About me

I am a bit of an odd-duck.

First, I am a Father and Husband; that’s normal, and the meaning of my temporal-existence. In fact, it’s why I decided to accept my current professional role as Director of New Media for the Republican National Committee. That and the reality of the new-left: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama’s professional political staff show alarming signs of being hard-core authoritarian elitists convinced of their own might, wisdom and infallibility and their Neitzchian belief that if I only gave my daughter over to The State she’d be better for it  … but, I digress. I’ll let Jonah Goldberg do the opining.

Yes, odd-duck. To wit:

I am a former Talk Radio Host who had a pretty good hand in defeating Speaker Tom Foley (who actually makes today’s democrat party look like a rabble of teenage anarchists). By way of some expertise in radio, I sneaked into the technology business by way of starting an Internet Radio company with some friends and some investors. We did well, though we missed the bubble—long story, that. I remain very grateful for all the attention theDial got … and gets. Like an 80’s hairband, I guess.

More weird feathers.

I am a media-brat, then, and a political one. Seemingly genetically conservative from a liberal family, I did a brief, backward leap into full on libertarianism in the mid-90’s. I still greatly admire some libertarian thought. Our Founders, though, members of an all too small group –revolutionaries who were not themselves avarice-filled-power-mongers bent on total domination of their brothers & sisters– did not proscribe a libertarian existence: they -and thank you, President John Adams- designed a government with a well defined set of privileges and permanently be-shackled from excess by checks on its powers (which we now ignore at our peril). They did so because government gets its power from us, the people and –in their most revolutionary advance, their 5,000 Year Leap– our Founders helped invent the modern notion of individual rights when they recognized we get our rights from God. Yes–Jefferson, he of the hand-edited Bible–concurred. From media-brat to Constitutional foundation geek and back where my Soul tells me to be: pushing for the government I described in my announcement letter.

Geek, I said … yep.

Our Founders, I believe, warned us against every-catastrophe-we are currently-undergoing & have undergone. They also gave us the keys to fix them. I would start by dusting off the 10th Amendment (that, Madam Speaker, is the one about “States Rights” … and those, Madam Speaker, are the pieces of land our military flies you over on your way to San Francisco or to fifteen minute meetings in Rome … but, I digress).

Constiutution-loving-media-brat who took a back door into technology.

I spent five truly amazing years at Microsoft and MSNBC Interactive (which is a far, far better place than the Obermanfied-train-wreck that appears to be MSNBC Cable, um … “News”).

From there I left to start this.

In early February, 2009, my friends began to wall post and tweet things to me like these:

“Dude … you were so right about [president] Obama … he’s spending-mad!”

“Todd … is is even legal to print money like this?”

I expected very little of President Obama given his voting history. I hoped, though, that our most persuasive communicator since Ronald Reagan would somehow govern from the reasonable-left. He did not and I was alarmed.

The statement that finally made me decide go get involved came from a dear friend. “I know you have studied his record and have been right about a lot of what he would try to do -and, yes, some if it makes me very nervous- but, did you hear him speak today?”

So, Constitutional-geek + media-brat + corporate cat (add Dad and Husband) became political-operative.

We must get sane again.

Odd-duck.


41 Responses to “About me”

  1. [...] wrote about the new position on his blog here. [...]

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  3. Todd, I wish you the best in your new position and look forward to hearing how things pan out. I am glad the Grand Ole Party is starting to move things in the right direction. I personally have a vested interest in all of this because I am being throttled in the same position you are, but in a smaller and more youthful environment – the OCGOP. It will be interesting to see how things unfold over the coming years.

    P.S. – Glad to hear that you have a good foundational belief in Constitutionalism, as far as Jefferson and Adams is concerned. ;)

    • Sean – Let us speak soon … as I said in email, you are hardly in a “smaller position”, the opposite is true. Demographically, technologically and sociologically, you are going to to much more for liberty and freedom -and, yes, the GOP- than will us old folks.

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  6. Todd.

    I would really like to talk to you about your new role. I am a young entrepreneur who started a political website on the internet (glassbooth.org) and created a nonprofit organization focused on creating transparency in politics. Shockingly enough I am…. (a gasp rises up from the progressive ranks) a moderate conservative!

    Our website was incredibly successful, received loads of acclaim and awards, but I have moved on to a new new-media startup. This is really the context in which I would like to meet with you.

    I am sure you are completely busy but if you take 5 minutes to shoot me an email I promise it will be worth the time. My new company’s first client is a leading conservative political blog (you know them) and you would make an amazing interviewee for the site — if this is not something you are interested in, I would really also just love to talk to you as a fellow conservative new-media geek.

    Sorry about the length of the posting — I wanted to contact you as quickly as possible (I could go through the RNC but that would take longer).

    Cheers.
    Robert

  7. [...] Herman wrote about the new position on his blog here. [...]

  8. We wish you all the best and I look forward to working with you.

    The Republican Party and our movement needs your “odd-duck” approach! Go for it!

    Good luck!!!

    • Saul – Thank you for such a kind note. I can only hope my team will teach me well. I hope you will communicate with us and help us, there is not a chance we will be able to do this out of Washington D.C. alone. Thank you again!

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  12. As a young republican in New Media I was ecstatic to hear you got the position Todd. Very excited for you and the RNC.

    • Alex – I am thrilled to see your message. We really need young people, especially those form whom social media is a way of life, to teach us old-folk and add to the culture of the party. That is, in fact, an open invitation to get in touch, stay in touch and share what you know. Thanks again for writing.

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  15. Congratulations on your new position. It is time for the RNC to organize its community online.

    • Brent – Thank you, Sir. It is indeed time that we do that. If you have specific ideas and/or are willing to help, I would like to be of service. Thank you for taking the time to write.

  16. [...] the Republican National Committee as its director of new media. From a post on his personal blog, Got Liberty?: First, I am a father and husband. It’s why I decided to accept my current professional role as [...]

  17. You are a fake. You are not a principled disciple of new media and “constitutional foundations” [sic]. You are a shameless self-promoter deluded by your own faux-grandeur. Just FYI.

    • Horacevee@gamil.com – Horace: truly, I think we all have those fears, don’t we? Are we truly capable people? Can we really rise to a task or are we self-deluded? I struggle with ego, Horace, we all do. It’s part of being human. It’s really an honor that you are willing to use an anonymous email account to share your feelings. Thank you.

  18. [...] Herman wrote about the new position on his blog here. [...]

  19. [...] writes about the new job in his blog.  I have a call into the tech executive to see what his plans entail and what this mean for [...]

  20. [...] writes about the new job in his blog.  I have a call into the tech executive to see what his plans entail and what this mean for [...]

  21. “That and the reality of the new-left: Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and President Obama’s professional political staff show alarming signs of being hard-core authoritarian elitists convinced of their own might, wisdom and infallibility and their Neitzchian belief that if I only gave my daughter over to The State she’d be better for it”

    I am curious as to what the factual support is for this statement. Many agree with the sentiment, but, why?

    • Dear Anonymous- Please write me in non-anonymous form and I will answer in detail for me, Todd, a private citizen as only Chairman Steele speaks for the RNC. That way, we can have a discussion about it. Thanks!

  22. Good Luck Todd!

    Please do not forget about reaching out to urban areas and minorities. The use of micro-targeting ads and social networking can be great tools at by passing the usual channels that define our party and get a message straight to the people.

    http://blackrepublicans.ning.com/

    • Janeth – Thank you for your comments. It seems you are digital media saavy as well as kind. We will look at micro-targeting any many other techniques for reaching out.

      Question for you: what are the three most important things you think we need to convey to minorities and, those Americans in urban areas?

      Be well!

  23. Hi Todd,

    Congrats on the new position. I just fact-checked a story we wrote on the RNC Tech Summit for the upcoming May/June issue and I was wondering if you could supply an email so we could send it along in PDF form. I see that you like our “fearless style” even if we disagree about other things so I thought I’d pass this on. All the best.

    • Sam- As I said in an email to you, while I disagree with most of the conclusions of your publication I do admire the fact that Mother Jones is unabashedly itself herself. :> Please keep in touch.

  24. In my experience, real straight men don’t continually brag about being married and a father. Then I saw your picture and read more of your musings and concluded:
    You are a gay!
    A self hating closet case type.

    • Julieshot – Thank you for demonstrating the tolerance, acceptance and wisdom of the left. You are a Queen among comment trolls.

  25. It’s funny how you write that “Mail will not be published”, but if you don’t like the comment, then you do publish it.
    A liar you also are.

  26. Todd, Wishing you the best. The RNC needs a experienced New Media expert and to connect with all the “right minded” bloggers, and Web 2.0+ activisits.
    Dr. Bill (Ozark Guru)

  27. Todd –

    Congrats on the new position! It was exciting to hear (via TechCrunch) that someone with new media savvy has finally joined the RNC…this is long overdue.

    Good luck in your efforts, and let me know if there is anything I/we can do to help. As someone who currently works in media, I recognize that you face an uphill battle.

    But I am optimistic in the power of social media to communicate the value of the Republican message, particularly video. Video is incredibly viral and can make a tremendous impact. Look at Swiftboat. For a while, the McCain campaign utilized video very well. Poll numbers moved in their favor during the YouTube video push over the Summer.

    Is there a way to hire a team of viral video producers? Scour the web and talk shows for 1) Democratic contradictions/inconsistencies 2) Republican triumphs and 3) Republican media bias. Nothing longer than 2 minutes…plenty of text to improve SEO value. A new video a day could make a huge difference.

    • Rob-

      Thank you, sir. It’s already a wild-ride: we have so much work to do.

      Your idea about video is a great one. Working in media as you do, would you ever consider getting involved as a team leader in an effort like thar? In addition to finding vidoes, it would be great if our supporters made their own, as Chairman Steele has asked.

      I hope you will forgive my pate reply. It is, as you can guess, a very musy time.

      • Absolutely. I recognize this is a critical moment in the Republican party, and want to contribute.

        I’ll send you an email to discuss next steps.

  28. Todd –

    I do not have your email. Feel free to send me an email to discuss how I can get involved.

    (Apologies in advance for cluttering the message board.)

    – Rob

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