. . . posted by Patrick Ishmael, and I encourage Perry supporters to head on over there and register their opinions. This is another opportunity to demonstrate the depth and breadth of support for Rick Perry, and as always, I strongly discourage any attempt to game the survey. I firmly believe that Rick Perry’s supporters are the most dedicated of all the candidates in the field, and that resolve can be demonstrated through honest, heartfelt advocacy much better than through artificial poll-result inflation.
One of the reasons some of the bigger blogs are resistant to Perry and tend to dismiss his positive attributes is because there’s some lingering resentment over the fact that he jumped into the race later than the others and had an immediate impact, only to see his level of support fall as a consequence of his early debate struggles. Because of that, some major bloggers have a somewhat understandable reluctance to invest too heavily in his campaign.
But, by showing your continued support and making a principled case as to why you believe he should be the nominee, you can help to soften that resistance. After all, the big blogs are run by actual human beings who are just as susceptible as everyone else to the tendency toward pack mentalities. And if they have a sense that Rick Perry’s core of support is solid and loyal and not given to bending to prevailing sentiment, it might be just enough to convince them that he’s worth that second look Perry asked for in his appearance at the Huckabee forum.
Now, there are some bloggers and activists out there who are simply dead-set against the idea of Perry winning the nomination — at least for now. They have their own personal agendas and are simply not open to him as the nominee. There’s little point in trying to persuade them over to your side, so directly addressing them is likely a waste of your time. However, many of the readers of those blogs aren’t intractably opposed to Rick Perry; they’ve simply been discouraged by the reaction to his early missteps and the self-perpetuating nature of falling poll numbers.
Those people can be persuaded, and you can do that in the comment sections of those big-time bloggers. The way to do that is to refrain from antagonizing their readers by doing what some Romney supporters do, such as coming to blogs like The Damn Dirty RINO and denigrating the conservatism of Rick Perry in an attempt to make the case that Mitt Romney isn’t really all that bad a candidate. You’re much better off talking about Rick Perry’s accomplishments and making the case that he’s the most consistently conservative candidate in the field. Given the respective records of the current front-runners, that’s not a hard case to make.
Of course, when you do that, you’re going to encounter some push-back from the readers on those blogs who support either Newt or Mitt. If they get nasty, remember you’re on their turf and respond accordingly by comparing and contrasting the accomplishments and consistent conservatism of Rick Perry to that of Newt and/or Mitt. One important thing to keep in mind in doing so is to try to avoid posting more than one link in your reply. Doing so will sometimes cause your comment to be suspended for moderation, at which point you will be at the mercy of the blogger in question as to whether or not your comment will be seen. Most of them will go ahead and allow it to be posted, but if they’re particularly hostile to Rick Perry, they may not feel compelled to allow you to use their space to advocate on his behalf.
So, when commenting and posting links in comment sections, only use one per comment and include any other links you might want to publicize in later comments to buttress your case. Of course, you have to be judicious about the number of comments you post on any given blog lest you end up being deemed a spammer. That’s definitely not the kind of image you want attached to Perry supporters.
Now, The Damn Dirty RINO is an unapologetically pro-Perry blog. And comments from supporters of other candidates are subject to all manner of derision — though personal threats and foul language aren’t acceptable responses. We here at DDR Global HQ don’t have a problem with mockery or the oft-bewailed ad hominem attack against advocates of other candidates. As far as we’re concerned, the comment section of this blog is Rupp Arena and the supporters of other campaigns are visitors from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Bloomington, Indiana. Feel free to make life miserable for them, but don’t throw any chairs or batteries.
Fight hard, but keep it clean. And, if you should feel so inclined, feel free to post a link to this piece on Twitter. Also, be sure to read and forward along my two previous posts on using social media to help promote Rick Perry’s campaign: HERE and HERE.
UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers, and a big thanks to Patrick Ishmael for the link in the Hot Air Snap-Survey analysis! Have a look around and make yourselves at home. If you like the digs, I hope you’ll bookmark me and come back once in a while.