Skip to comments.Are Ron Paul Supporters Real?
Posted on 11/07/2007 5:54:10 AM PST by theothercheek
Second-tier presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) pulled off a first-rate fundraising coup, netting $4.3 million in online contributions from 38,000 donors in a single day, bringing his total haul to $7.3 million in 4Q 2007. No other Republican comes close to Pauls 24-hour feat, but Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has him beat at $6.2 million.
Paul supporters flashed their cash in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the would-be assassin of Englands King James I on Nov. 5, 1605. Guy Fawkes was also the inspiration the novel-turned-movie "V for Vendetta," in which the lead character takes on a fascist government in England. In several GOP presidential debates, the libertarian Paul has all-but called George W. Bush a fascist taking issue with the Administrations policies on domestic spying, for instance.
So does this mean Paul has a shot at the nomination? In a word: Nah. The Stiletto agrees with WaPo political blogger Chris Cillizzas: take:
Paul was widely seen as a political gadlfy when he entered the race, but through skill, luck or a little of both he has built himself into an Internet phenomenon.
It's not yet clear that Paul's online national community can deliver actual votes for him. While Paul is at the center of a national movement, it won't help him in Iowa or New Hampshire if thousands of people from California or Illinois are backing him.
There has always been a pot of money that exists for unconventional candidates who believe the system is fundamentally broken and are only tangentially affiliated with a party.
[H]is money and his message make him a actor in New Hampshire ... he remains a decided longshot ... the excitement and attention he is drawing would seem to be a perfect lead up to a third party candidacy if and when he loses the Republican nomination.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Jonathan Bydlak, the Paul campaigns fundraising director posted a message on the candidate's Web site that the ka-ching means just one thing: Ron Paul is for real." Maybe. But it appears his supporters are real (second item).
Note: The Stiletto writes about politics and other stuff at The Stiletto Blog.
The flag that raised my suspicions is he raised over 4.5 million in one night. Only the beast has been able to do that!
Hillary could do that in several hours with all the chinese dishwashers and busboys donating the maximum allowed donations, 2,300.00.
Ron Pauls average donor of the 35K plus was about 103.00. Lots of regular americans giving what they could. Mitt could do that in moments by writing himself a check. All Rudy has to do is make one call to Qatar and get that from his friends in the government. Too bad Duncan Hunter is not getting the money he needs.
Just finished the article. Thanks.
On foreign policy, compared to Ron Paul, Hillary almost looks sane.
During the last cycle, when "everyone knew" that Dean was going to be the nominee, all of the liberals I talked to said the same thing, "I know Dean is going to be nominee but Im voting for Kerry." The only D supporting signs that I had seen around here were for Kerry. Despite what the media was telling us, I just couldnt see the D nominee being anyone but Kerry.
I have not checked the veracity of this but am told that at this point in the process, Kerry was at about 4% in the polls.
Could it be that the availability of information created by the internet is causing there to be a growing trend amongst voters to knowingly and actively reject the candidates pre-annointed by the National Committees?
Im hoping so...
When Dean was rejected, and it was obvious that the reason was not "the scream" despite what this forum and right-wing radio believed, I wondered if the Dean loss was engineered by the DNC by building the Dick Morris roach spray strategy into the process or whether the DNC was simply ignoring the will of the electorate like the RNC does.
Read post #10 and try and get a clue.
For some people, the only thing they know about Guy Fawkes is what they saw in the movie "V".
Hmm, then Kucinich should be rolling in support and cash now too, right?
Why would anti-war leftists support Ron Paul over their own homegrown Kucinich?
“The most realistic thing Paul has a shot at is shoring up the election for Hillary.”
And that, my friend, is EXACTLY the point...
If Paul is polling in barely readable numbers among likely voting Republicans, WHERE is his money coming from?
His money is coming from THE LEFT, desperate to make Republicans look bad, and most definately from STORMFRONT...
“Why would anti-war leftists support Ron Paul over their own homegrown Kucinich?”
To split off some Republicans and Libertarians from voting for a Republican candidate.
And Denny is getting enough money to support his chosen scammer’s lifestyle!
He'd probably hurt Hillary as much or more than he'd hurt the Republican candidate.
I think you meant V For Vendetta. I'm pretty sure Guy Fawkes wasn't a extraterrestrial lizard :D
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LOL. I'd forgotten completely about the Lizard movie.
When Dean was rejected, and it was obvious that the reason was not "the scream" despite what this forum and right-wing radio believed, I wondered if the Dean loss was engineered by the DNC by building the Dick Morris roach spray strategy into the process or whether the DNC was simply ignoring the will of the electorate like the RNC does.In Washington State, the "R"s allocate half of their delegates based upon the results of the primary election. The "D"s don't use the primary results at all.
I know I’m in Texas, and Austin at that, but I see more Ron Paul yard signs and bumper stickers than those for any other candidate, by far. I’d almost go so far as to say I see as many for Dr. Paul as for all others combined - Republican and Democrat.
Tell me why the same liberal idiots who have been demanding “Chimpeachment” for years are claiming they have sent money to Paul?
Do you deny that STORMFRONT is supporting Paul in a big way? You can’t bury that...
The “Revolution” is being used to elect HILLARY, and to take our eye off the ball, nothing else...
Maybe I’m paranoid, but the RNC and the DNC do seem to decide on candidates for us. I remember Forbes making a lot of headway in Iowa with his kill the IRS speeches and Dole was dropping in support. The RNC did push polling about Forbes pro-abortion stance (which was totally untrue). It was Dole’s TURN... No one wanted the wounded Clinton out of office. He was too good a target to get rid of.
I don’t put ANYTHING past them in trying to derail the RON PAUL express!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .. He is the only conservative running.
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