While the progressive Blog Bros are dutifully staying on message by posting a jpg of a Republican 9-11 mail delivered to them (Bluestem was annoyed to get this, since we've asked everyone not to send us blogger talking point emails), the real fun started when we began to read Republican Party of Minnesota's Rally fundraising page at the end of that outrage rainbow.
Yes, it's awful to send an 9-11 email via your fundraising apparatus.
Rally bills itself as a narrative-driven tool:
Rally is an online social fundraising platform that harnesses the power of storytelling, making it easier to raise more money and reach new people. We make it easy for you to accept donations online (no merchant account needed!) and also engage with your growing network of supporters. Anyone can raise money for a cause on Rally.
Moving down the MNGOP Rally page, though, the general reader can learn a great deal about the psyche of the MNGOP for the last six months than absorb a coherent storyline. It's all donkey hate, voter suppression hysteria, Biden bashing, and national delegates paying their registration fees for last month's convention in Tampa.
Heck of a storyline.
And the ROI is the awesome. The page has 78,380 supporters--and the fundraising goal is $50,000. So far, $22,030 has been raised in six months, much of it apparently dedicated to RNC registration fees. Rally takes 4.5 percent transaction fee off the top of each contribution.
The interactive discourse is TLC-worthy with a dash of Mark Twain's famous quotation about cat grammar thrown in. Folks tell the Party whose hand is outstretched that it's not conservative enough. Three months ago, Mickey Timmons wrote:
We need to take back the country and the state from the socialists now. No more cooperation. No more RHINOS.
David Smith said:
We need to restore our founder's visions of "Limited Government" and restore states rights. I'm not convinced that the Republican Party is right-wing enough to do that anymore, but I will support them one more time or until they prove otherwise.
And then there are the voter fraud conspiracists. Preston Smith wrote:
I am an election judge - in our training we were told that if a voter doesn't vote on the amendments (leaves them blank) that it will be counted as a 'NO' vote. Is this true? If it is, who determined that?
Yes, OMG, who determined that? That evil Secretary of State? The amendment process wasn't the only thing those visiting the MNGOP Rally fundraising page hadn't heard of.
Who is running for US Senate? His name is never mentioned in Western MN.
Someone suggested a write-in. Mark Walorski wrote:
Katherine Olig wasn't so sure about that victory, since the other red menace is lurking:
Let's save our exceptional country from socialism/communism and preserve our constitutional rights.
Other visitors offered unsolicited advice. Bob Reid had a gender-bound solution:
Grow a pair and act like you WON the last election! I'm tired of supporting people who care more about the opinion of the Dayton Family Liars party than MN Conservatives.
K J Guddal shouted:
THE MN GOP NEEDS TO GET ITS HOUSE IN ORDER TO AVOID THE BAD PRESS IT SEEMS TO GARNER. GOOD LUCK RE BACKING RICHIE UP AGAINST THE WALL.
Bluestem's editor was raised by conservative parents in Southern Minnesota, and after reading that, we're certain this isn't our daddy's Independent Republicans. Perhaps Chairman Pat Shortage can try a cake walk, garage sale or magazine subscription drive.
Images: Swiped from the Republican Party of Minnesota Rally fundraising page.