Conservative Weblogger Threatens to GOP Senators on Immigration Bill

by Sean Hackbarth

John Hawkins is threatening to do all he can to trash online any Republican Senator who votes for the compromise immigration bill. His weapons will be Google bombing and webloggers with a side order of free consulting:

If this bill passes the Senate, I’m going to organize multiple Googlebombs that target every Republican in the Senate who is up for reelection in 2008 and votes for this amnesty bill. I’m going to find the worst, most damaging hit pieces on the entire world wide web and I’m going to see to it that every person who searches for the name of a pro-amnesty Republican in the Senate will see those articles. I organized GoogleBombs last year that targeted Democratic candidates and we got 70 out of 86 negative links in the top 30 search results on Google. This year, since we have more time, we will probably have an even higher success rate.

Last year, I organized the Rightroots effort to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for Republican candidates in the last 3 months of the election. This year, if this amnesty bill passes, I’m going to organize a group of bloggers to raise money for any viable primary challengers to pro-amnesty Republicans in the Senate. I’m also going to offer those candidates my services, pro-bono, as a consultant, to try to get their names out in the blogosphere. On top of that, I’m going to hunt down every single piece of dirt I can find from Republican sources on these pro-amnesty Republicans and I’m going to release it in the blogosphere. Put another way, if you’re a Republican senator up for reelection in 2008 and you vote for amnesty — and you face a viable primary challenger — I’ve got two words for you,

Scorched Earth.

To say Hawkins is ticked is an understatement.

We don’t know how much of a threat the GOP thinks this online action is. On the House side it’s been a week since Redstate started its campaign to kick Rep. Ken Calvert off the Appropriations Committee. The Family Research Council has joined the fight, but Calvert remains in his committee seat.

If Republicans feared their online supporters as much as Democrats fear the netroots we’d be reading about Sen. McCain abandoning his bill and throwing himself to the Redstate crowd pleading for forgiveness. Not seeing the Republicans react to rightroots endeavors bolsters the argument on the front page of The Washington Post that the right is behind politically on the internet.

Hawkins might not have to fulfill his threat since no one likes this bill not those who want a tough clamp down nor the illegal immigrant advocates.

Project Payback: Google-Bombing Pro-Amnesty, Republican Senators Up For Election In 2008″

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