Right Online Conference: Michelle Malkin

posted at 2:10 pm on July 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I missed most of Michael Steele’s excellent address, unfortunately, as I scrambled to get some lunch before Michelle took the stage.  I’m hoping that Americans for Prosperity will have the video of it available on its website soon.  His call to action and sacrifice on behalf of conservative principles had a deep impact on the gathering, and it reminded us of why we value Steele.  He expertly mixed the personal, the philosophical, and the political.  Steele urged all of us to go tell the story of our cause.  “This is our moment,” Steele insists, and we can still seize it.

Michelle followed Steele after a brief awards ceremony.  Introduced as a “hero to the blogging community” and a “leading voice of the Right on line,”  she got a standing ovation from the audience as soon as she appeared on stage.  She started off by ripping Wesley Clark and defending John McCain.  No, really!  Clark had thanked the Netroots Nation for defending him against the “right-wing freak machine”, and she had a lot of fun with his idea that “drawing chalk flowcharts for ACORN” is better preparation for President than leading the largest squadron in the Navy.

The primary concern for these activists, Michelle says, is to defend what’s Right — and what’s right.  Sometimes that means sometimes opposing people who are purportedly on our side, and especially those who say we need to be more like the Left in tactics and strategy.  “I reject the MSM narrative,” Michelle stated, on the importance of campaign fundraising, especially since the advent of the blogosphere.

Before the New Media, rejection letters were the rule for writers and opiners.  Thanks to the Internet, self-publishing has set us free from elitist “gatekeepers” who decide what opinions are worthy of publication.  That has democratized political thought and allowed conservatives to bypass the MSM filter.

“There should be no self-esteem crisis among the right-wing blogosphere,” Michelle told the audience.  We have a long string of policy and media victories, and don’t need to apologize for anything.  It was mostly the right-wing blogosphere who promoted the Move America Forward telethon that raised over $1.5 million for soldiers in war zones, three times the original goal.  Gathering of Eagles, Protest Warriors, American Sheepdogs — conservatives are doers, not just talkers.

We don’t need a change of tactics — we just need more conservatives to engage.  Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.  Regardless of how many readers each of us have, each blog post helps defend this Constitutional republic.

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First!

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 2:12 PM

I finally got one.

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 2:13 PM

very nice, cant wait for the vids to hit the net.

trailortrash on July 19, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Steele/Malkin 2012

HotAirExpert on July 19, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I’ve said this before. Michelle Malkin, by creating Michellemalkin.com and Hotair.com has made the Drudge Report nearly obsolete. I don’t go to Drudge first anymore, I come here or her site. Why? These sites are more up to date, choose better topics quicker and the analysis is second to none. That alone makes her a giant.

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Thanks Ed.
I would have liked to have been there. I hope to next time and am so glad to hear that conservatives have their own online convention now.
Have a great time and can’t wait to see the video.

gatewaypundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:21 PM

I’ve said this before. Michelle Malkin, by creating Michellemalkin.com and Hotair.com has made the Drudge Report nearly obsolete.

That’s kind of you to say, but Drudge’s traffic is still orders of magnitude larger than ours. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Steele is great to listen to, real true blue type.

Dr. Manhattan on July 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

That’s kind of you to say, but Drudge’s traffic is still orders of magnitude larger than ours. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Sure his brand is huge, he isn’t as much of a niche and he’s gone pseudo-liberal and tab. I work for the VRWC. I guess the best praise I can give you is people who work in my business now tend to check you guys out before they go to Drudge. Not to mention yours, Ed’s and Michelle’s analysis of stories is as good if not better than anything written in the MSM and online.

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

gatewaypundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:21 PM

There is the national Defending the American Dream Summit in DC the second weekend of October. Don’t let the fact that I’ll be there stop you :-)

steveegg on July 19, 2008 at 2:36 PM

That’s kind of you to say, but Drudge’s traffic is still orders of magnitude larger than ours. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

How much of Drudge’s traffic is international versus Hot Air’s traffic? Do remember that, in terms of actual influence, it’s as much who reads as how many.

steveegg on July 19, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Give it time. The more Michelle is out in front of an audience, wherever that may be, the more name recognition and traffic. I first learned about Hotair when she was a commenter on O’Reilly and the website was displayed beneath her name. I wanted to know more and thought I’d see what it was all about. Then I searched to see if she had her own website. I’ve been here ever since and following her progress. Drudge doesn’t even interest me.

atxcowgirl on July 19, 2008 at 2:39 PM

My daily clicks typically include Drudge, Hotair, Michelle, Laura and and Boortz…

I know everyone was yearning for this info…lol

deedtrader on July 19, 2008 at 2:41 PM

I hope Michelle is right. But, I fear not. This isn’t just a matter of unregulated speech and occasional forays into action by various groups. The left is really organized guys. They have taken control of the media and the education system by infiltration. Control of elected offices has, by extension, given them control of the judiciary and the bureacracies. Control of the government workers unions creates a money feedback loop that benefits the politicians.

I’m not sure that writing a blog and holding a rally is going to cut it. We’re going to have to get control of the political offices and hold them, for decades, against the storm of media criticism and union-funded attack ads. These offices will have to be held until the current crop of bureaucrats and judges can be retired out. Until the schools can be completely overhauled to eliminate leftist influence. Until the MSM finishes destroying itself (this is one potential bright spot). The people we elect to office will have to have the stones to do all this and break the employees unions, besides. I don’t know where we’re going to get these people, or how we’re going to keep them there.

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 2:42 PM

not necessarily in that order…

deedtrader on July 19, 2008 at 2:42 PM

I’m joining in the standing ovation for Michelle, from my place here on the sidelines.

Hit hard, hit fast, hit often. Regardless of how many readers each of us have, each blog post helps defend this Constitutional republic.

Keep up the good work! A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Thank you Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit for all you do and for providing a forum for the rest of us to contribute as best we can.

Gilda on July 19, 2008 at 2:44 PM

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Don’t forget see-dubya. I enjoy his posts.

atxcowgirl on July 19, 2008 at 2:49 PM

I was disappointed that Michael Steele was not considered for the VP slot. His presence alone would trump the “race card” issue once and for all, and he would be a voice for a growing number of African-Americans who just HAVE to be tired of Jesse Jackson representing them. He would also solidify the conservative base, as opposed to the country-club neo-con Rockefeller Republicans (hey, I’m just sayin’…) that McCain is brooding over now.

In any case, I hope Steele continues to be in the spotlight.

manwithblackhat on July 19, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I’ve said this before. Michelle Malkin, by creating Michellemalkin.com and Hotair.com has made the Drudge Report nearly obsolete. I don’t go to Drudge first anymore, I come here or her site. Why? These sites are more up to date, choose better topics quicker and the analysis is second to none. That alone makes her a giant.

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I still go to Drudge, but I do have to say Hot Air has become my first go to site and second Michelle Malkin.

As for Michael Steele, he would be a great choice for VP, but for some reason he is not considered. By the days, it seems Romney will get it.

jencab on July 19, 2008 at 2:57 PM

That’s kind of you to say, but Drudge’s traffic is still orders of magnitude larger than ours. Let’s not kid ourselves.
Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Allah,
I haven’t been to the Drudge” site in months. Just too laborious.

I have HA as my HomePage, check it maybe 10 times a day, and put my fiffy cents in when it warrants the comment.

This site ROCKS.

(And rolls over the libs)
However you all might want to “Tame the Trolls” a little better lately. ;-)

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 3:02 PM

I’ve left the conference energized. Hearing Michelle was the absolute highlight (and shaking Ed’s hand, too, on the way out!). Steele, too, was invigorating, as was Norquist, Erick Erickson of RedState.com and Texas’ own Michael Williams. I wish more of you guys had been there. What a great group of folks! Makes me want to go down to 6th street tonight and harass the nutroots.

mimi1220 on July 19, 2008 at 3:03 PM

That’s kind of you to say, but Drudge’s traffic is still orders of magnitude larger than ours. Let’s not kid ourselves.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Not to apple-polish, but I agree completely with AYNBLAND. Drudge is recycled crap, sometimes from months ago. His only claim to quality used to be that he published news the the lib networks had censored, from their own people.

Now he just publishes tabloid crap from the UK and old, sensational stories for traffic. He sucks, and is utterly irrelevent for news-seekers. This site is priceless, by comparison.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Not to apple-polish, but I agree completely with AYNBLAND. Drudge is recycled crap, sometimes from months ago. His only claim to quality used to be that he published news the the lib networks had censored, from their own people.

That’s all fine but 50 million Drudge fans (or whatever the actual number is) can’t be wrong. For every one of our readers who prefers HA there are 100 people who prefer Drudge.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

That’s all fine but 50 million Drudge fans (or whatever the actual number is) can’t be wrong. For every one of our readers who prefers HA there are 100 people who prefer Drudge.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Gee…sorry then, I guess I’ll have to switch to the boring over used site with the old hat.

Nah…just kidding folks.

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Can I say it again? Name Recognition.

atxcowgirl on July 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM

I don’t think comparing HA with Drudge is comparing similar sites.

HA provides analysis, on mostly political topics, with a good mix of others, including some odd and funny ones.

Drudge is just a link-machine to local and global articles, with occasional “I’ve got the goods/trash, keep your breath fluttered about what’s coming up” few-liners.

Drudge has the left, middle, right and international junkies checking in. That doesn’t mean that they read much beyond the titles.

He serves a market.

HA serves another.

Sometimes they overlap, both good.

In time the MSM is going to be at congress’ 9%.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM

First!

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Knock it off trigon, don’t do that here, this is a political comments blog not kidnagarden.

Maxx on July 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

MM rocks but please stop with the comparisons to Drudge. They are in different leagues. Michelle caters to politically active, know-it-alls on the right. Druge caters to the devil on our collective shoulders.

For one, MM pays attention to journalistic best standards and practices. HA and MM both can be a little rahrah for my tastes at time, but the writing is excellent.

Drudge is a crap writer with marginal reporting and sourcing skills. He is however the biggest name in media in our lifetimes…until the next one.

You morons dismissing him to suggest that he has peaked are the exact reason it takes 12 jurors to hash out “the truth.” Your perspectives are limited to your own experiences much like a newborn who does not understand object permanence.

Sure his brand is huge, he isn’t as much of a niche and he’s gone pseudo-liberal and tab. I work for the VRWC. I guess the best praise I can give you is people who work in my business now tend to check you guys out before they go to Drudge. Not to mention yours, Ed’s and Michelle’s analysis of stories is as good if not better than anything written in the MSM and online.

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Just submit your resumé.

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

HA is still behind Drudge on posting many topics. Drudge though dos not have to spend an hour or two to write up an opinion piece about an article.

also, you could bypass Drudge and just go to breitbart.com and get the same info, since that is where 33% of his links go anyways.

Plus we like HA because we get in interact, Drudge, there is no interaction.

WoosterOh on July 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

I’m looking forward to some video and transcripts Ed.

As for Drudge/Hot Air/MichelleMalkin dot com, it’s apples and oranges. HA and MM are not perfect and I sure miss the Vents and weekly Jihad Watch etc. but they certainly are the best of all the other offerings out there.

Zorro on July 19, 2008 at 3:59 PM

Knock it off trigon, don’t do that here, this is a political comments blog not kidnagarden.

Maxx on July 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Believe me, you don’t wanna call down that thunder.

RobertInAustin on July 19, 2008 at 4:07 PM

You morons dismissing him to suggest that he has peaked…
The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

I’ve been posting on HA for almost 2 yrs. now.

I am still always surprised and saddened, when I read someone here name calling and belittling the other posters because of a “difference of opinion”.

People please try to keep the low and insulting behavior to your friends and or family…not to this community at large.

Rant over.

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM

These conferences are a great idea.
I’ve plugged for the like.
Too bad they don’t give/get much advance notice.
Maybe conservative blogs can have a regular spot to reference what’s coming up and where, at least to post pre-registration links for regular site members to screen off ubertards from crashing the party.

maverick muse on July 19, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Steele for VP. :)

irishspy on July 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM

I start with Drudge but Hot Air is my second site each morning to find out what’s really going on. Then on to other sites. The web has completely replace Newspapers and TV News for me and I don’t miss them one bit!

sabbott on July 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM

I start with Drudge but Hot Air is my second site each morning to find out what’s really going on. Then on to other sites. The web has completely replace Newspapers and TV News for me and I don’t miss them one bit!

sabbott on July 19, 2008 at 4:15 PM

It sounds like we’re kindred spirits, at least in terms of media consumption.

And I’d just like to reiterate what someone else earlier said…comparing Drudge to HA is like apples and oranges…their “raison d’etre” is entirely different.

asc85 on July 19, 2008 at 4:21 PM

That’s all fine but 50 million Drudge fans (or whatever the actual number is) can’t be wrong. For every one of our readers who prefers HA there are 100 people who prefer Drudge.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Is it that they prefer Drudge, or don’t know this site exists? My guess is the latter. But go a head and be humble Allah, it’s O.K.

Troy Rasmussen on July 19, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Personally, I do not visit Drudgereport that often. I have a good list of websites to read when I sit in front of this monitor. Since April the American Thinker is usually first, The Anchoress, local papers from Ft. Walton Beach, Pensacola and Pittsburgh then MM and then Hot Air.

Zorro on July 19, 2008 at 4:35 PM

First!

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 2:12 PM
Knock it off trigon, don’t do that here, this is a political comments blog not kidnagarden.

Maxx on July 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Dear Maxx,

First off, it was a small bit of harmless fun. Once in a while we have harmless fun here. Lighten up. You’ll live longer and be happier.

Second, you can read my more serious, and, hopefully, more thoughtful comments a few posts farther down. Feel free to comment on them. Or not. We do that here.

Third, learn to spell ‘Kindergarten’.

Your Pal,
Trigon

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 4:36 PM

By the way, Michelle – wow. Just … wow.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 4:59 PM

That’s all fine but 50 million Drudge fans (or whatever the actual number is) can’t be wrong. For every one of our readers who prefers HA there are 100 people who prefer Drudge.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 3:11 PM

I can sure understand that…

Michelle caters to politically active, know-it-alls on the right. Druge caters to the devil on our collective shoulders.

…and that, too. Different games, entirely. Drudge is just an idea that arrived at the perfect time.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 5:05 PM

trigon on July 19, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Kindergarten… I got it. I’m relaxed, but “first” is still inane.

Maxx on July 19, 2008 at 5:12 PM

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM

I enjoy differing opinions. Most of us do. But I, like many others, have a low tolerance for the lowball inanity some of you dumkopfs spill.

Just ignore my comments and you won’t have to soil your panties any more.

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

And that’s Mr. Asshole to you.

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

HotAir, Ann Coulter then Drudge.

2Tru2Tru on July 19, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I think Michael Steele is awesome, wish I could have been there to see him and Michelle and the rest.

Like atxcowgirl, above, I first saw Michelle on Bill O’Reily and got on HA.
And that was when I first heard of Drudge! I know, my husband says I live in a bubble, he’s correct as usual.

4shoes on July 19, 2008 at 7:23 PM

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM
I enjoy differing opinions. Most of us do. But I, like many others, have a low tolerance for the lowball inanity some of you dumkopfs spill.

Just ignore my comments and you won’t have to soil your panties any more.

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Wow. Consider yourself ignored. No problem here.

Glynn on July 19, 2008 at 8:08 PM

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM
I enjoy differing opinions. Most of us do. But I, like many others, have a low tolerance for the lowball inanity some of you dumkopfs spill.
Just ignore my comments and you won’t have to soil your panties any more.
The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Tuff guy huh? Is that how you talk to everyone you come across? I’m surprised you still have fingers to type with if you do

When you’re posting under an assumed kick name.

You just can’t get the hint.

Shut-up with that asinine and insulting name calling. It’s not what this place is all about. Go to the HufPo or KOS Kids site and do it there.

You would fit right in with those folks.

Your language is only more proof that as a country we are quickly sinking to new lows of degradation and acceptance of trash talk.

Have a wonderful Saturday.

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 8:18 PM

1GooDDaDDy on July 19, 2008 at 4:09 PM
I enjoy differing opinions. Most of us do. But I, like many others, have a low tolerance for the lowball inanity some of you dumkopfs spill.

Just ignore my comments and you won’t have to soil your panties any more.

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM
Wow. Consider yourself ignored. No problem here.

Glynn on July 19, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Add me to the list supporting what Glynn and 1GooDDaDDy is saying…it’s people like The Race Card who have really spoiled what used to be a far more civil and respectful site when it came to user comments. Sometimes I forget that I’m probably not the only one who thinks like this.

asc85 on July 19, 2008 at 9:22 PM

I just love to watch O’Reilly and have him break a story that I heard on MM or HA a week ago. Way to go MM, EM, and AP! Thank you for your service!

TimothyJ on July 19, 2008 at 9:31 PM

The Race Card on July 19, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Goddamn, you’re a self-absorbed twit. And no “Mister” for you. Hell, you haven’t even earned “Boy”.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Michelle is my hero. Heroine. Either, or both!

Cylor on July 20, 2008 at 5:28 AM

Beautiful lady.

Johan Klaus on July 20, 2008 at 9:42 AM

AYNBLAND on July 19, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I agree — Drudge is pokey and really just a clipping service. But reading this stuff in context with the the interpretations put forth by Michelle, you (Ed) and Allah is far more worthwhile… by a mile!

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byteshredder on July 20, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Michelle, it was wonderful to meet you and Mr. Steele. I was in awe of you.

otcconan on July 20, 2008 at 3:42 PM

mimi1220 on July 19, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Meeting Michelle was a highlight, really. It was finally nice to meet someone shorter than I am. :)

She really is very gracious in person. I expected no less, of course, but it’s always great to meet one of your heroes and realize that yes, they are just real people.

Michael Steele was great to meet as well.

Michelle’s speech was awesome, and I loved how she stayed on the message that we should not be like the nutroots or emulate them in any way.

And mimi, I went down to 6th street three nights in a row, ate steak all 3 nights, and made fun of and openly mocked hippies in the street.

otcconan on July 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM