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. ConcernedAmerican

    About time someone tried to do something to hold this Do-Nothing Congress accountable.

    They already said that they weren't going to bring this issue up again until next year... Are they that sure their golden boy is going to get elected with stunts like this?

    Don't try to win the votes of Americans by playing with their wallets Democrats!

    I registered independent this year after the terrible acts I've seen by the Media, the DNC and now I can add this Congress to the list...

    At least they wont be around for long. Lowest approval rates in history for the Democrat Majority. That Goose is cooked. We just have to deal with it's golden egg in November...

    Wake up America!

    August 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. JD in Moraga, CA

    Evidently the Republican Party is just now becoming aware that there's an energy issue in this country...funny that they haven't done one blessed thing during the entire Bush tenure...go figure.

    August 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Dan

    Wow! 1100 people signed up for emails from this site. Those Republicans are really in touch with the modern world. i wonder if Moveon has 1100 supporters yet? what about americablog? HAHAHA!!! remember people – we haven't even started drilling off shore yet and there was another DISASTROUS OIL SPILL on the MISSISSIPPI LAST WEEK. No More Drilling – please start to conserve.

    August 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. JOKE

    So what is this going to actually do?

    absolutely nothing, but a bunch of noise that no one cares about because it accomlishes nothing whatsoever.

    August 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Paula in WI

    every 4 years at the election season the republicans suddenly want to pretend to do something.Mcain hasn't been at work but a few times over 26 years and now we are supposed to believe that they want to do something.Bull!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. MBFLA

    The White House refuses to call Congress back into session early. Educate yourself!

    August 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. JOKE

    Obama just needs to continue his path, because Grandfather McCain thinks he knows it all.

    MCain go sit down some place, take a rest off the mind, remeber that
    Alzheimer’s medication. Oops he forgot again.

    August 5, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. Jeff, South Bend, IN

    No wonder the Republicans are getting killed at the voting booth nowadays. Idiots.

    Rocky that means you, too. No facts in your comments, just spouting your ignorance.

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  10. Mike Dallas

    Empty Heads Spout Empty Rhetoric to an Empty Chamber!

    Seems as though not much has changed, still blathering empty rhetoric, since the Republicans were the ones that held up the energy bill before recess. They are the one's that should be there talking to an empty chamber contending the bill will go no further until they can add 28 amendments, instead of taking the Democrats offer to allow offshore drilling and fewer amendments. That is called compromise and until Republicans realize they are no longer the majority party in Congress, let them stay there and stamp their childish feet..

    Of course, the compromise would have made the Grand Oil Party put the concerns of the American people first and above big business and when was the last time McCrypt and Crew allowed that to happen?.

    August 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. Salina, Washington, DC

    This is just a push for Bush, McCain and the republicans to get a bonus from Big Oil. Knowing Offshore Drilling is a very long-term solution and it wont have an affect on consumers for a least decade from now, and knowing that Big Oil (and them) will be the ONLY immediate beneficiaries from offshore drilling, and knowing it is not the answer to the energy crisis. But they know if they say it long enough and push hard enough for it, the ignorant idiots of this country will believe it, just like they did with the Iraq war. And why now, have they been sleeping for the past 8 years. Like they said, this a is 'psychological relief' to the ecomonic and energy crisis. LISTEN people.

    Obama is the only one telling it like it really is, he's the one with the real solutions.

    Obama '08/'12

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. Peter


    August 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  13. Vietnam Vet

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    This is a riot! Mcbomb was talkin to some bikers today and they were
    saying their woman were going to sign up for a dance contest. McBomb opens mouth and inserts foot volunteering his wife to compete. This contest is a topless dance contest!!!ROTFLMAO

    August 5, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Jeffrey Brown

    Senator McCain would find this interesting, if he knew how to use the internet!

    August 5, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Bush = Liar

    Isn't "Online Activist" and "Conservative" an oxymoron?

    August 5, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Wynter

    Sounds like a good plan... "Don't go" to the web site. Why is CNN advertising for them?

    August 5, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. jake

    Listen to you liberals. That first message is disgusting and a disgrace to America. I have yet to read any comments to rescind those remarks. Oh yeah, these are the same people that believe its ok to hang with Rev. Wright. Never mind.

    August 5, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  18. homestead

    The republican probably think the American people are stupid, where have they been since the gas prices started rising. And when the republicans start feeling the pain of the american people at the pump, They spent 8 years they have done nothing to lower the gas prices as they become closer to the election they are trying to use tactics to mislead the americans people.

    August 5, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Trever

    Is the website funded by the oil lobby?

    August 5, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. SGJ, Chicago, IL

    oh wow – 1100 slack jawed yokels stopped hunting and stroking their guns long enough to figure out how to use the Interweb....

    Im sure theyve got bold font and blinking text.

    August 5, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Brad

    So, the party that believes government is inherently bad and inefficient suddenly INSISTS that they DO something about the energy crisis? If the average American can't see through this, they deserve another four years of watching the constitution get used as toilet paper.

    August 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  22. Angi's mom

    What a bunch of clowns.

    While they're in session, maybe they could bring up the topic of impeaching the biggest clown of all.

    August 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Citizen Ruth

    According to McCain and his supporters (plus pumas) Obama seems to be responsible for everything........ from A to Z. It's amazing, for how much they dislike Obama, they sure do give him a lot of power!

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  24. Tony

    This is news? It's a childish and transparent display of political posturing.

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Jon

    30 years of failed energy policies and AMERICA thinks that lower gas prices will happen if congress comes back. PLEASE god help AMERICANS not be so dumb. We can not drill ourselfs out of this problem. Did we forget that the oil company has 50 MILLION acres that they can drill on now>>>>YES 50 MILLION>>>>>> Give me those leases and I'll find some small oil companys that will drill.

    August 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
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