Here's a blog item from the Orange County Register's opinion blog, Orange Punch, which I think I'll just reproduce in toto:
"Ron Paul finally getting some media attention
August 31st, 2007 ·
From Steven Greenhut:
Republicans wish GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, a U.S. representative from Texas who epitomizes the small-l libertarian philosophy similar to the one you read on the Register’s editorial pages, would go away. His principled limited-government stances (compared to Republicans’ solely rhetorical belief in limited government as they ratchet up the size of the welfare and security state) and opposition to this horrific and deceitful war embarrass them. The media has ignored Paul because he is not viewed as a “credible” candidate.
He is a longshot, but his campaign brings ideas into the mix, and he has attracted a boisterous following, especially online. National media outlets finally are noticing. Here is a CNN article, which includes this summary:
“Passengers on a plane leaving New York could see three words in 4-foot block letters painted on an East Village rooftop terrace as they ascended: GOOGLE RON PAUL.
“The entreaty to search the Internet for news of the Republican congressman from rural Texas is one of the more visible signs of enthusiasm from a do-it-yourself base of Web fans. Their support doesn’t show up in public opinion polls, but it’s unmatched among presidential candidates in its passion.”
And this is from the Wall Street Journal today:
“The iconoclastic ‘Dr. Paul’ is a libertarian advocate of minimalist government, a foe of the Federal Reserve and anything else not explicitly allowed by the Constitution, and perhaps the most antiwar candidate in the race. Thanks to the unprecedented number of early debates, he has been able to share the stage with his better-funded Republican establishment rivals.”
In an election that is dominated by statist politicians from both sides — including the noxious Giuliani and the hideous Hillary — it’s great to see a grassroots revolution take place."
And here is the link to the CNN article, which didn't make it through the copying process.