An interesting take on Ron Paul from Blogflict:
If you just came home from a trip to the moon and didn’t know
anything about the 2008 Presidential race, a quick online search of
polls, websites and blog would tell you who the overwhelming front
runner is to be the next President of the United States.
Not only does he have the largest support base online, he also set the record for online fundraising, raising $6 million in just 24 hours.
With a vast network of grassroots supporters and a proven fund raising
record, it sounds pretty clear that this person is a top tier
presidential candidate. In fact according to one report, he raised the most money of any Republican presidential candidate in the last 3 months of 2007.
Is this the vaunted Hillary Clinton
machine we read so much about in 2007? No. Is it the savvy campaign
skills and business smarts that made this person Mitt Romney? Nope. How
about that young guy out of Illinois who talks about change all the time? Negative.
In fact, it is Ron Paul, a Republican Congressman from Lake Jackson, Texas that has set the Internet ablaze.
If you don’t go online much and get most of your news from TV, radio
and newspaper, on the night of the Iowa Caucuses you might have been
surprised to see Ron Paul finishing ahead of such noted candidates as
Rudy Giuliani. But to those plugged in online, it wasn’t a surprise at all. It was something months in the making.
Following his surprising finish in Iowa, Lew Moore, Paul’s campaign manger told supporters in a message posted on their campaign website: “This campaign is just beginning, and we are starting off better than anyone in the ‘mainstream’ media imagined.
This passionate group of online supporters now have a fight on their
hands and the target is Fox News. An online protest is growing over
Paul’s exclusion from a Fox News debate on Sunday, even though other
Republicans receiving fewer votes in Iowa (Fred Thompson and Giuliani)
were invited. His supporters are not taking it sitting down.
They responded by flooding a Fox News Web page on the debate with over 580 comments and creating a “Protest Fox” Web site. This site says: “We
need to send a message to Fox’s Rupert Murdoch & his fellow Neocon
buddies that he is not Musharraf and the US is not Pakistan, yet! Fox
News cannot just stifle public opinion. debate and impact a primary
election by excluding Ron Paul just because they don’t like his message
of freedom and liberty.”
A blog at the Los Angeles Times site declared: Ron Paul Beats Giuliani but Loses to Fox News.
The Manchester Union Leader, one of the most important and respected newspapers in New Hampshire ran a rare front-page editorial against the Fox News decision to exclude Paul and Duncan Hunter (who did about as bad as possible in Iowa).
Before the Internet came of age, the Ron Paul candidacy would be dead in the water. But now, thanks to youtube, an army of bloggers, social networks, and meetups,
Paul’s supporters have created their own online community, rooted in
their ardent support of their candidate. There is a feeling among Paul
supporters that the mainstream media is not only rooting against Paul,
but also conspiring to stop his candidacy.
Now with Fox News they have a direct confrontation with the
mainstream media elite that they have wanted for so long. If they are
successful in getting Paul back into the debate it will further
validate the Internet’s new power in shaping politics. Blogflict
recently discussed the possibility that 2008 could be the year the
Internet does what TV did in 1960 - change the outcome of an election. Could Ron Paul be that candidate? His supporters think so. What do you think?