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. Joe

    Go Home Boys!
    Grand standing for Big Oil companies is a lousy way to spend your vacation!

    August 5, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. norml

    71/2 years of doing nothing on energy,and now,just before the election ,they want to protest by staying at work?get a grip,right-wingies,we are not stupid ,anymore.we have the internet and we know everything about you.you're done!

    August 5, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. levy

    where is Lou Dobbs ?

    August 5, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Isn't it interesting how the right-wing conservatives want to drill for more oil, keep throwing more money at an illegal war, and have no concern for the enviornment, while the left-wing liberals want to conserve our resources, bring home our troops, and protect the enviornment. As a Democrat, how is it that we are the liberals, when evrything the Republicans stand for is wasteful, and far from conservative? The only thing McCain and the Republicans are trying to conserve is the well-being of oil companies. They really don't care what happens to the rest of us. Vote smart, vote Obama.

    August 5, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. maxx Atlanta GA

    This is a gimmick, the repubs had almost 8 years for this and now its important because the oil men are leaving the white house and Iraq is not signing over their oil to them, so they better drill here to keep their pockets fat and keep fear among the slow and unwilling to believe they are all in it together..... The increase in gas prices were planned part of their fear mongoreing and remember ENRON this is the final chapter so they can keep the fear going. Democrats stick to your guns on this, dont reconvene start campaigning so none of them get a seat we have a convention in a couple of weeks lets be prepared. Obama got this he's our next president!!!!!! Lets be Americans

    August 5, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Neil

    This gimmick will not work. We all know who's responsible for the energy crisis–Bush, the GOP, and the idiots who voted for Bush.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. empty vessel

    14 comments before closing the Hillary going on the trail for Obama, eh, CNN.

    Oh yeah, most of the comments were anti-Obama, so it must be stopped.

    You fools hammering the Republicans for this are so uninformed as the FACTS are that we would not be on the mideast boob if it were not for Democrats shooting down EVERY idea that the Republicans have wanted to do for YEARS be it more refineries NO, Nuclear energy NO, Coal NO, Offshore drilling where there actually is oil NO, windfarms NO.

    Detect a pattern yet?

    McCain is many things and one of them is right on energy, as he has stated he want to do ALL the above and MORE IMPORTANTLY, find and fund alternatives while we use what we have.

    The whole package, just what we should and do want, but not you Obamabots, who can only hear what the "chosen one" is saying.

    Did you know that he receives money from the oil companies as does JUST ABOUT EVERY POLITICIAN FROM BOTH SIDES... FACT.

    These knuckleheads are actually trying to make Pelosi and company accountable, DON"T WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY?

    August 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Mike

    You're right, what makes the republicans think that they can get anything done when they have the democrats standing in the way, refusing to hold a vote for offshore drilling, yet not coming up with any ideas on their own?

    August 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Rich in Seattle

    Ohhhh, a web site! That should really put the pressure on now. Not just ANYONE can put up a web site.

    August 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. empty vessel

    You fools hammering the Republicans for this are so uninformed as the FACTS are that we would not be on the mideast boob if it were not for Democrats shooting down EVERY idea that the Republicans have wanted to do for YEARS be it more refineries NO, Nuclear energy NO, Coal NO, Offshore drilling where there actually is oil NO, windfarms NO.

    Detect a pattern yet?

    McCain is many things and one of them is right on energy, as he has stated he want to do ALL the above and MORE IMPORTANTLY, find and fund alternatives while we use what we have.

    The whole package, just what we should and do want, but not you Obamabots, who can only hear what the "chosen one" is saying.

    Did you know that he receives money from the oil companies as does JUST ABOUT EVERY POLITICIAN FROM BOTH SIDES… FACT.

    These knuckleheads are actually trying to make Pelosi and company accountable, DON"T WE WANT ACCOUNTABILITY?

    August 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Cameron

    The picture of George Bush holding the Saudis hand makes me want to puke. The picture of him crawling over there and begging them to give us more oil makes me sick.

    We are leaders of the world, not doormats. Bush is an idiot, and the world knows it.

    O/08

    August 5, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    how boring...... don't the GOPs have any real plans at all???? just posturing?

    August 5, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Angel Mires

    "In stumping Tuesday in this key battleground state, Obama sought to link the troubled economy with Republican policies and offer his own energy plan in contrast. He has tried to cast McCain as more concerned about oil company profits and drilling than an overall energy strategy.

    However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry."

    Sorry Obamabots – he is the same ole same ole

    August 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. GoMcCain08

    Go republicans! The democrats did nothing for two years even though they had a majority, and now they are hurting the american people in an effort to protect the dalai obama.

    Democrats are scum bags, and they need to think about what is best for america instead of themselves.

    August 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Ken

    There is nothing "conservative" (in the true sense) about the people who created this website, or their cause. A conservative would conserve his longterm options and resources, by making sure currently leased resources are fully developed before rushing namby-pamby into a reactionary scheme that is nothing more than a short-term give-away to the oil companies. A real conservative would analyse all the options and choose the one that balances long term and short term needs....oh wait that is precisely what the [D] proposal already does!!!! It seems the dreaded MSM should get on the ball and send readers that look for a conservative website over to one of the [D]s websites.

    These [R] goons who think they are conservative crack me up.

    August 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Ian

    Give me a break. The Republican lead congress had six years along with a Republican president to act on the energy needs of the United States. All of a sudden they want to act on the energy "crisis"!?!? Only now, when faced with the fact that Democrats may achieve a filibuster proof majority do they pretend to care. What a joke! Maybe Democrats would be willing to vote on the energy bill if it wasn't loaded with off-shore drilling that would produce oil 10 years from now. If that section of the bill was removed, would Republicans be so anxious to vote?

    August 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. Katja

    WHy wouldn't John McCain ask President Bush, a member of his party and someone with a vested interest in McCain winning in November, to use his power as Chief Executive to call Congress back to session to vote on this critical issue.

    McCain isn't interested in a vote. He is interested in a photo op.

    August 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Joe

    Thomas Jefferson said that no mans life, land or liberty is safe when the legislators are in session
    Now we can add the environment to that list.

    August 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Alice in Florida

    I'm so glad I'm no longer a Democrat! I was blind all my life, I guess; but Flip-Flop Man Obama, the Stupid DNC, Useless Nancy, Disenfranchizing Howard, Judas Richardson, and all the rest of the gang of idiots have finally opened my eyes. The only Democrats that are worthwhile are Hillary and Bill.

    I am now, for the first time in my life, REALLY proud to be an Independent! McCain has my vote in '08 so I can vote for Hillary in '12.

    August 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  20. Que Quedas

    it is ironic that just before the election House Rethugs are hustling........they had control for 6 years prior to the last two.......do not be decieved by this people......quit rewarding these programed manipulators because the only time they work is when it is close to an election......stage a protest to stop record deficit spending.......

    August 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Peter (CA)

    Guess the option of the high road in this election year is gone...

    If the Republicans want to provide relief, they had the option of voting to tap into the Strategic Reserve and they refused. Oil analysts praised this part of Obama's plan and said oil would drop to $90 a barrel and gas would drop 60 cents a gallon.

    Oh, but then there would not be such a rush to drill off the coast. And the big oil companies would be mad. And the Republicans would not get their campaign contributions.

    Seriously, other than attempt to sell out our future, what have the Republicans done for most of us??

    August 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Nathan, IA

    So....they realize by not doing anything while in session that they'll all be voted out of office this fall? Too late, too lazy, good bye congress fools!

    August 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Jon

    WIsh the repubs would fight for me as hard as they fight for big oil and Halliburton et al.

    August 5, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. independent now

    why does everything have to be about race. This race is neck and neck, if mccain wins He wins. If obama wins he wins. I have heard too many racist remarks on these message boards lately and they arent commig from white people. Whats the matter with you. One man mentioned if obama dosent win their will be rioting in the streets, is that what you want? Intimidation is not going to make people vote for someone who isnt qualified.

    August 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. KCBob

    Looks like they are going to stay as long as possible... I dont blame them considering that they will be a shadow of their former selves after the election.

    August 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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