What is with Ron Paul? I mean have a look at the GOP straw poll, as well as several other internet polls, he's leading the charge. Although they are not scientific (even though today's scientific polls are increasingly facing obscurity due to the shrinking population of those using landline phones), Ron Paul is undeniably an internet sensation.
Just have a look at a few of these screenshots (click to enlarge):
From today's Technorati:
The current results of the GOP Straw Poll:
And three of the same Ron Paul clips are on Youtube's Politics & News top ten most viewed today:
Paul is also in Youtube's top ten of the most viewed this week in Politics & News, as well as having been barred from LGF's polls and Pajamas Media polls.
Is it an army of online Paul trolls, or just an army of online Paul supporters who don't believe in landline phones? With Libertarians it could just as easily be one or the other, or both.
Here's the second interview of Paul on Maher's show, going viral on Youtube:
For good or ill, I doubt Paul has a chance in hell of winning the presidency, let alone the nomination, but he's schooling the other candidates on how to take advantage of the internet, and they'd be wise to pay attention.
Maybe it's the nutroots who love Ron Paul because the Republicans hate him, thus the strong online support. I am just having a hard time believing it's a small group of internet savvy Paul supporters trolling the whole internet. I think it's an odd group, more unusual than this country has seen in recent history: quick to click, but slow to fork out a dollar.
I love Ron Paul on guns, on abortion, on smaller government, on taxes, but he is too isolationist for me. A clincher for me. Honestly he's right that we need to have a serious reworking of our foreign policy, but he's wrong about how much we're to blame for terrorism. Blowback happens, even in isolation. And frankly, I'd like to have a man in the ring rather than an empty corner.
Seriously, what was his plan for the Soviet Union? Were we just supposed to let them expand their empire and gain more control over the world's oil supply because 30 years down the road these Islamists will turn against us? Get real. If Ron Paul has got 30 years of good foresight, I'd vote for him, but I'd bet it is more like opportunistic 30-year retrospective quarterbacking.
At this point only two people across the aisle peak my interest, Fred Thompson and Bill Richardson.