Former Bush aide Dan Bartlett: Conservative blogs "regurgitate" our talking points

He names Powerline and Hugh Hewitt as examples but I’d be curious to know which others he’s “cultivated,” or thinks he’s cultivated. I can’t remember getting so much as a press release from the White House; in fact, we didn’t even get an invite to Bush’s signing ceremony for the pork bill, likely due to MM’s notably non-regurgitative ways when opining on Bush’s loathsome amnesty plan.

Yeah, or what if [conservative blogger] Hugh Hewitt called?

That’s when you start going, “Hmm . . .” Because they do reach people who are influential.

Well, they reach the president’s base.

That’s what I mean by influential. I mean, talk about a direct IV into the vein of your support. It’s a very efficient way to communicate. They regurgitate exactly and put up on their blogs what you said to them. It is something that we’ve cultivated and have really tried to put quite a bit of focus on.

Ace checks his list: “Yeahp… Harriet Miers, the Dubai ports deal, immigration, pork, spending, etc…. all we conservative bloggers and commenters and readers do is endlessly regurgitate the party line coming out of the White House communication office.” The “Kos-Malkin convergence” on Julie Myers’s appointment would be another example. Captain Ed says he hears occasionally from the White House when they disagree with him, which is either a testament to his influence or to our own lack thereof — or both — because I don’t hear jack. Is it the atheism? The occasional fawning over lefty pundettes? Commemorating the defeat of comprehensive immigration reform with a joyous humpbot video? I feel so excluded.

As for the left’s remarkably self-unaware we-knew-it-all-along glee, I humbly refer you here.