Attending RightOnline

by Crocker on August 1, 2010, 4:51 pm

in Culture,Media,Politics

I had the privilege of attending Americans for Prosperity’s “RightOnline” event in Las Vegas last weekend. I flew in on Thursday the 22nd and met up with mates from Maine at the Venetian Hotel, the conference location. The conference began on Friday morning and concluded late Saturday afternoon with a “practicum” – working a phone bank making information calls into Harry Reid’s Nevada backyard.

The conference itself consisted of both plenary and breakout sessions. On Friday, the general session was a reception and a full-dress dinner at which Michelle Bachman was the main speaker. Saturday morning was taken up with a general session that included notable speakers like Andrew Napolitano, Erick Erickson, John Fund and Ed Morrissey.

RightOnline’s raison d’etre is new media activism. While there were good policy sessions, the meat and potato stuff for me were the sessions dealing with practical technology, like audio and video editing, podcasting and the like. I live in the policy world both through my own training and my association with the Maine Heritage Policy Center, so the hardcore technical stuff was great.

Over its three-year history, RightOnline has grown steadily to rival its primary opponent, the NetRoots convention – not coincidentally being held across town. In fact, it’s been AFP’s objective to dog the NetRoots each year and hold RightOnline at the same time and in the same city as NetRoots. This year many of our people went over to take atmospheric samples at Netroots. As an accredited journalist, John Fund did just that and delivered a great report during the Saturday session, noting that NetRoots was dispirited and poorly attended.

I took the red-eye out of Vegas Saturday night and arrived back in Portland around 11 am Sunday morning. I was exhausted, of course, but the energy and excitement at RightOnline was palpable and I was glad I could attend. Heartfelt thanks to Americans for Prosperity for paying my way as the designated blogger from Maine.

Here’s Michelle Bachman giving it her all on Friday night.

Michele Bachmann at RightOnline 2010 from AFPhq on Vimeo.

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