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. Ken

    Hey Rocky. I think Obama and the [D] congress are doing just fine, in general. In fact the things I disagree with them on, would only make you howl louder if they did it my way. And I'll put up my conservative credentials against yours any day. And if you think I'm far left, it is only because you are so far right that you are actually out of touch - with reality, with intellectual honesty, with anything that approaches true conservatism.

    You [R] neo-goons who call yourselves conservative crack me up!

    August 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Here is a demonstration of the failure of Congress (all parties guilty of negligence).

    It is time to oust all incumbents we can in 2008.
    One can oust an incumbent and still be loyal to one's party.

    We must oust incumbents!
    We need a new Congress as much as we need a new President.

    August 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. April

    The GOP has had years to get more land for the oil companies. This is just an election year stunt to try to fool people once again. More of the same just like John McCain.

    August 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    When is mccain going to the senate? to cast his vote that won't count.

    August 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Bulldog

    Why are they doing this? Because it's an election year!!!! They haven't changed a bit. More games and manipulation. Fools.

    August 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Texas Trail Dog!

    Convene congress and vote. Don't wait for the conniving Democrats led by DEAN< PELOSI< KENNEDY< KERRY< BYRD< RICHARDSON and a whole lot of losers like OBAMA.

    August 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Independent

    What a bunch of grand standers....they have had, what 6 yrs or so when they were in charge to do something and they DIDN'T!!!!

    Are they adutioning for their Christmas bonus???? Their pockets aren't full enough yet???? I don't know who they thing they are trying to fool......oh yeah, themselves, right????

    August 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. California Matriarch

    *** YAWN *** !!!
    Republicans in Congress have finally lost their grip on the American people. They are a waste of space!

    August 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. bob in L.A.

    The hypocrits known as the minority in congress, had control for 12 years and failed to look at engery or our future needs.
    Now in a grandstand move, those same people think that not waiitng 5 weeks is going to change the enrgy world?
    When they have a quarum back in session, maybe they should consider doing away with all the breaks they give themselves all year and work like normal people. Better yet, we would probably all be better off if they all just STAYED home!

    August 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. EBC, MD

    The GOP is so laughable at this stage of the game. If they honestly think that we are buying this GARBAGE, they are mistaken. I mean how is everyone in the GOP on the LOW ROAD of politics? I mean is there any level to which they won't stoop?

    ENOUGH ALREADY.... we don't need or want any more whinning from the GOP, McCain, Bush, etc. Pleeeeeeze, stop with all this juvenile tactics, it's soooooooo LAME.

    August 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Cyrus - NY

    And the republicans are whining why? Remember, you guys did the same thing fat Hastert was the speaker. You threw out democratic bills faster than you could throw out toilet papers, thwarted each and every effort, vetoed and re-vetoed. Get over it!! It's the speaker's prerogative, and she has my support.

    August 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Lizzy's View Is Whack

    Elizabeth on "The View" is the biggest moron. One minute she's crying her eyes out talking about how much they all love each other. The next minute she's a fire breathing lunatic trying to convert the unconvertable into thinking John McCain should be president.

    August 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Jay

    Pelosi is the most ineffective and sad figure in politics today. The political game she plays is the key to why we have the incredible gridlock in washington today. Politico just reported today that an under-cover memo has come to light from Pelosi to local dems candidates that if they needed to embrace off shore drilling to win in a close local race then go ahead! At the same time, Pelosi denied the congress a vote on off shore drilling and went publicly in saying that it is only a Gimmick! Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouths! And all this, while Obama is flipping on his drilling position and flopping on tapping the oil reserves!

    The Dem and Obama strategy is to take all sides and bet on an image campaign alone to win the election! This, This, This is change? I don't think so! What a joke this is......and people are wondering why Mccain is so competitive.....perhaps the answer is staring at you in the face............Obama is the problem!

    August 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. Cyrus - NY

    Jamison....I guess you lived in a cave throughout the 90s, when the Dems were responsible for much of the prosperity in this country.

    Willful denial is stupid and criminal. Get your history lessons right.

    August 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    This is good as obama is as crooked as a pair of loaded dice. He spent almost no time in theSenate when he decided that wasn't for him. He thought he should have a higher office.

    He is green as the corn in August. Nice to look at, big and tall but not worth a bucket of spit yet. It needs to get experience and so does the Prince of darkness.

    obama is risky, doesn't look like us and has a funny name.

    August 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Mike in MN

    That's good, wish they would, like to France or maybe Germany) is protesting a group of Politicians that are willing to give up their vacation to solve our nations energy problem. And not one Democrat among them.

    All the independent and undecided voters are watching.

    So keep it up Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and your support group. In no time at all McCain will be ahead of Obama in the polls by 5 maybe 10 points. And Republians may even take back Congress. SWEET!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Franky

    Alright, looks like a good start. Alright GOP, I'm putting a check mark and all you need is......ohhh my, you have your work cut out. Is just unfortunate that we had to put the GOP in the corner...

    By the way, don't count me in, let them do their job for the first time...

    August 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Haley, TX

    That horrible Obama. We can blame him for the following:
    -the war in Iraq
    -the gas prices
    -being popular
    -high food prices
    -he's too skinny
    -being right about the war in Iraq
    -being right about leaving Iraq earlier than 100 years
    -his wife is intelligent
    -his daughters are adorable
    Just blame him for everything, oh, let's blame him for Katrina, he must have had something to do with it

    Obama 08, 12

    August 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. KE

    “Debate” and “vote” are two things we couldn’t expect from the Democratic Party this year.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: Why won't you permit a straight up-or-down vote? Members of your own caucus say we must have a vote. Why not give a straight up-or-down vote for drilling? Why not let it - let it be debated out and have the vote? So what exactly are you trying to say? Why not allow votes? Why can't they have a vote? Just to be clear, you're saying you will not allow a single up-or-down vote, not going to permit a vote? Why not allow a vote on the drilling?

    PELOSI: We have a planet to save. We have an economy to grow…

    Some so-called progressive movement and their “anti” trait has adopted the “anti”-democratic process for their new party. They only serve “isms and ’ologies” now. They have been busy being “against” and “anti” for decades without originate real solutions. (And they might have been bought too.) More of them (not all) have become the problem giver than the problem solver.

    August 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. sharon

    From what I understand, only the President can reconvene Congress.
    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    August 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. karen-phoenix

    The republicans had 7 years to fix our energy policy. And McBush had 26 years!!! They are a bunch of clowns and all should be voted out!!!
    And I'm a 64 year old republican who voted republican for the last 50 years BUT NOOOOO more!!!! They have destroyed the United States I was brought up in. Go Obama!

    August 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. brenda

    To NoMcSame: Please don't put all us poor white folk in one catagory. I am a middle age white woman. We are all united behind Senator Obama. BUT, the networks are doing their best to scare everyone into not voting for him. They are pretty good at it. IF Senator Obama loses this election, and the rich people scare Americans into voting for McCain, then I am going to leave this country. I will retain my citizenship but I do not want to watch what will follow. How the heck will we be able to afford higher gas prices if things don't change -not to mention the new war McCain would like to start in Iran. IF we do not get rid of the Repugs we will end up bringing back the draft because there will not be enough soldiers to "spread democracy". What a joke. If AMERICANS GET FOOLED AGAIN THEN THEY DESERVE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS!

    August 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Sandra, OH

    Why is McShame whining. Why can't he go to Europe and see how many folks he can drum up for a rally. He can't because he can't even get people excited over here, much less overseas.


    August 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Uncle Fester

    Marie, 70% of our oil does not come from the middle east, only about 23% does, and of that Saudia Arabia accounts for 17%. Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela are our other largest sources. Of course, given our standing in the world, almost everyone fits into.the "countries that don't like us category." Did you know that
    record 1.6 million barrels a day in U.S. refined petroleum products were exported during the first four months of this year, up 33 percent from 1.2 million barrels a day over the same period in 2007? Perhaps we should be keeping some of this for our own use, rather than talking about drilling that would not help the situation for years at best. The Republicans have been in the pockets of big oil for years, and now they are outraged? Give me a break.

    August 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Devon Spencer

    All Republicans are in threat of losing their job this election so sites like this become necessary for them. However, this site is useless if you look at movements such as

    August 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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