Tuesday, June 19, 2007

MSM notices Ron Paul's Web presence

It's still got a bit of a look-at-the-freak-show quality, but this Washington Post story represents a bit of an acknowledgment that something is going on with Ron Paul that's worth paying attention to. It notes that on Technorati, "the most frequently searched item this week was YouTube. Then comes Ron Paul." Ahead of "Sopranos," "Paris Hilton" and iPhone. Ron Paul is more popular on Facebook than John McCain. He has more friends on MySpace than Mitt Romney "His MeetUp groups, with 11,924 members in 279 cities, are the biggest in the Republican field." His YouTube videos "have been viewed more than 1.1 million times -- more than those of any other candidate, Republican or Democrat, except Sen. Barack Obama."

The main reason, of course, is his opposition to the war. Coming from a man whose other positions, on government spending, regulation, size of government, etc., are to "the right of the right," it makes for an attractive position. One Carnegie-Mellon student, who has actually donated $50 to Paul, says, "I'm not supporting him because I think he could get the nomination. I'm supporting him because I think he can influence the national conversation about what the role of government is, how much power should government have over our lives, how much liberty we should give up for security."

Not bad reasons.

I friend of mine last week suggested that if both parties nominate a candidate early, significant bumbers of people get "buyers' remorse" and a movement grows gfor an independent or bipartisan alternative, the candidates ought to be Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, who would give voters an antiwar alternative, rather than someone like Michael Bloomberg. An intriguing notion.


Anonymous said...

I got to your blog via google trends. You're dead on on Ron Paul. Even if he does not get nominated he sure gets people to wake up and reflect on what kind of a future current US policy is leading to. He animates people to decide wether they are going to be part of the problem or part of the solution. That alone is priceless.

Have a nice day!
Arien from Germany

Randall said...

Why does Ron Paul want to repeal the Federal Reserve Act and abolish the Federal Reserve system?

Watching this film is like taking a College level course in World Economics and American Civics!

The Money Masters
The Money Masters


diquea said...

I agree very much with the Carnegie-Mellon student. I don't really hold much illusion that Dr. Paul could actually become the Republican Nominated candidate. But his message is reaching out there and finding it's target.

He even has a couple of friends in the media. Particularly in Tucker Carlson. I really wish that Paul were quite a bit younger, because I think that after the population realizes that the Democrats are neo-cons too, they will be even more willing for someone like Ron Paul.

What we need is more Libertarians, or at the very least, more Small-Govt. Republicans in the Liberty Caucus.

mlbsj said...

re:diquea comment about Ron's age
Not too ridicule your concern about his age but to give you a "heads up", don't underestimate us oldsters. Ron doesn't appear to have lost any steps at 71, his ideology is still fresh and vibrant. I'm 62 and for the life of me I can't see how any other one of my age can't see how far away from freedom we've come. That 82 years young lady on YouTube talking about Ron was a refreshing bit if you haven't seen it.
Mike in Colorado

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