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Posted: 12.20.2002
Brother can you spare a grand?
Well folks, if you've ever doubted the differences in a largely liberal/moderate audience vs. a largely conservative one -- Andrew Sullivan held a tip jar fundraiser this month -- and in one week his drive raised $79,020. (3,339 individuals made donations, making it an average of $23.67 per donation.) By contrast -- our drive, which was ultimately for charity, raised a mere $1610.00 in 10 days. Hell who wants to take the high road and do the right thing with all that cold, hard cash when you can pull in more than both of our annual incomes combined in the span of a week? Oh yeah, that would be me. Damn morals -- always having to give something back (beyond just hot air) if I take it. Although I wouldn't really mind having an intern-boy around here every day. I'll have to ponder this s'more... (Link via Michele. If you've got to donate to something, for the love of all that's holy buy Michele some tequila - or webgrrlie a new alternator -- you know, something useful.)

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

Talk about your karma -- right as I post this I get an e-mail from Todd saying he won a $50 gift certificate to a local grocery store Publix! ;-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 12.20.02 at 04:56 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Shhh...don't tell anyone. I'm hoping to buy me an intern-boy.

¤ ¤ credit: Operation Santa Claus | 12.20.02 at 05:00 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

my-freakin-goodness....Well, that's enlightening. I guess I should start cozying up to conservative bloggers; then I could afford my wheelchair boy I've been wanting ;)

¤ ¤ credit: kristine | 12.20.02 at 05:03 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Hmmmmm...does the fact that I consider myself a "Reagan Conservative" make me a member of the minority here?

¤ ¤ credit: a different Bill | 12.20.02 at 05:33 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

well yeah, conservatives are richer, because they're always ripping people off. and getting their buddies to cover for them.

i wanna be an intern boy. where do i send my resume?

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 12.20.02 at 05:40 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm confused as to why you are comparing the two! I totally think your drive was more worthy of a donation, don't get me wrong, but it started off as donations to get Statia down to see you... and people read Sullivan's site daily and religiously to get information, most people are willing to pay for good political commentary that *isn't* filtered by a media company that perhaps has vested interests in politics. Your blog is about your life, mostly, which is very fun to read, but it's not necessary news that will change my life (well, maybe, but I'm generalizing ;)). Also, I haven't checked in a while, but wasn't your average donation size larger? I thought what you did with the money from your drive was very admirable, but I personally didn't donate because I'd rather donate directly to the breast cancer research fund myself. For Sullivan's drive, there is no alternative! If you think of it that way, I'm sure yours might have even surpassed his.

¤ ¤ credit: Katie | 12.20.02 at 06:02 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

What I meant to say (sorry) was that I don't think the political affiliations of the audience has anything to do with it, it's more the reasons that draw the audience to the site.

¤ ¤ credit: Katie | 12.20.02 at 06:04 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Katie -- tongue in cheek. Humor. Irony. Look 'em up. Get back to me. ;-)

(In other words, how many times do I put smiley emoticons in my entries?)

And Mikey actually got my point. His audience is a bunch of rich Republicans. Mine...mostly the tax payers that float them. *g*

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 12.20.02 at 06:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

i swear it isn't liberal vs conservative in your case, it's just number of readers. and i have absolutely no empirical evidence to back that up, thankyouverymuch.

for the record, i don't read insta (and he even linked me once) because there's no heart there. just links. (no offense intended, mr sullivan, sir)

¤ ¤ credit: tanya | 12.20.02 at 07:56 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Why do people always say "rich Republicans"? I vote Republican most of the time and I'm far from rich (far, far, far from rich). And Clinton had more millionaires in his cabinet than any president before him--so there are obviously a lot of rich Democrats out there. This is part of the problem with labeling people. The labels are hardly ever accurate. With tongue firmly planted in my cheek, I, a Libertarian, ask: "Why can't we all just get along?" :-) (And to those I won't offend with this wish...have a Merry Christmas!)

¤ ¤ credit: TJ | 12.20.02 at 08:12 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Mikey, when can you start?

¤ ¤ credit: michele | 12.20.02 at 10:02 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm a Republican and I'm fair from rich. I think the rich Republican is a sterotype and if I recall correctly, we don't want to sterotype, especially not here because we know that sterotyping is bad. :)

¤ ¤ credit: Sean | 12.21.02 at 01:14 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

People. Breathe.

Rich Republican readership base.

Not: All Republicans = rich.

There's a difference. Trust me. I design a lot of their blogs. Besides, we all know that Democrats aren't good at giving their money away. Can't we all just get along? ;-)

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 12.21.02 at 02:06 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Damn you, if you get a pool boy er cabana boy errr I mean intern boy, I'm moving in. I wan to be fanned and fed grapes all day too!!! :oP

¤ ¤ credit: statia | 12.21.02 at 10:51 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

Or buy my soaps! At least then you GET something in return and I might be able to cover the basic bills next week! (UGH. Ugh, ugh, ugh...)

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 12.21.02 at 07:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

The problem with buying soaps is that they always end up getting molested.

¤ ¤ credit: a different Bill | 12.21.02 at 08:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 12.21.02 at 08:14 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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