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August 13, 2007

Apparently, The French Love Ron Paul

by Doug Mataconis

Apparently, Ron Paul mania isn’t limited to the Continental United States:

Republicans have not been known recently for their warmth toward the French. But at least one contender for the G.O.P. nomination has developed a dedicated, if small, fan base in Paris: Representative Ron Paul of Texas, an anti-Iraq war libertarian.

The blog “Ron Paul France – Le Journal de Campagne” is leading the movement there, translating Mr. Paul’s policies and television appearances into French and analyzing American politics.

Maintained by “Emmanuel,” a 36-year-old Parisian, the blog muses on such topics as “The Major American Media and Ron Paul: An Organized Boycott?” and “Why Ron Paul Will Systematically Gain the Republican Nomination.”

So far, 44 people have “demanded” Mr. Paul visit Paris on Eventful.com, and the “blogosphère Ronpaulienne” extends beyond France. Other blogs include “Bavaria for Ron Paul” (supporters rallied on July 4 in Munich), “Ron Paul Brazil” and “Belgians for Ron Paul,” in Flemish.

Does Ron Paul even speak Flemish ?

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8 Comments

  1. Mataconis is a CIA plant!

    Comment by Buckwheat — August 13, 2007 @ 10:41 pm
  2. Then someone owes me several years of back pay

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — August 14, 2007 @ 6:23 am
  3. He found this article by googling Ron Paul. It’s pretty obvious to me now, because the article came out on google search yesterday. This proves something else to me- Doug wants to be someday seen as the “Ron Paul Expert” to the general public one day. If Ron Paul actually does well during this election cycle, foxnews or some other bullshit network might ask him on and he finally gets his little limelight or whatever. The thing is though, after the repeated hitpieces Doug has done, what would he say to the neocon interviewer? Obviously more hitpiece stuff. This guy is amazing; he really illustrates to me how garbage some people can be on a personal level.

    Comment by George — August 14, 2007 @ 9:36 am
  4. You know, I’m beginning not to get you people.

    This wasn’t a negative article. A little tongue in cheek ? Maybe, but what’s wrong with that ?

    I respect Ron Paul, I like most of his ideas, what more do you want ?

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — August 14, 2007 @ 9:38 am
  5. You know, I’m beginning not to get you people.
    This wasn’t a negative article. A little tongue in cheek ? Maybe, but what’s wrong with that ?
    I respect Ron Paul, I like most of his ideas, what more do you want ?

    The militant Ron Paul supporters will be his downfall unless they learn how to play the game, as repulsive as that may be. Short of a violent revolution, the system has to be changed from within. The neo-cons understood this. Study what savvy political leaders have done to infiltrate the system to change it.

    Comment by js290 — August 14, 2007 @ 12:31 pm
  6. You know Doug, after that marathon session about Paul and immigration last week I’ve come to the basic conclusion that some people are Ron Paul supporters because they study the issues, check the legislative record of the candidate, analyze the candidate’s remarks on those issues to determine overall mindset, then choose Paul because he is the best candidate to represent the issues that they feel are important.

    And some support Ron Paul simply because they’re nutjobs who think Paul has some sort of magical powers to fix the world of politics on his own and they get irritated whenever somebody points out that he’s got no more ability to do that than anyone else. Kind of like how religious fanatics get pissed off if you start asking logical questions that they can’t answer.

    Comment by UCrawford — August 14, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
  7. Libertarians are bitter.

    Comment by Formica — August 14, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
  8. I prefer the term optimistically cynical :)

    Comment by UCrawford — August 14, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

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