Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Manchester Debriefing

 

“No plan survives contact with reality” is usually meant as a warning but — every so often — things go wildly better than one has any right to expect. Such was the case at the pre-party meet-up for the NR/Ricochet event in Manchester last Saturday, where the tables we selected ended up being directly in the line of sight of MSNBC’s cameras. With a little maneuvering, we got my laptop into the ideal position:

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Good times were had by all, as we saw all the friends we’d never met in person, hung out with the GLoP Culture cast and crew, and rubbed shoulders with Ben Carson and a few other political celebrities. Many thanks to everyone who worked on and attended the main event, including Rob, Blue Yeti, Jack Fowler, Jim Geraghty, and Charles Cooke. Do check-out member kelsurprise’s post, which has a fuller account of the day and was the original source of the photobombing screenshot.

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  1. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Wonderful bit of conservative subversion, there, Tom. Thanks!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 4:38 AM PST
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  2. Titus Techera Contributor

    Congrats!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 4:56 AM PST
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  3. EDISONPARKS Member
    EDISONPARKS Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Guerrilla marketing for Ricochet!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 6:22 AM PST
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  4. RightAngles Member

    Hahaha! I hadn’t noticed the R in kel’s post.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 7:14 AM PST
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  5. kelsurprise, drama queen Member
    kelsurprise, drama queen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I emailed this link to the sister in KC who took the screen grab for me and congratulated her on catching the logo in the foreground. She didn’t realize she’d done such a capital PR job either.

    So she sent me another shot with more prominent product placement:

    Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.03.16 AM

    I think we should have a “meetup” version of the Ricochet logo, which includes the pint glass in the picture.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:13 AM PST
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  6. Mike H Coolidge

    Brilliant! Wish I could have been there. If only the website address were visible…

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:23 AM PST
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  7. Max Ledoux Admin

    kelsurprise:I emailed this link to the sister in KC who took the screen grab for me and congratulated her on catching the logo in the foreground. She didn’t realize she’d done such a capital PR job either.

    So she sent me another shot with more prominent product placement:

    Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.03.16 AM

    I think we should have a “meetup” version of the Ricochet logo, which includes the pint glass in the picture.

    Now I understand why the producer asked me to sit down at one point. The table looks much closer to the hosts on tv than it was in the restaurant.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 10:41 AM PST
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  8. kelsurprise, drama queen Member
    kelsurprise, drama queen Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Max Ledoux: The table looks much closer to the hosts on tv than it was in the restaurant.

    You’re right, now that I think about it. Felt like we were much farther behind them than that pic makes it appear.

    No wonder they got annoyed, then, when we all stood for our first false exit, then lingered around the table awhile, instead. It must have just been a solid wall of headless coats filling the screen, behind them.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 11:02 AM PST
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  9. The Gold Tooth (human scum) Inactive
    The Gold Tooth (human scum) Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Yes, a big thank you to the Ricochet and National Review folks who arranged the event and made it so memorable. Meeting old friends from previous meet-ups, making new ones, and generally having a stimulating time in the company of fellow R> and/or NR enthusiasts … it’s all good. See you at the next one.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 11:31 AM PST
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  10. Mark Wilson Member
    Mark Wilson Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    So now we have a good chance of capturing MSNBC’s conservative viewer!

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    • February 8, 2016, at 12:42 PM PST
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  11. bridget Inactive

    That was the perfect place for your laptop, Tom.

    …and it was good to meet everyone.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 2:00 PM PST
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  12. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Well played.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 2:01 PM PST
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  13. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra Fractus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Mark Wilson:So now we have a good chance of capturing MSNBC’s conservative viewer!

    Most of MSNBC’s audience consists of conservatives watching for schadenfreude and/or mockery purposes.

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    • February 8, 2016, at 8:00 PM PST
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