coining the phrase.

In those first few months they blogged like crazy, and they were voices in the wilderness. 

Over time Marco Rubio began to pick up recognition and support and went mainstream, and NORC posts dropped off as others picked up the cudgel elsewhere.  The rest, as they say, is history.

When that history is written, I hope people will recognize the impact a few bloggers had in the revolution of 2010.

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  1. FLORIDA ELECTION ALERT - Crist announces he is running as a woman - SHOCKING story at:


    Peace! :-)

  2. I started doing this four years ago! I sent back every piece of mail they sent me with a noted attached saying, "Not one red cent until you start backing conservative candidates - NO RINOs!"

    It took about 20 pieces of mail before they removed me from their mailing list!

  3. I'm all for the Red Cent campaign, but Sen. John Cornyn is still in charge, and may take credit for Senate gains this election despite his bumbling.

  4. Don't forget the National Review. In the summer of '09, they ran a cover story on Rubio with the title "Yes, He Can", which helped raise his profile among conservative activists (like myself).

  5. Not a major player, but I've blogged at NORC, too.

  6. @Professor Jacobson,

    I am honored to be associated with these fine bloggers and the grassroots movement that played a part in Marco Rubio's victory in the 2010 mid-term elections.

    Thanks so much for the link.