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June 27, 2007

Wired on the Ron Paul phenomenon

Wired looks at the online presence of the Ron Paul presidential campaign:

When Texas Congressman Ron Paul entered the race for next year's Republican presidential nomination, few political analysts paid much notice.

Paul has no backing from political bigwigs or any campaign war chest to speak of. As the Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 1988 he won less than one-half of 1 percent of the national vote.

Yet despite his status among the longest of the long shots, the 71-year-old has become one of the internet's most omnipresent — and some say most irritating — subjects.

According to Technorati, "Ron Paul" is one of the web's most searched-for terms. News about Paul has an outsize presence on Digg and reddit, two sites that allow users to highlight their preferred content. Paul's YouTube channel has been viewed over one million times, dwarfing efforts from competitors like John McCain and Rudy Giuliani. The Ron Paul internet boom has born everything from Belgians for Ron Paul to a reggae music video promoting Paul's views on monetary policy and habeas corpus.

Who else do anti-war Republicans have to support? Who else do small-government Republicans have to support? Those two views alone would make Paul a factor.

Posted by Nicholas at June 27, 2007 10:37 AM
Thank you for the Wired link. That was interesting to read. Posted by: Nathan Pannbacker at June 27, 2007 11:21 AM
My pleasure. While I'd like to see Ron Paul do well, it's in some ways more interesting seeing how he's appealing or not appealing to the so-called Republican "base". I think George Bush has been a pretty bad president, but I honestly don't think that the situation would have been better if Al Gore had won in 2000, or Kerry in 2004. The Republicans put up a candidate who could win, not someone who'd be good at the job he won. Posted by: Nicholas at June 27, 2007 11:32 AM
Rudy Giuliani or Vampire Ghouliani? Posted by: alec at June 27, 2007 11:59 AM

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