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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  1. Luis

    Vote McCain or join the insane..................

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. TX for Obama

    Marie from California:
    There are 70% who believe Drilling would help bring oil prices down is because there are Idiots like you who got sold on McCain's gimmick. That is exactly what he was planning for. Sell the dumb idea to the Idiots.

    You fell for it

    August 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. An American

    If the Dems were doing this the GOP would be whining about it

    August 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. The Real Issue

    Interesting, now the Republicans want to do something......All they ever do is filibuster!!!!

    August 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. RENEA

    Oil was a 27 dollars a barrels when Bush took office.The Republican were in charge of Congress until 2006.Why pull this stunt now? The vote on the Iraq War happened right before the election also.The Republican are playing bully again to get there way.

    August 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. ProudToBeDemocrat

    This year the Conservative Republican party will go down no matter what they do they have been using God's name to exploit the poor people they have angered God take my word they are going down.

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Michelle, PA

    I saw the headline and thought it was about the Republican convention.

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Carol, Lansing

    Suprise, the Republicans want the Democrats to come back for an up/down vote.

    That way, the can criticize if they don't come back and they can criticize because the Democrats don't want to approve as is giving big oil more tax breaks.

    Nothing more than a political stunt from a bunch of out going republicans.

    Exit stage left.

    August 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. bill for barack

    Go ?
    Don't go ?
    Need someone to tell you where to go ?

    August 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Paris

    It is actually paid for by commonsense and realistic strategy.
    We need every think including offshore drilling.

    As always democrats putting political party ahead of country and the nation.
    Democrats need to stop protecting Obama and start protecting the people.
    I am glad that GOP has its priority right.

    Just the talk of offshore drilling is bringing the oil price down.

    What are the Democrats afraid off that they don’t allow a vote?

    We want VOTE ON ENERGY NOW.

    August 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Phil From VA

    Political stunt. Drill now to do what.. we wont see a drop for another 10 years. How about drilling the land they already have? It's just to make their buddies rich. People wake up.

    August 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Joe Regis

    The repubs think we are all stupid.

    I doubt the people will fall for your dirty tricks.

    Not with the econmic situation and jobs lost inherited from the current republican administration.

    No more repubs this year.

    Obama 08/12.

    August 5, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Wow... in reading this blog you would think the democrats are happy with the way congress is being run... it would explain the fasination with Barack (Miley Cyris) Obama...

    9% approval rating... less than half of Bush's... perfect... LOL

    Like it or not you need oil... to run everthing from your car, to heat, to lights, to the computer you're on right now... that will not change for multiple decades. And the oil reserve is a 16 day (wartime) supply.... good luck with that!

    August 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Adam

    Say, when the Republicans were the majority party for all those years, were they working really really hard and not taking recesses? I forget. I also forget whether they were doing anything about the energy crisis then, or if they were too busy agreeing with President Bush to think about anything else.

    August 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. proud army and navy mom

    it' s the repugs that got us in this mess. Co-signing every one of bush and cheney whims, Now they are grandstanding hoping somebody will buy the crap they are selling.

    Repugs everybody knows you all couldn't care less about regular people. quit perpetrating.

    somebody better watch them while they are rattling around that big building or another intern scandal might erupt.

    August 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. H-ROD

    REPUBLICANS HAVE FILLERBUSTED 10 ENERGY BILL THAT WOULD HAVER LOWERED GAS PRICES RIGHT NOW TEY DO NOT WORK FOR AMERICANS THEY WORK FOR THE OIL COMPANIES !! DAMM THEM ALL THE TO HELL AND THE BUSH REPUBLICAN MCCAIN!!! (YES OBAMA WILL LOWER GAS PRICES )!!!

    August 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. L.B.

    Folks,

    It is amazing how consertive groups march in lockstep.It is also amazing how they call for "bi-partisian" effort when they are not in control,but, operate in a bubble when they are in control.When the Republican Party was voted from control resently I found it shocking when the Republicans that got voted out of office spoke soooo badly of the way the President opperated the White House. Why did they not speak-up or resign ? A Republican Senator switched parties back in 2000 when he realized what Bush's intentions were. Military Generals retired when they verbalized their disaggrement with the Bush Iraq strategy. Bush just put someone in command that did what he said.It becomes more and more evident that the "conservatives" are a radical group of spoiled children that want it their way at all times.What is more important is that they refuse to listen,see reason or tell the truth.Their spoiled nature got the people of Mississippi,Alabama and Louisana drowned. Thank God I have more sense than to follow this conservative train of thought.

    August 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Timothy

    How can anyone listen to the Repubicans or the Bush Administration whom had got us in this mess in the first place. The Republicans are a bunch of corrupt lying in fooling the American people. Example, going to war. Vote Mccain more of the same.

    August 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. MikeH

    Oh yeah, will someone tell John Kerry to shut up and sit down? He has no credibility here.

    August 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. the heart of the matter

    just more tantrums by the repbulicans–if THEY WOULD DRILL ON THE LEASES THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED-HONESTLY IF ITS PRISTINE THE REPUBLICANS WANNA DRILL-OH AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE LINING THEIR POCKETS-INCLUDING MR MCCAIN-GOTTA LOVE THOSE CLOSED DOOR OIL BOYS AND PRES NOMINEE MEETINGS–GEE JOHN GOT 1.2 M!!!!!!!!!!! but yeah blame the dems!!!

    i dont get what is so hard to understand -DRILLING WONT FIX IT!!!!! CK YOUR FACTS!!!!!!!!
    even the dept of minerals agree!!!!!
    the republicans just amaze me–and this year i though ti'd vote for them....

    NOT ANYMORE!!!!!! OBAMA HAS A PLAN AND GOALS THAT WE CAN REACH!!! AND SHOULD REACH TO SAVE THIS COUNTRY –THE TIME TO START IS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. RENEA

    When Bush took office oil was 27 dollars a barrel.The Republicans were in charge until 2006.Why pull this stunt now?The Republicans pulled the same stunt right before the election in 2004 by bring up the Iraq War vote.This is just the Republican playing bully again to get there way.

    August 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Marc PDX

    I applaud the sentiment of this but it's futile. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have determined that they are not going to allow voting on any energy solutions as long as George Bush is president. So, we'll just have to all sit and wait them out... Thanks Nancy and Harry!

    August 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Matt--NE

    The democrats have built up such a hatred for the oil companies, they have created this mob mentality that will be the ruin of this country.

    They are willing to leave us at the hand of foreign nations controlling our energy because they have painted this picture of oil being evil.

    Face if folks. Oil is the cheapest, most plentiful energy source in the world.

    Anybody who says otherwise is a filthy liar.

    August 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. B.Hawkins

    Who cares?

    August 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Otto

    I am going to ask these questions yet again – though nobody could answer them yesterday – just repeated the "We need to drill" mantra:

    1) If it is so vital that we drill for oil to increase domestic production, then why don't the oil companies drill on the 86 MILLION acres of land that they ALREADY have oil leases on – where OIL EXISTS and the WELLS HAVE BEEN CAPPED?

    2) If incresed domestic supply is so vital, then why do WE EXPORT MORE THAN 75 PERCENT OF DOMESTIC OIL? I mean, one would think that US companies would be pro-American and keep that oil right here in the good ol' USofA to decrease our dependance on foreign oil.... I'm sure we can think of a rea$on.....

    It amazes me when politicians cannot remember their own BS – remember a year or two ago when they were complaining that the reason that wells were capped was because there weren't enough oil refineries? Have new refineries been built to handle the demand of their new offshore wells? No? Then how's the new influx of oil going to be processed? If they couldn't handle it then, what makes you think they can handle it now?

    We don't need to drill offshore – we need to drill where the oil has already been discovered and pump oil from where wells have been capped. Enough of the show, GOP Congress – stop the pretending and really DO something that helps.

    August 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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