Getting Republican Party Attention
My suggestion was to promote primary challenges for the upcoming election season. After all, they won't take withholding party or incumbent campaign contributions as seriously. Neither will they take too seriously a threat to cut your own throat by not going to vote. Both are all or nothing approaches and the nothing approach -- sitting things out -- has a fairly low retention rate as election day approaches, especially when the alternative is the other party's candidate.
But promoting primary challenges changes the game board. That is a threat to those who think you are an irrelevance or mere nuisance. And there is greater chance of success in getting attention particularly if the challenger wins.
Those who think that current incumbents are not measuring up can direct their monies and votes to the challengers. They stay involved and use your vote in a constuctive way, particularly in getting their point across.
Usually, this doesn't doesn't work too well as a commonplace approach across the board. Usually, it needs a groundswell of resentment on a very major issue. I don't know that the Miers nomination -- the reason prompting Prof. Bainbridge's lament -- is one. But that does not mean it can't be grouped with some other issues that attract adherents. One issue that could be twinned to it is the utter lack of Republican responsiveness to the PorkBusters Campaign. And both are core conservative issues the goal of which is smaller government.
As for the subject of being more than a mere nuisance in the more practical sense, one requirement is to be noticed and popularly read. In this vein, I can't say praise Edward Morrissey's column in the Washington Post (though I know that it will go into the deadtree version.) for shining light on so many conservative blogs and the debates that go on there. That's always good. It almost seems stealthy for it to be in the Washington Post.