August 5th, 2008
03:36 PM ET
3 years ago

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, dontgomovement.com, 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 thenextright.com, 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 dontgomovement.com.

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 search.twitter.com. 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 callbackcongress.com.

The House GOP protest has caught the attention of liberal group MoveOn.org. 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. NoMcSame(Mr.Grumpy Burns)

    No plan, just the same as McBush but he will win because he is white.
    The good ship America is going down and Obama has the life vest but the racist will not take it because they would rather go down with Mcsame then to have a blackman save the day. That is the America that I know. We are one sick family. The hate runs strong and deep in this house and hate will cause it to fall down. Poor white folks think that they are the rich that the republicans fight for. They can't fill up their cars but they don't really get it. They don't want to be lumped in with black folks no matter what. McSame will cut off their heads to help the rich but they think that he is for them. What fools they are. Obama has hope only but no chance of winning this election.
    Obama The Dream

    August 5, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Darrel from Denver

    So what.

    August 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Vigla

    Sorry, this is a political stunt. Nothing more. I hope they stay there while Democrats campaign and talk to their constituents.

    Shouldn't Republicans be out there collecting money to stay in office?

    August 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Tony

    IT'S THE REPUBLICANS STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Baze

    This is garbage. These Congress Repuglicans walk out of talks when things don't suit them, and then stay behind when everybody is trying to leave. They make me sick, and ashamed to say that I'm a Republican.

    August 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. NC Man

    Hey NANCY P where are you? Got off your lazy no good BUTT and do your job!

    August 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Tony

    WHINE, LIE, KILL, COVER-UP, SCANDAL, FRAUD.

    COME ON NOVEMBER! END OUR SUFFERING.

    August 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Sane John

    What an idiot stunt.

    August 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Marie in California

    Congress needs to get back in session and act on the energy situation......NOW!

    I am disgusted at Nancy Pelosi's arrogance in thinking she can just shut down Congress, control the country and force her will on the people. Just because she doesn't want the drilling issue to come to a vote so she can have her way......70% of Americans are now in favor of offshore drilling and even limited drilling in ANWR.

    It seems that 70% is a magical number here......70% of our oil comes from the Middle East and other countries who do not like us very well. They have us by the short hairs, and they could shut us down in the blink of an eye either by price hikes or shutting off supply. We need to get rid of that dependence.

    Also, we need to drill to take care of energy requirements in the gap between now and when we can put alternative energy sources in place and come up with functional cars that don't depend on petroleum.

    August 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Oh, I'm sure it won't be biased, and I'm sure it's not an election year.

    Hopefully in it, between a WHOLE group, the morons can accumulate the thought process of atleast one full brain and tell us: What are you doing with what you already have, and why didn't you bring this up sooner? Could it be that republicans SUCK at solving problems and only know how to POINT at them and blame someone else?

    Please tell the 10 children having a sit down in congress to get off the lawn and go figure out a REAL solution rather then a decoy to distract the american citizens from their incompetence for all these years.

    Oil companies: Do something with what you already have before you ask for a second helping. Don't shove a trick to gain all land in your pockets before showing proof you can handle it. You are scheming just to have all the land in your hands so you can continue to hold us hostage.

    Say NO to McCain and Republican ploys: Vote Democrat in November!

    August 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Ken in Dallas

    Isn't it curious that Mr. McCain is exhorting Obama to help convene a special session of Congress, a typical executive prerogative, only a week after condemning Obama for being presumptuous enough to speaking to a foreign audience as a representative of the American people.

    Isn't there somebody else McCain could talk to about this?

    August 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. tony

    Nothing like a woman scorned-
    Pelosi could care less about the people if it doesn't meet her political agenda-
    I hate to say this but it's 100% True-!! No Question !!
    That is change we could not afford to happen–!!!

    Any further change like that will put us under !!

    August 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Barb

    These folks are acting like crying 2 year olds.

    What makes them think that they can get something done now when they couldn't before they went on break.

    Give me a break.

    The Republican's know that there time is over and are just trying any tatic to hold on for just a bit longer. Even if they don't really care about the American people. They just want to make you think they care.

    How many days before the election? It couldn't come soon enough

    August 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    PAID FOR BY BIG OIL WHO APPROVES THIS MESSAGE...

    August 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Abby

    Stop the grandstanding and please compromise. The Politics of the last 8 years have gotten us no where.

    August 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. EMJ

    I know, I know, it's all Obama fault.

    August 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Political stunt

    This is just another political stunt. They try to make it seem like they care SO much about the American people now. Why now?

    August 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Kevin

    WHAT? Didn't the Republicans recently block a vote on tapping the strategic oil reserve, which would have resulted in an instant price decrease? If they really wanted to help consumers, they would have let it receive a vote.

    August 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Jamison

    I signed up for the newsletter email.

    It's good to see somebody is trying to hold this mistake of Congressional leadership accountable.

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

    August 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Rocky

    I find this whole thing unbelievable. The Dems were set up to win this election in a landslide but they then put up an ultra liberal which made it close. Now they appear to be willing to lose the White House so they can avoid facing the energy problem. I guess the far left has a grip around the throat of this party or these guys just don't realize the importance of this to the average person.

    August 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    It never ceases to amaze me, how hard the GOP will fight for the oil companies. load a syringe with oil and they would shoot it into their veins.

    August 5, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. CB FOR OB

    Stage a protest to return some of the war money you rep have spent.

    August 5, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. MikeH

    First of all, 'Conservative Activists' is an oxymoron when talking about Republicans.

    Second of all, this is not some ad hoc group, it is a phony front the Republican Central committee set up because they think they found an issue that sticks and they're going to throw everything they can into it.

    Think Terry Schiavo and the special (and illegal) legislation the the Republicans tried to push through to keep her body alive well after her brain had turned to liquid. This is that kind of phony.

    This is more scummy Republican stuff, that will only hurt the average worker and further enrich the wealthy pigs.

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Joshua College Station Texas

    This demonstration by Republicans is all for oil and continued huge profits for oil execs and more backdoor money in the pockets of Republican congressmen and women. It is NOT in the interest of the American public. They are perpetrating fraud on taxpayers.

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    Bush and his administration as well as the gop have been on vacation for 7 and half years what have they done
    1- LIED ABOUT A WAR KILLED 1000s OF INNOCENT PEOPLE
    2- RAN OUR ECONOMY INTO THE GROUND
    3 – HAVE NOT MADE US LESS DEPENDENT ON OIL
    AND THE LIST GOES ON AND MCCAIN HAS BEEN A PART OF THAT PROCESS VOTING WITH BUSH 95 PERCENT OF THE TIME, VOTING NO NO NO TO ALL SORTS OF ALTERNITAVE ENERGRY!!!!!!!!!
    AMERICANS THIS ELECTION IS SIMPLE WANT THE SAME VOTE MCCAIN
    WANT CHANGE- VOTE OBAMA THE CHOICE IS YOUR!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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