I'm not sure where to even being rebutting this post, which is a rich combination of paranoia and grandiosity that would make your hero Art Pedroza proud. [...]
Andrew, if you really want to see a "noise machine" all you need to do is read your own posts: loaded with straw men, unsupported assumptions, jumped-to-conclusions, screechy rhetoric and paranoia.
Hey, looky here! Jubal/Matt Cunningham responded to my post, which was a response to Jubal/Matt's response to Art Pedroza's original "Chismes" post on Orange Juice that caused the entire Orange County Republican Party to explode. Ain't it amazing how these supposedly omnipotent Republican insiders are shaking at the boots at the thought that their ridiculous scheme to allow someone who ran one of the most racist campaigns in Orange County history to run their "voter registration program" in minority-majority Central County is being exposed? And that the sheer stupidity of this plan of theirs is now out in the open, for all to see?
So why is Jubal/Matt still fuming over this? Well, he completely lost control. And why is he so angry about that? Well, I'll tell you all about it down below...
So what's the problem here? Well, the Republican Party's master cyberspace spinner has lost control of the message. He tried so hard to save the OC GOP's latest blunder from becoming a massive train wreck...
Smart move. There's no shortage and wannabees and armchair consultants in OC politics. What there aren't a lot of are campaign operatives with proven track records of success -- especially in central Orange County. The OC GOP would have been remiss to pass up utilizing someone who'd been toiling in the central OC vineyards for the past year running very successful voter contact program. Saulo ran the most successful aspect of the Lynn Daucher campaign (the absentee ballot program), and then managed Trung Nguyen -- who nearly everyone expected to do no better than third or fourth -- to within 3 votes of victory in the 1st Supervisor District special election.
... But all that hard work and fast spinning of Jubal's couldn't save his party from the ultimate reality on the ground.
It looks like the first installment of this new column was quite a hit. The O.C. Register's Total Buzz blog covered our chisme regarding the guy tabbed by the OC GOP to register new voters in central Orange County. That would be Saulo Londono, the campaign manager who sent Trung Nguyen to the border to stop the Mexicans. I'm sure that will go down real swell with the people of Santa Ana!
I love what Londono had to say about the story, over at the Total Buzz, "Although the blogs are heavily dramatizing the situation, the real reason for being quiet (about the new job) is quite simple: strategy." Sure - great strategy. Maybe they can get Lupe Moreno and Tan Nguyen to help register new Reep voters too!
Red County/OC Blog stepped up to defend Londono, predictably. Matt Cunningham/Jubal referred to Londono's successful track record. Last time I looked he LOST the last two campaigns he headed up. Maybe second place means first place in Jubal's book?
Jubal is angry because Jubal can no longer control the message. In the bad old days, when OC Blog was really the only big kid in Orange County's political blogosphere, Jubal/Matt can simply get the good word out on his clients and control what was said about them online. And since OC Blog was really the only big source for what was happening in OC's political scene, everyone would just believe what Jubal and his minions were saying...
However, this isn't the case any longer. Orange Juice now offers different perspectives on what's happening throughout the county. The Liberal OC now offers a progressive point of view to counter the right-wing spin at OC Blog-land. And yes, now I've become a thorn on Jubal's side as well. Basically, Jubal's not the sole star of the show any more. The new kids on the block are finally growing up, and speaking out.
I guess this is the real issue here. Now it certainly is important in and of itself that the OC Republicans are hiring someone who was part of a VERY RACIST CAMPAIGN to head a minority outreach and voter registration program in Central OC. However, another major issue has entered into the fray. The Orange County Republican elite is no longer in control of what we say and what we think online. Competition has arrived, yet the supposed "champions of the free market" don't seem to like the free flow of ideas and opinions.
Too bad for them. 'Cuz this new diversity of thought is really letting some fresh air rush in behind the Orange Curtain. ; )