August 5th, 2008
03:36 PM ET
7 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,, 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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  1. Maxine

    So what is the plan if the Congress comes back. I want to hear what the R plan to do. Oh wait they think now is a good time to drill in one of the last prinstine places on this the government what happend with Valdes, AK.......I live in a part of the country that has 360 days of sun, plus wind-do we have solar or wind God love the dumb R....more oil is more $$$$$$$$ in their pockets and we Americans are going to let them scare us into falling for this drill now scare, like we fall for all of their terrorist scares.....we deserve it. Stupid people that we are.

    August 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Jamaal Kansas

    gimmicks gimmicks gimmick No More Republican Gimmicks Democrats 08

    August 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Marc PDX

    @NoMcSame: Let's leave race out of it, shall we. Not everyone who is voting against Obama is automatically a racist. It's getting very tiring seeing the daily hurtling of R-Bombs. If you are so preoccupied with race then maybe you ought to look at your own predispositions.

    August 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Wisest one of All

    More proof that the GOP cares about Americans and are trying to help. Democraps are nothing but treasonous scum who care more about vacations than doing what is right for working people.

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Emma

    I am so sick of hearing John McCain asking Barack Obama to join him in asking Congress to return for an energy vote. Where has McCain been all year..........................he is the last person who should ask anyone to join him and demand that Congress reconvene.

    He is OLD and a HAS BEEN. He should take Cindy and they go back to Arizona. The people of Arizona, do you want a war monger to continue to represent your fine state?

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Have you ever noted that empty cans make the loudest noise?

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Terry in New York

    How dare congress go home during this energy mess with no clear picture for the future?
    Don't make me reconsider who I'm supporting!

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. v.a.

    how many time did the republican controlled congress black ball the dems when they wanted to vote on bills?

    they're getting a taste of their own medicine. quit your crying you big babies.

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Steve

    McCain, the self-proposed leader of our country, and maverick in his own mind doesn't seem to be stepping in here. Not a peep out of him.

    The GOP is throwing yet another tantrum because things aren't going exactly their way. Tantrums were acceptable when they had control of both the executive and legislative branches of government. Tantrums aren't OK anymore. This bill does not need to be signed in the next 30 seconds. The results of this bill will take years. A few weeks one way or the other mean absolutly nothing. This is just the GOP trying to fool the American people into thinking, once again, the GOP is trying to get something done for them. It's utter and complete nonsense.

    Put up all the knee-jerk websites you want. Make speeches that you won't let reporters record (as you're doing in your protests). Put up TV ads. Spend money. Maybe send everyone a drill bit with Obama's name on it. All very, very smart stuff (NOT!).

    And for those of you calling Obama an ultra-liberal in control of the "far left", stop listening to Limbaugh. His head is solid bone, all the way through.

    August 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Joe in NJ

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

    No, the Dems are lying on a beach somewhere enjoying their five week vacation while average Joes like you and me are working to try to make ends meet.

    August 5, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. ran

    The republicans do not want an energy bill. They only want a drill bill and give away all our land to the oil co who will sit on the oil just like they are now on the land they already have because if there was not oil on the land they already have the oil co would not keep leasing them. If you increase supply the oil co profits would go down and they will not do that. This is just a way for the republicans to get money from big oil and for big oil to keep making lots of money and we the people keep suffering. People WAKE UP. VOTE ONLY DEMOCRAT.

    August 5, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyManOffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Political theatre by bad actors posing as Rethuglican senators trying to ease their guilty consciences for being in the pockets of BIG OIL and voting against the nation's interest over the many years.

    August 5, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Ana, Nebraska

    Until Pelosi, Kennedy, Reid, Kerry & all their ilk are summarily escorted out of Washington, it will be THEIR agenda that Americans are subjected to. None of them care about what the people want & they are all deep into the pockets of whatever lobbyist gives them the most perks. & Obama is equally indebted to his own group as well as the Illinois democratic party.

    Pelosi needs to be in Washington dealing with the issues the way the American people want her to not off on some vacation or tooting her own horn about what SHE believes is best.

    August 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. ginny bell

    why???? they have not done anything for 8 years.

    August 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Les-Wa

    I'm disgusted with Nancy Pelosi and democrat controlled Congress. These people think MORE of themselves than WE THE PEOPLE. Nancy and friends doesn't care about the American people, why should they, they get paid by US TAXPAYERS, they have good health coverage (subsidized by TAXPAYERS) , they don't have to worry where to get the next dollar to buy groceries (these people received all kinds of perks from big corporations/lobbyists a lot of us know nothing about), they have 5 weeks vacation (PAID BY TAXPAYERS).

    When it comes to Obama, he VOTED FOR Energy bill of Cheney that gave Oil companies another $2billions because their profit is not enough. Obama is for change alright! CHANGE TO EMPTY YOUR WALLET!!!!

    I can't believe I am saying this against the democratic party I used to embrace for a number of years, donated money to – THANKED GOD I'VE FINALLY WAKEN UP FROM MY LONG SLUMBER! I'M NOW AN INDEPENDENT VOTER! I have NO USE for the Democratic Party anymore, they should change their name to MARXIST PARTY!

    August 5, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Boy o boy the Republicans are really pulling straws now. All of a sudden its the Democrats fault for all of the mess they've made. Sorry GOP we're NOT buying it!!
    Obama '08

    August 5, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Michael, Boston,Ma.

    Another desperate measure by a no nothing do nothing bunch of flunkies! We have had an energy problem since Reagan was president but our so called good friends the Saudis promised us cheap oil and we got addicted. The country has been run by big oil for the past 7 and 1/2 years. Throw all the Republicans offshore.

    August 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Not this Time!!!

    The Hell with those old Grand Standing Bastards(Republicans)
    FYI The REP pull this stunt pretending that they care.... PATHETIC!!!!


    August 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    How dumb do the Republicans think we are? They had the last 7.5 years to fix this and knew that it needed to be fixed after the attacks of 9/11. Instead, the figured that they could syphon oil after the Iraq War was over and put real solutions on the back burner. Now, 2 months before the election, they're pulling this nonsense? Please!

    August 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Luckyj

    McCain, if you are more experienced , why are you behind? Being a Senater for so many years I would do any thing to make myself SHINE too. What tricks do you have under your SLEEVES now? You cant be trusted.

    August 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. bakersfield

    please approve
    ‘I will stand with the (Muslims) should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.’ Quote by Obama

    August 5, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. ginny bell

    HE IS SCARED .....DO NOT GIVE IN......

    August 5, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. Matt, Canoga Park

    I say let them go. We will just fire all of them come November. The most laziest worthless congress in the History of the United States. More Americans like Bush more than they do Congress that is how low they are.

    Fire ever useless fool there in November and then in two years fire the ones we didn't get this time around.

    If you really want CHANGE and want things to change then get rid of these fools.

    August 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    It's all politics. The Republicans have latched onto the one issue that seems to be in their favor (but wouldn't be if people were more informed). In the end, they're just trying to do one last favor for their oil company buddies before leaving office.
    Before we start opening up more ecologically sensitive areas for drilling, we ought to be asking why they're not drilling on the 68 million acres they currently hold leases for. Surely there must be oil there. Otherwise why would they keep the lease? And how about the oil wells in the southwest that have been capped and sitting idle? It's a big land-grab by the oil companies to get all they can.

    August 5, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. Justin in CA

    Will will the Cons learn the people of America aren't as stupid as they would like us to be. Stop with the politics and compromise on a bill that addresses the whole energy crisis, not just the pockets of oil companies

    Don't buy the Cons con

    August 5, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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