Direct action by the left and right online

While redstate.com provides endless tasty pellets of fail, no one is wrong all the time and they are doing at least one thing better than most if not all of us on the left side of the online room.

They call for, encourage, persuade and — importantly — facilitate electoral direct action from their readers.

They do this by providing contact information for persuadable members of congress, most often representatives rather than senators, who have not yet committed to vote yes or no on a particular piece of legislation. The admins at redstate then encourage their readers, like foot soldiers in an electoral army, to call and respectfully ask that the representative vote in their preferred manner.

They are going all out right now on the cap and trade house bill.

Scroll down for a shameless copy and paste of the list of reps and their contact info redstate posted.

Paradoxically, whether their calls are effective in changing the vote is, in at least some sense, of secondary importance. In this particular instance, the chips were always against cap and trade, just as they are against the so called ‘public option’ in health care reform legislation. Even if their calls are not instrumental in causing a bill to fail, they can nevertheless claim credit.

But, if many of them call representatives and their direct action becomes the subject of discussion on various posts and threads, then they have strengthened their sense of community, their network, around this direct action. And discussing it cements it in the way campfire stories have cemented legends and myths for eons.

And further, whether they win or lose, in terms of blocking unwanted or passing wanted bills, is also of secondary importance.

If a bill they campaign against goes down to defeat, they can of course claim credit for killing it, whether or not their efforts had any real impact. But, even if the bill they work to defeat ends up being passed, they can still benefit in the longer term from the sense of community and network building and strengthening that result from the fight against it.

This readiness to call for and engage in online direct action probably goes back to the direct mail (mis)information pamphlets and their accompanying calls for similar direct action put out by Richard Viguerie and others on the right for decades.

It is a tactic that has long term strategic implications. The online left would do well to consider how to adopt it to our purposes.

Target These Representatives Today for Calling
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Thursday, June 25th at 2:19PM EDT
47 Comments
They are the swing votes on H.R. 2454, the Cap and Trade legislation.

If you live in their district, call now. If you don’t live in their district, go here to find your Congressman and call now.

Representative

District

Phone Number

Bright

AL-02

334-277-9113

Griffith

AL-05

256-551-0190

Berry

AR-01

870-972-4600

Ross

AR-04

501-520-5892

Mitchell

AZ-05

480-946-2411

Giffords

AZ-08

520-881-3588

Cardoza

CA-18

209-527-1914

Costa

CA-20

559-495-1620

Schiff

CA-29

626-304-2727

Harman

CA-36

310-643 3636

Baca

CA-43

909-888-2222

Sanchez

CA-47

714-621-0102

Salazar

CO-03

970-245-7107

Boyd

FL-02

850-561-3979

Bishop

GA-02

229-439-8067

Marshall

GA-08

478-464-0255

Barrow

GA-12

706-722-4494

Scott

GA-13

770-210-5073

Boswell

IA-03

515-282-1909

Minnick

ID-01

208-667-0127

Donnelly

IN-02

574.288.2780

Ellsworth

IN-08

812-465-6484

Hill

IN-09

812-288-3999

Moore

KS-03

785-842-9313

Chandler

KY-06

859-219-1366

Melancon

LA-03

225.621.8490

Kravotil

MD-01

202-225-5311

Michaud

ME-02

207-942-6935

Childers

MS-01

662-841-8808

Taylor

MS-04

228.864.7670

Shuler

NC-11

828-252-1651

Pomeroy

ND

701-224-0355

Arcuri

NY-24

315-252-2777

Wilson

OH–06

740-633-5705

Space

OH-18

330-364-4300

Altmire

PA-04

724-378-0928

Thompson

PA-05

814-353-0215

Murphy

PA-08

215-826-1963

Carney

PA-10

570-585-9988

Holden

PA-17

717-234-5904

Herseth-Sandlin

SD

605-367-8371

Davis

TN-04

202.225.6831

Cooper

TN-05

615-736-5292

Gordon

TN-06

615-896-1986

Tanner

TN-08

731-885-7070

Cuellar

TX-28

210-271-2851

Matheson

UT-02

801-486-1236

Nye

VA-02

757-326-6201

Perriello

VA-05

434-293-9631

and here’s a follow up post with more reps and their contact info:

Add these Republicans to the Cap & Trade Phone Calls
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Thursday, June 25th at 3:38PM EDT
24 Comments
Add these Republicans to the list of people to call about Cap and Trade.

Tell them to vote no on H.R. 2454.

Vern Buchanan (FL-13): 202-225-5015
Joseph Cao (LA-02): 202-225-6636
Vern Ehlers (MI-03): 202-225-3831
Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11): 202-225-5034
Jim Gerlach (PA-06): 202-225-4315
Tim Johnson (IL-15): 202-225-2371
Mark Kirk (IL-10): 202-225-4835
Chris Smith (NJ-04): 202-225-3765

Update: Rightwing fail. TPM reports that the House narrowly passed the bill by a 219-212 margin. Very good news and now it goes to the Senate.

Update II: The redstaters are not doing the happy dance about this.

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4 responses to “Direct action by the left and right online

  1. alex

    How is this very good news? The cost of everything just went up.

    • blahgblog

      alex,

      do you have any evidence to back up your claim? how do you know the ‘price of everything just went up’?

      and, do you think the effects of climate change brought about by global warming won’t make things more expensive for us?

      or do you not accept the scientific consensus that global warming is already changing the climate and will do so much more drastically if we do nothing to stop it?

      • Anonymous

        There is NO scientififc consensus on global warming. In fact there is currently a major lawsuit going into action against Al Gore for Fraud. The facts are that this bill will make the average household power bill go up at least 35%! This administration wanted to “spread the wealth”? Well the only place it seems to be spreading is in Washington to our government officials. Evryone else, especially the average person in this case is getting the short end of the stick.

  2. blahgblog

    anon,

    care to supply evidence to back up your claim that there is ‘NO scientific consensus on global warming’? the vast majority of scientists and scientific organizations support the idea of anthropogenic global warming:

    http://www.ipcc.ch/

    also, your claim that the ‘average household power bill go up at least 35%!’ is astoundingly wrong and based on misinformation:

    http://mediamatters.org/columns/200906260038

    last, your red baiting misses the mark. this administration is hardly bent on ‘spreading the wealth.’

    as the saying goes, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. unless you can refute my points with credible sources, you’re just repeating rightwing misinformation.

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