Skip to comments.Foot soldiers for the Ron Paul revolution (LAT)
Posted on 12/01/2007 2:42:14 PM PST by traviskicks
The freewheeling tactics of his supporters have made the GOP candidate an Internet sensation and an unlikely phenomenon.
The late-fall night fairly crackled with energy -- from a persistent Santa Ana wind, the high-tension power lines overhead and, especially, from the crowd packed inside the living room of a ranch house at the west end of the San Gabriel Valley.
Eighty people sat elbow to elbow on tight rows of folding chairs, chattering with enthusiasm and ideas. They would produce wall calendars and a concert. They would reenact the Boston Tea Party on the Santa Monica Pier. They would write to every independent voter in Iowa.
The foot soldiers of the Ron Paul Revolution, Pasadena Division, were only getting started.
Founded nine months ago by one of the first followers of the Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate, the Pasadena "meetup" spawned more than 1,200 similar groups that claim nearly 77,000 members nationwide.
These fervent supporters and their freewheeling tactics have helped turn Paul into, first, an Internet sensation and, now, this political season's most unlikely phenomenon.
A 45-year-old artist and adventurer is bicycling from Santa Monica to the Jefferson Memorial in Washington to raise awareness about Paul. A Nevada brothel owner recently promised to take up a collection from her customers. One Colorado backer quickly raised more than $350,000 online this week, with a plan to launch a Ron Paul blimp.
"It's bigger than one. It's bigger than a group," Juliet Annerino, a Silver Lake fitness trainer and singer, said at the recent gathering of the Pasadena group. "We are making history right now. Right here."
Paulites tend to be tech-savvy, tired of traditional politics and suspicious of their government and the mainstream media.
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Paul volunteers take pride in making their own rules. "Authority," said one young man at the start of the Pasadena meetup, "will never be true."
Paulites also don't hesitate to criticize the candidate's small professional campaign staff, as evidenced last week when many followers flamed fundraising director Jonathan Bydlak. The protesters, calling Bydlak an "idiot," among other things, said his demand for immediate contributions would steal attention from the Tea Party event.
LOL! Hey Ron Paul campaign staff, "OUT OF OUR WAY!" :)
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I think Howard Dean was once an unlikely phenomenon and an internet sensation. I think Howard may also have been a bit of a media creation, and at leat Ron Paul can't make the same claim.
Otherwise, I suspect Paul will make it about as far as Dean did.
You know. If Ron Paul did get the Republican nomination, I would probably have to vote for Hillary, just to keep RP from doing the cut and run in Iraq, and REALLY SCREWING THE USA GOOD.
Imagine Ron Paul's supporters at every major port tossing whole crates of tea into the water. That'd wake up a few more folks to the reality
..the Paul chapters are "completely decentralized," according to Kerri Price, a Paul spokeswoman.
Well that just doesn't work for Republican 'faithful'. They have to have their candidate to tell them what to do. Isn't that how it's supposed to work? Until Dr. Paul's campaign unfortunately that's what it had become..
I wonder what percent of Ron Paul supporters would be willing to support the eventual GOP nominees. If the answer is significant then the GOP really ought to try to keep them because they have and energy and a creativity that is usually missing.
Don’t be silly. If it came down to Run paul and Hillary, here’s a list of my course of action, based on what I’d most likely do:
1. Not vote
3. Vote for Paul
4. Gouge my eyes out
5. Vote Hillary
Sure, Paul’s idea of defense may be “one nuclear submarine will do,” and he may have nutty ideas, but if I had to choose between Hillary and him, you bet your butt I’d take Paul.
God willing we will never have to make that choice, but voting for Hillary over anyone or anything is just insane.
They would either write him in, or vote hillary to teach the GOP a “lesson.”
Most of them have never backed republicans, and I don’t believe they’d start now just because ron paul has an R next to his name.
His rant against the Iraq war and then the Vietnam war during the debates sealed his image as a nonmilitary, non-tactician twit and got well-deserved boos from the audience.
Worst of all, he tries to pass himself off as a conservative. Conservatives fight for their country - or at least keep their mouths closed about other people's sacrifices.
Yeah, i know it’s REALLY CRAZY, (and won’t happen thank GOD), but I just could not watch this guy destroy what we’ve accomplished, in the exact same way the damn liberals wanted to do it.
oops, skipped the number 2 there...
What a choice
The Shrill Hill or the Hill Shill
Ron Paul is Ross Perot II = a Dem Secret weapon
Shrimp boats is a-comin
I apologize to the song writer.
“Imagine Ron Paul’s supporters...” = ‘Whirled Peas’
Question for you.
Yesterday I looked to find Fulton Huxtable’s Fatal Blindness book and website.
They appear to have been removed.
Any insight as to why and where can i find them?
Sorry I’m not familiar with it. Maybe someone else here knows about it?