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May 11, 2007

Andrew Sullivan On Ron Paul

by Doug Mataconis

Some interesting comments over at The Daily Dish:

The condescension to and mockery of the sole Republican candidate who seems to care about individual liberty has begun to tick me off. Chris Matthews can be heard groaning “Oh, God,” after Paul spoke of the “original intent” of the Founders with respect to the Constitution.

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I’m glad Paul’s supporters are fighting back on the web. He deserves more respect than he has gotten thus far, not least because compared to the pandering of his competitors, Paul actually seems to believe what he says. And what he says has more to do with conservatism than the crap the rest of them are peddling.

What’s interesting is that the rest of the GOP field is basically ignoring Paul. Right now, that seems to be a reasonable strategy given that I haven’t seen him pass 3% in any scientific poll conducted to date. If something clicks, though, and he starts polling in the double digits things could get interesting.

What is more interesting about Sullivan’s quote, though, is that it points out the extent to which the ideas of the Founding Fathers have become irrelevant to most of the Republican leadership. They may use the names of Washington and Jefferson in their speeches, but they don’t really believe in any of the ideas that either of those men or their contemporaries fought for.

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  1. EXCLUSIVE: Ron Paul Website Traffic Passes Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and John Edwards – Alexa.com graphs
    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/exclusive-ron-paul-website-traffic.html

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 11, 2007 @ 10:56 am
  2. Here’s something to ponder; what if Ron Paul became the VP half of the GOP ticket to offset whoever places first in the RINO poll. That would become an interesting mix.

    Comment by T F Stern — May 11, 2007 @ 11:25 am
  3. T F Stern,

    what if Ron Paul became the VP half of the GOP ticket to offset whoever places first in the RINO poll.

    It would never happen. Ron Paul has already publicly said he would never endorse any of the top three RINOs. What’s more likely is that he’ll run for reelection to the House or he’ll continue his presidential campaign as a third party candidate.

    Comment by Kevin — May 11, 2007 @ 11:41 am
  4. thanks to the lyndon johnson law in texas, ron paul is able to run for reelection to the house and president at the same time, which he is in fact doing. expect ron to stick it out in the presidential primarys to the end regardless of how he’s placing. this is the last hurrah, america either supports ron paul or there is no hope for the future of the country. there will never be another chance for ron or anyone else who supports liberty.

    Comment by bob armstrong — May 11, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
  5. Updated: Ron Paul explodes in popularity across Google, Technorati, YouTube, Website traffic (surpassing Hillary, Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Edwards) and more. Includes also controversy with ABC and mainstream media status.
    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/ron-paul-explodes-across-top-internet.html

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 11, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
  6. More grassroots Ron Paul campaigning.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGc3-rq2D34

    his message is spreading like a california wildfire.

    Comment by concerned — May 11, 2007 @ 1:29 pm
  7. Guys – I wrote to Andrew less than an hour before he posted this. Although I know that “”my” email couldn’t possibly be the only one he has gotten about Ron Paul, I think that anything we do helps. I have written several nationally known bloggers (and shows, e.g. Daily Show).

    Any letter I write

    * is fairly short (and to the point).
    * is usually complimentary and NEVER uncivil.
    * never uses bad language
    * specifically cites previous posts made by that blogger, to show the relevance of what I am saying to his/her chosen topics.
    * usually includes my standard disclaimer (currently still true) that I am a long-time admirer of Dr. Paul but NOT on any campaign staff.

    Basically I am conducting an informal campaign of raising awareness at the blogs that I read frequently.

    Comment by Tom Gellhaus — May 11, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
  8. PS – just as an example, when I wrote to Andrew this morning, the “previous posts” I cited in my letter were ones where Andrew expressed dissatisfaction with Mitt R., and with Rudy G. I cited them, saying that perhaps he should give more serious attention to Ron Paul. I mentioned having written him twice before about Dr. Paul.

    It was very weird to see that post and video so soon after my email went out, let me tell you.
    But it is definitely ENCOURAGING, at the same time.

    Comment by Tom Gellhaus — May 11, 2007 @ 2:43 pm
  9. Ron Paul is not getting a fair shake on any of networks or mainstream GOP circles. This frankly pisses me off. He’s just not getting the respect he deserves; he keeps getting called the GOP’s Mike Gravel (aka crazy nutjob). I may not agree with everything Ron Paul says, but IMO he’s much more of a legitimate candidate than say Sam Brownback or Tom Tancredo.

    Comment by Adam — May 11, 2007 @ 10:30 pm
  10. This Sunday on the morning news talk shows guess what three Republican candidates will be interviewed and guess which Republican candidate will not appear on any of the talk shows.
    Here is the story.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0507/3955.html

    If the media is going to blackout the clear winner of the first Republican debate, Ron Paul, then I say two can play that game.

    I will blackout the media Sunday morning to show my protest about Ron Paul media blackout, and will write to these major networks talk shows and demand Ron Paul be on those shows.

    Comment by Davy C Rockett — May 11, 2007 @ 10:59 pm
  11. It’s sad that it’s novel for a candidate to understand and appreciate the Constitution. Let us be ridden of the Bush/Clinton dynasty.

    Comment by Albert Schwitzer — May 12, 2007 @ 3:16 am
  12. Adam:

    Ron Paul not getting a fair shake on any of the networks is his greatest weapon. Tht’s why supporters like you are so pissed off and get so active – and that’s the only way all of us could have ever found out how many of us there really are.

    God works in stange ways. As of now, this country still has a chance because of all this – and that’s more than I had inititally hoped for,so let’s see the bright side of the matter and keep “kicking ass” for Liberty.

    Alex

    Comment by Alex Wallenwein — May 12, 2007 @ 3:28 am
  13. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    May 8, 2007

    ARLINGTON, VA – Congressman Ron Paul’s support has soared since the first Republican presidential debate. Conservative commentator John McLaughlin, host of “The McLaughlin Group,” cited Ron Paul as having given “the best performance of the debate.” In fact, the Paul campaign’s apparent strength has many other pundits scrambling to explain it. Paul campaign officials offer the following examples of the candidate’s rising success.

    Since the debate on May 3, Ron Paul:

    1. Handily won two post-debate polls posted by event sponsor MSNBC.

    2. Placed a close third (18%) in a post-debate poll on the conservative Drudge Report.

    3. Won an ABCNews.com online debate poll with 84%.

    4. Won a C-SPAN online GOP candidate poll with 69%.

    5. Became the third most-mentioned person in the blogosphere, beating out Paris Hilton, according to the reputable Technorati.com.

    6. Produced a YouTube.com video that was ranked the 8th most popular overall video, and the most-viewed political video.

    7. Was featured, by popular demand, on the front of Digg.com.

    8. Generated so many bulletin posts on MySpace.com that the site owner News Corp. blocked all additional posts about Dr. Paul.

    9. Became a “most searched” term on Google and Yahoo!.

    10. Saw a quadrupling of daily visitors to RonPaul2008.com.

    “These figures speak for themselves,” said campaign chairman Kent Snyder. “Ron Paul has quickly become a strong contender for the GOP nomination because of his powerful message of freedom and limited government.”

    http://www.ronpaul2008.com

    and

    Highest Positive, Lowest Negative
    In the MSNBC.com rating window of 72,419 votes at 8:10 PM EDT, Friday, May 4, Ron Paul not only had the highest positive rating:

    32% Paul
    30% Romney
    26% Giuliani
    21% McCain
    14% Huckabee
    9% Brownback
    9% Tancredo
    8% Hunter
    8% Thompson
    6% Gilmore

    …but he also had the lowest negative rating:

    29% Paul
    35% Romney
    37% Huckabee
    40% Giuliani
    42% McCain
    43% Gilmore
    43% Hunter
    45% Thompson
    45% Tancredo
    46% Brownback

    Comment by mickey — May 12, 2007 @ 7:36 am
  14. Exclusive: Ron Paul Now Passes Barack Obama in Web Traffic
    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/exclusive-ron-paul-now-passes-barack.html

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 12, 2007 @ 10:43 am
  15. I’d love to see Ron Paul get more coverage. No other politician on any stage is as inspiring as him, and we are still over a year away from the presidential elections.

    Unfortuntely as an Australian, I can’t even vote for him. But I can keep a keen eye on the contenders. Barack Obama seems to be the media darling at the moment, and Border’s bookstore now has copies of his book displayed everywhere. Maybe Barack is charismatic, but I don’t know why Andrew Sullivan is so infatuated with a Democratic candidate who is anything but a conservative.

    Comment by Jono — May 13, 2007 @ 8:49 pm
  16. If you really want to see how all this works, watch this video………The only way we can get Ron Paul elected will be thru People Power………no other way!!!!!

    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-7344181953466797353

    Comment by RonPaulPeoplePower — May 13, 2007 @ 9:04 pm
  17. Obama retakes web traffic lead from Ron Paul
    Paul still leads Clinton, Edwards, Romney, Giuliani and McCain – Mainstream media fails to report
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Obama_retakes_web_traffic_lead_from_Ron_Paul/blog

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 14, 2007 @ 10:41 am
  18. See also:
    Ron Paul falls from #1 on Technorati
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_falls_from_1_on_Technorati/blog

    Thank you.

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 14, 2007 @ 3:55 pm
  19. And finally!
    See Also:
    Blog This: Ron Paul Explodes Across Google, Campaign Site, YouTube, Technorati and more. The mainstream media (MSM) has been ignoring Ron Paul’s spectacular rise (see story for stats and details) across the Internet’s top websites. With enough bloggers blogging the details of Ron’s incredible online success, the mainstream media will then have to cover it. Wide blogging coverage can break this MSM silence.
    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Blog_This_Ron_Paul_Explodes_Across_Google_Campaign_Site_YouTube/blog

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 15, 2007 @ 8:26 am
  20. http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Blog_This_Ron_Paul_Explodes_Across_Google_Campaign_Site_YouTube/blog

    Comment by Alex Hammer — May 15, 2007 @ 8:27 am
  21. OK, Alex, I have to ask; Why should I care how popular Ron Paul is on the internet? What point are you trying to make with these breathless, up-to-the-minute reports?

    I honestly don’t see how it meaningfully advances any discussion.

    Comment by tarran — May 15, 2007 @ 8:57 am
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