August 5th, 2008
03:36 PM ET
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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. Chris from NY

    I can't believe these people. Who do they think we are? Do they think we don't know who they are fighting for or what they are fighting for? They are fighting for the oil companies and their meal tickets. These are group of people who sat on their butts for 71?2 years and did nothing to help with energy crises and all of a sudden many of them are up for relection with no money coming from the oil companies and they are now crying foul. God help us.

    August 5, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Ralph V. AZ

    It's funny that now after 7+ years the republicans want to get to work. They should have gotten to work when they took office 7 years ago.

    What a joke!

    August 5, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Becky Montgomery

    Give me a break. McCain hasn't even shown up to vote on the GI Bill, Medicare, and FISA. He has no right to be indignant now when he hasn't voted since April. The other Republicans are grandstanding and it just reinforces the immature and undignified way the party and McCain are acting when we have serious problems. I usually vote person by person since I am an independent, but this year I will vote straight Democratic ticket. I want adults running the country. These guys can go get a reality show somewhere.

    August 5, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Tejano

    Nero Fiddled while Rome burned. Clinton played the Sax while Bin Laden was planning the attacks of 911 and now Pelosi and Reid are
    home playing with their grandkids while the Nation waits for them to act on matters of National Security,,, Terrorists, Oil crisis, Immigration,
    roads and bridges falling apart, high food prices....and the dollar
    falling to the lowest ever in history.

    Where are the Statesman that put Country above their own self?

    Only one left is John S. McCain. Country before self.

    August 5, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Larisa, Chicago IL

    "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."
    That's the problem, Marie.
    We won't see any oil from drilling for another 10 years. Better spend time and resources building alternative resources network. Otherwise, we will never get off the oil.
    It's time to understand: THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO BRING PRICES FOR GAS DOWN TO LAST YEAR LEVEL. HIGH PRICE GAS IS HERE TO STAY. It may go down a little like last week, but we won't see $2/gallon again. That the reality. And no staged protests will change this.
    So Obama's plan for extra $1000 it's just "little something" to help out people with law income who suffered the most.
    Wait till winter. I wonder what would be heating costs. And it's more difficult to conserve on heat – you can drive less, but are we supposed to stay cold in order to save money?!

    August 5, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. ben

    Who can believe anything the republicans say now?

    August 5, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    Any comment/research on the blogs saying that these Republicans have received 1 million dollars from big oil?

    Why isn't McCain there to give these comrades some support?? Or is he too busy habding out tire guages so consumption will truly go down and help reduce oil demand and thus prices?? T

    August 5, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Whining bunch of babies. McShame should ask his twin (W) to call the session. Oh – he's being protested all over Asia. Oh well. So much for that.

    Maybe McWarmonger should threaten to Nuke them – just for practice before Iran.

    Geeeeez. Grow up Rethugs !!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. El Kababa

    The Republicans should not settle for just an energy bill, they should take this opportunity to do all the things they've promised. How about a balanced budget bill (or just a budget), a deficit reduction bill, a term limits bill, a flag burning amendment, a gay marriage bill, a no-earmarks bill, a fiscal responsiblity bill, and how about a bill that would penalize Congressmen who pursue sexual relationships with teenagers. After all, they promised all this stuff in 1994 when they won a Congressional majority. From 2000 to 2006, they controlled all three branches of government. Why did they wait until now?

    So, Conservative voters, what did you get instead? Crappy jobs, low wages, no insurance, no benefits, economy is circling the drain, kids can't afford to go to college, and your Congressman is wearing thousand dollar suits – not as good as your boss's, but pretty nice.

    August 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. AOA Seattle

    "tony & NC Man"

    Have you asked yourself where all these morons were when congress was in session...out with McCain since April? Or do you still think gas jumped to $4/gal when the congress broke off for August recess!??

    And what is sad is that people like you really think these REPUGNANTS have a point!! Is it that you completely refuse to think for yourself or is it that you really cannot think for yourself even if you wanted to?

    If people like you are the voters, nowonder we have had Bush and Cheney, not once but twice. And since you obviously think Bush has done a helluva a job, you are ready to give us McBush for the same ole, same ole retarded policies and wars!

    God help USA!

    August 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Allen in Hartwell GA

    This is something I would expect of the Republicans in Congress. They had twelve (1994-2006) years in charge of the House and ten years (1996-2006) in charge of the Senate, and now they want to stay in DC and do something?!?! Excuse me for laughing.

    August 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. mordoormat


    McCain (who hasn't shown up for a vote in 4 months) is complaining about other people's attendance. Even Tim Johnson, who had a stroke, has shown up more than McCain.

    The Republicans will actually put in some overtime if they know the Oil companies are paying for it. They had total control of congress for years and did absolutely nothing but line their pockets. Didn't see them fighting like this for children's health insurance, or any other issue for that matter.

    Oil Company profits are the only thing they take a stand for.

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    All the repugs want is a chance to vote to "drill, drill, drill" so their Big Oil backers will contribute even more to them. Don't be fooled by this straw man move these girly men repugs are trying to pull – it's as fake a grand standing play as McLame at Sturgis.
    If these hypocrites were serious they would have voted for the Dems bill just before the August break rather than block it. What do these grand standing repugs think we are, stupid?

    August 5, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Latinos for Obama

    Where have the Republicans been for the last 8 years?

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Jo Ann

    Let the GOP stay let them lock themselves in they should have been
    acting like they're doing something the last 8 years. This is nothing but a show just to stay in the press.

    August 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Jimmie

    What have the democrats offered?


    Absolutely nothing.

    It's a shame the Obama supporters don't have the backbone to stand up and demand he do something.

    August 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. rob

    The Circus is in town. Look at the clowns. The Republicans rejected a very good Bi Partisan Energy Bill just because it did not give tax breaks to big oil. Now they whine and say the Democrats won't work on an energy Bill. Yes Republicans, we voters are very very stupid arn't we?

    August 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. DA

    You people that are supporting this crap of off shore drilling are idiots!!! Go do your research before being ingnorant to the calls of doing this crap!!! You will not see the benefits of this for years!!! Also, what they are failing to tell you is the Big Oil Companies have a number of leases already and are not even thinking about doing anything with them. They are not building any more refineries so, if they get this oil they won't be able to process it. I mean folks think about it oil is a commodity do you really think they want to put more out there? Wise up folks!!! Jeez!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Rick FL

    Is McCain's willingness to go along with this Republican desperation what he considered "maverick" to "battle Big Oil?" It seems more of an accommodation of Big Oil when these oil companies are not drilling in the 68 million acres available to them. They continue to make record profits while Americans are feeling the pain at the pump. Please vote these Republican affiliates of Big Oil's manipulation out of office for the sake of our country.

    August 5, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. BigAce

    I'm sure somebody is going to blame OBAMA for this...............

    Oh wait Rocky did already...Whew! I was worried that the PUMA's and Republicans had given up so early in their attempts to demonize him.

    I'm not an oil man, but didn't some oil magnate name T. Boone Pickens say that we can't drill our way out of this problem?

    And isn't it true that even if we were to drill in the US that we would see that oil hit the market for at least 7 years?

    And isn't it true that even if an oil company does find oil and brings it to market there is no guarantee that the oil will be sold to US companies for consumption by us because oil is sold on the open market to the highest bidder? Which means China may buy the oil thats produced in the US.

    Bottom line, even if we open up drilling there is no guarantee that it will have an effect on the gas prices we are currently paying.

    The solution is alternative fuel sources, which OBAMA is promoting.

    And McSames plan it to drill in every available space and forest and park in the US, but contiue to pay the high gas prices for the next 7 years and maybe get some relief. Just maybe.

    August 5, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. noclue


    why does

    August 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Obamalism

    Ummm..with Iran making threats to shut down the straigh of homuz and you retards want to tap our strategic reserves... are you kidding me? Do you understand what strategic reserves are for? They are for when the supply of oil is halted...not when it gets expensive

    It's stupid to ever have it below 100% (yes i know bush did it) and doing it with threats being thrown around is is Obama.

    Anything for a vote....

    McCain 08

    August 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  23. Susan

    Where have they all been for the last 8 years? Don the Republicans really believe we are going to fall for this? What a joke they are! And why isn't the "Maverick" there with them leading the charge? This is a ludicrous display of showmanship!

    August 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. JOHN

    I see a lot of moronic comments here. I reply to CNN's ridiculous race/religion bating, America hating articles daily and none ever reach the comment section. I see they only print foolish, uniformed, rants from half-wits here, because they (mistakenly) believe that people who read this will think this is mainstream, normal thinking. It's insane. If all of these sheep took a long look at themselves, they'd puke.

    August 5, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. McCheney is still Running?

    Sure everyone come back and push through the fastest least thought out legislation we can to solve the energy crisis, Patriot Act Anyone? Perscription Drugs? Iraq War, those all worked out being shoved down congresses throat

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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