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Friday, May 09, 2008

The Next Right. . .

. . .is:
. . .the place for wired activists to build a new Republican Party and conservative movement. As a community-driven grassroots action website for the right, we'll feature in-depth political analysis, on-the-ground reports, and strategic discussion and debate.

I think this is an excellent idea, long past due. One of the most regrettable developments over the last five years, or so, has been the right's seeming inability to create an organized online presence. It's doubly regrettable when you consider the dominance that the right held within the blogosphere just a few short years ago. Our failure to coalesce around a central set of goals and objectives has cost us dearly, and with any luck, The Next Right will go a long way toward remedying the problem.

The importance of starting an online movement of this sort, I think, is demonstrated by the facts I addressed in my previous post on Mark Krikorian and the way in which the illegal immigration issue has been handled over the past few years. If The Next Right succeeds in its stated purpose, there will be a viable counterpoint on the Web to the undue influence of groups like NumbersUSA. As things currently are, these groups wield far greater influence than their numbers actually suggest they are entitled to, simply because they are far more organized and focused than their opponents.

Also, it has the potential to be a guiding force for what seems to be a rudderless Republican Party. As influence goes, it's hard to argue against the idea that an organized online grassroots community would be a healthy one for the GOP. The left's success in establishing such has been overwhelming with regard to fundraising and overall political action. I suspect we'll see a lot of good things coming from this new effort, and I plan to take part in it enthusiastically. I only hope that the whole right side of the blogosphere recognizes the crucial need for such an entity. I daresay that conservatism (and libertarianism) are in danger of being completely overwhelmed if this effort isn't taken very seriously, and that the elections of 2006 are an ample demonstration of that fact.

Bookmark it and keep an eye on it. I suspect big things will be forthcoming.

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