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Nutroots Nation 2012

William Jacobson:

Confirmed – Netroots Nation 2012 Chose Providence To Keep RightOnline Away

I posted yesterday about my suspicions that Netroots Nation 2012 was scheduled for Providence, RI, a small convention market (and near my home in RI) in order to keep RightOnline away by booking almost all the major convention space and hotel rooms.

Netroots Nation has been bothered and embarrassed by the close proximity of RightOnline, including a now-famous appearance by Andrew Breitbart.

The Boston Globe confirms that Netroots Nation 2012 chose Providence to keep RightOnline away, and even has put non-compete agreements in its contracts



I wouldn’t insult weenies like that (my best friend is a weenie) but you get the point.

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50 Responses to Cluck, cluck, cluck

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Oh yeah, here’s a picture of my weenie:

    • WMCB says:

      That’s a pretty impressive weenie. And you even have the curve like he reportedly did (I have not seen the pic).

  2. votermom says:

    My first thought when I saw the chickens is “are those going in my pot?”

    Hey, I got a great campaign slogan for BO 2012: “A nutroot in every pot!”

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Joe Moneybags Gazette:

    Things got a little testy this weekend when a Republican online conference and conservative online publisher Andrew Breitbart showed up in Minneapolis at the same time as Netroots Nation, a gathering of liberal operatives, bloggers and activists.

    So in an effort to prevent similar blogger battles next year when Netroots heads to Providence, R.I., next June, event organizers are trying to ban other gatherings from using the city’s convention center and two of its hotels during Netroots weekend. It is insisting on a noncompete clause in every contract at the Rhode Island Convention Center as well as the Westin Providence and Providence Biltmore hotels, Raven Brooks, Netroots executive director, told Washington Wire. A convention center official said he was not immediately aware of the arrangement.

    The conservative conference, RightOnline, has followed Netroots around the U.S. since 2008, seeking to act as a counter-event. This year, a shouting match broke out when Mr. Breitbart tried to enter Netroots, camera crew in tow. Mr. Brooks alleged other cases of harassment at the Hilton Minneapolis, which was used by both events, and at downtown bars.

    There are, of course, other hotels, in downtown Providence.

    “The folks at RightOnline are free to hold differing political views,” Mr. Brooks said in an email. “They are not free to harass our people and create a poor social experience at our hotels.”

    In the military “cowardice in the face of the enemy” can get you shot.

    • WMCB says:

      I’ve seen lots of youtube of the Netroots event, and I never saw a lot of “harassing” of the Netroots folks by the RightOnline folks. Since they all have cellphones, I’m sure there would be video if anything nasty actually happened. Simply showing up and intending to record their events is considered “harassment”?

      Bad move by the NetRoots folks. The general public is going to see this as a) Weenie cowards who are terrified of Breitbart b) elitist “Ewwww! Icky people who aren’t lefties in the same hotel as me!” arrogance, and c) Bubble-making. “Lalalalala I can’t defend my positions adequately, so I’ll fix it so I don’t have to be around or argue them with anyone who differs.”

      Have fun in your steadily shrinking echo chamber, Netroots. You’re starting to look like Brave Brave Sir Robin.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Didn’t realize RI was going to be a big battleground state.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    The implosion continues:

    Newt Gingrich’s top two fundraising advisers resigned on Tuesday, and officials said the Republican candidate’s hobbling presidential campaign carried more than $1 million in debt.

    The departures of fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman were the latest blow for the former House speaker who watched 16 top advisers abandon his campaign en masse earlier this month, partly because of what people familiar with the campaign spending described as a dire financial situation.

    These people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the campaign inner workings, said the former Georgia lawmaker racked up massive travel bills but money had only trickled in since he got into the race earlier this spring.

    These officials said that he is at least $1 million in debt. The current fundraising quarter ends June 30, and Gingrich will have to disclose his campaign finances by July 15. He is personally wealthy and could fund his campaign out of his own pocket, at least in the short term, to keep his campaign afloat.

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer piece of shit.

    • ralphb says:

      Gingrich is a huge piece of shit. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, except maybe Obama?

    • WMCB says:

      Good. Though I really wasn’t worried. Someone months ago was worrying about Gingrich, and I told him the “new republican grassroots” and the teapartiers despise Newt. I never thought he’d be a contender. They HATE him. The conservative blog commenters were all laughing their asses off at him every time he came on TV, referring to him “waddling his fat ass fast as he could to get to the front of the parade and look like he was leading something.”

    • myiq2xu says:

      Speaking of pieces of shit:

      Edwards’ Life in Exile

      Depending on who you ask, the man is “a snake,” “a scumbag,” or, as Betty Henderson, receptionist at the Edwardses’ longtime church home in Raleigh, eloquently put it, “a narcissist so in love with himself that he can’t see past his own desires.”

      BTW – that should be “. . . the Edwards’ longtime church . . .”

  5. ralphb says:

    This is sort of neat “Huntsman Campaign Launch Begins Day with Misspelling of His Own Name”…

    • votermom says:

      Hunstman seems to me to be the candidate of the DC cocktail circuit … good at shmoozing and inoffensive. He will probably raise a lot of money from his friends but I seriously doubt he will get votes.

      • WMCB says:

        Yup. Huntsman is the fallback position for the country club Bushie set, who really like Mittens, but are uneasy at his chances. He ain’t getting the nomination.

        • votermom says:

          I’m surprised that so many lefty bloggers seem to like him. They all ooh over how smart and edumacated and stuff Huntsman is. Of course most of them also oohed over BO the same way … I guess some people never learn.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Lefty bloggers going ga-ga over a GOPer.

          What’s wrong with this picture?

        • WMCB says:

          Lefty bloggers came about as a counter voice to The Village. Remember that? I do. But they are now just a bedroom community of The Village. They have been co-opted by the same forces that co-opted our mainstream press. Power, money, access, and a feeling of being one of the power brokers, of being in the loop. They are pushed and pulled and guided and molded in the appropriate directions – stress this, ignore that, soft-pedal the other thing. Sometimes its knowingly and sometimes unknowingly.

          Oh, and they are fucking cowards, who however sincerely they may hold their personal liberal views, don’t have the courage to upset their peer group. Herd followers, the lot of them.

      • Erica says:

        “if someone doesn’t know who they are, they shouldn’t be President of the United States…”

        I guess Harry Reid has learned something from B0 after all.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    An email I just received from dKos:

    Last night, Countdown with Keith Olbermann returned to the airwaves on Current TV.

    With Keith’s arrival, cable providers should treat Current the same as CNN, Fox and MSNBC.

    Click here to sign our petition telling cable providers to treat Current equally:

    Color me “fair and balanced” 😛

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  8. myiq2xu says:

    Dave Weigel:

    Erick Erickson of RedState, who spoke at RightOnline:

    I’m guessing the nutroots want to stop @rightonline to save themselves all the bad press b/c their attendees can’t control themselves

  9. Three Wickets says:

    David Halperin’s got quite the Progressive gathering going. Better than Markos.

    Newt isn’t speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference. But Van Jones, Kathleen Sebelius, Gene Sperling, Amy Goodman, Gwen Moore, Katrina vanden Heuvel, PJ Crowley,Cecile Richards, Deepak Bhargava, Melissa Harris-Perry, Gaby Pacheco, plus super-surprise guests, are. July 6-7 in DC — hurry up and sign up before we fill up.

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