August 5th, 2008
03:36 PM ET
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Conservative online activists launch '#dont Go' Web site

Online activists on the right launched a new Web site Tuesday.

Online activists on the right launched a new Web site Tuesday.

(CNN) – A group of conservative online activists launched a new Web site Tuesday to support a call by House Republicans to reconvene Congress and vote on an energy bill.

The site,, is intended to be a clearinghouse for information about a protest House Republicans began Friday soon after Congress adjourned for its August recess. Instead of heading home to their districts, some House Republicans have remained in Washington and taken to the floor of the House to protest Congress' failure to act on an energy bill.

“They provided the spark but we were the energy that was already out there,” Patrick Ruffini, a founding editor of the conservative Web site, said on a conference call with fellow online activists Tuesday afternoon.

More than 1100 people have signed up for an e-mail distribution list associated with the site since a preliminary splash page for it went up on the Internet Monday, according to Eric Odom, one of the organizers behind

Support for House Republicans has also been active on Twitter, an online micro-blogging service composed of short text messages. The tag “#dontgo” set up by Odom and Ruffini and other activists late last week is currently one of the most popular topics being tracked on In addition to the new Web site, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia has launched an online petition which has garnered more than ten thousand online signatures so far, according to information available on

The House GOP protest has caught the attention of liberal group The powerful liberal lobbying group is scheduled to hold a rally on Capitol Hill late Tuesday afternoon.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican effort to take control of Congress in 1994, has also announced he will be meet and hold a press conference with House Republicans Wednesday at the Capitol.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. adam

    A civics lesson is needed. Presidents have the power to call emergency sessions of Congress. So Republicans should be petitioning Bush, NOT Obama.

    August 5, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Daryl Jones

    Daschle dared them to go through with it, spending their time talking to each other inside the building while Democrats are out there talking issues with the American public. And they did.

    I highly doubt they'd be getting this same attention from the media were it the other way around.

    August 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. Glen

    I love how Obama's minions just keep bashing the Republicans even though it's the democrats that are taking a vacation on the taxpayer's dime while Republicans try to get things done. Oh how I love the hypocrisy.

    August 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  4. wilma

    Nancy....."I'm trying to save the planet".....makes me ashamed! Polls show over 70% of americans want some action in this area, including off-shore drilling, & she continues to play politics with this important issue. Americans are hurting, but it is only going to get worse. Just wait until they open their first heating bill this fall. Pelosi needs to wake up!

    August 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Ken

    It is actually really funny. I was on the floor of the House today, and I heard the Republicans complaining about the August recess, or district work period time, and they want Pelosi to call Congress back.

    If the Republicans wanted to be there so bad, why did we not have 200 and some Republican Representatives in Congress? There were 15!

    August 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. Chad, Avery, CA.

    lets just drill everywhere and increase wolrd supply by a whole 3%!

    August 5, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. S. Boatman

    These Guys Dont Care!

    August 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Former Worker in Oregon

    I have been laid off. I am so glad Obama will soon be President. I can just wait for him to take care of me now. He really cares about me. He will tax the companies that might hire me. He thinks "Big Oil" is bad. Is it because they employ may people across the country?

    Getting Congress to actually do something could help the economy and get some people back to work.

    By the way – Do any of you know that the so called "Big Oil" companies happen to be working in other areas of the energy sector?

    Do some research. You might take a different position if you thought all the way through on issues.

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. Paula

    If I was you guys, when asked. Don't tell. Give money to your party. You guys helped by voting these guys the last 7 1/2 years. If not for Congress and the Senate- Vote for John McCain. Better safe than sorry the day after.

    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  10. Anthony

    I will not be surprise if the mccain camp blames this one on Obama too like they do with everything that's their fault. High gas, high oil and who got us spending billions in iraq?..

    August 5, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Willie Lawson

    I think the whining coming from the left today. For the first time in a long house republicans are showing some stones and standing up for the American people that sent them there. Its about time that someone is Washington tried to do something.

    The left says they care about the poor but the poor take the biggest hit with fuel prices being what they are. Does the left about the poor or just getting elected ( or selling a book)?

    I hope the house republicans keep this "stunt" going for the entire 5 weeks. The Prada Princess needs come off her own little "rainbow tour". and get back to the people business.

    August 5, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Ernesto

    How about going back to their constituents and explain why they coudn't do that in almost eight years.This is just big sham, go back home republicans and think of applying a new job.

    August 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Crush Rush

    Its time to take the pukes to the curb.

    August 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  14. keepitreal50

    Uh, Marie. 70% of America was for slavery too. So what's your point. I guess big polling numbers amount to good judgement and sound wisdom, huh? 60-70% of Americans said ok to Bush in favor of the Iraq war. Can't come up with somehting better than that, cause we are in trouble if that's the litmus test that guides you and 70% of our country. Boy, what a Genius!!

    August 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. Mark

    "If the democrat have their way, we'll all be broke and relying on the government soon."

    Don't you rely on them now to protect you from the scary terrorists? As you wave goodbye to the constitution.

    August 5, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Len in Austin

    It's encouraging that more and more people are taking an active interest in the politics which shapes our lives. It's too bad so much of this interest sparks negativity. I think the USA will take any interest over non-interest.

    August 5, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. John ex canadian

    The fact is... if Bill Clinton and the democrats had signed the energy policy back in 1994, 1995, 1996 and so on....America would have lower gas prices and not as dependent on their enemy's for oil. Democrats are to be blamed 100% for USA importing 70% of our oil. Up from 35% before Clinton.

    Canadan's are more Liberal than amaerican liberals, yet the liberals in Canada arn't as ignorent as the american liberals. They have allowed all forms of drilling in Canada.

    Wake up America .....before the middle east destoys your ecomomy, and way of life.

    August 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Ron Nebraska

    So the Republicans couldn't produce legislation to begin more drilling when they had the majority and a President who would not veto any republican proposal but now that it is election time and they've already used gay marriage, flag burning, and Iran to manipulate the ignorant they'll use drilling for oil as the latest means to divide and manipulate.

    August 5, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  19. Abid

    Really? These Republicans formed a rubber-stamp Congress for 6 years that made a complete mockery of good governance. Now THEY are trying to make themselves look like the good guys that want to work for the American people?? This must be a terrible joke.

    August 5, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. More of the Same

    Attack Attack...................more dumb stuff they should be calling buddy Bush home he is the President. That's right he doesn't care he's enjoying the games.

    We will not be tricked this time. Not this time!!!!!!!!
    Repubs want to be re-elected because they see what is happening to others across the states. NO NOT THIS TIME GOP

    August 5, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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