Ron Paul expanding his base

   I’m not totally surprised by what I see happening on the right.  It should be a warning for all the candidates that Ron Paul is fast gathering the disgruntled voters to his horde.  While he was just a blog sensation they had nothing to fear, but it seems on the surface as if all that is changing.  The impending straw poll in Iowa will help sort out just how much of an inroad he has made into the mainstream electorate.

   A few things I have noticed already

1.  Google hits at my blog, or I should say server hits relating to Ron Paul have increased by a factor of 10 since sunday mornings debate.  I’m not sure the two are related, but reading about Ron Paul from outside the blogosphere has begun to increase.  These are likely as not everyday people who happen to have computers, as the numbers were consistent for the 2.5 months I’ve been blogging.

2.  The hits seem to be directed at issues which may make this even a little more sinister for the rest of the candidates.  People don’t seem to be looking at for/against articles so much as they are looking at issue related articles.  Marque and reprisal, earmarks, Nafta Superhighway, and immigration reform articles have received a genuine old fashioned monkey stomp from the search engines.

3.  His face is showing up closer to the front page on the main news sources (FOX, MSNBC, CNN), and all you have to do is click the politics tab, and he is present now on a regular basis.

   The natural question is why?  It would appear that people are tired of the same old song and dance.  If you really look at them, what do Giuliani and Romney offer that we haven’t already seen?  McCain will almost certainly go down in history as one of the most decent men ever to play the politics game, but he is on the wrong side of some issues that Americans seem to feel very strongly about.  Immigration and the war in Iraq are likely as not going to decide this election, and as I said weeks ago, if they let the immigration issue lie dormant it is going to kill the members of congress that are running.  Incidentally, Ron Paul is on the right side of both of these issues.

   Another reason quite simply is they like what he has to say about foreign policy.  The one thing people aren’t looking for here is his foreign policy stance.  That would probably be because they already understand it, and they already agree with it.

    I’m not sold on Ron Paul, and I won’t be.  My vote is hardly the deciding factor.  What is apparent, and important, is that people are taking a closer look.  Only time will tell if it maters or not.

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8 Responses to Ron Paul expanding his base

  1. John Howard says:

    The Iowans in charge of the straw poll have announced that there will be no manual count of the vote, which will be counted by the Diebold machines.

    Those machines have been outlawed in two of the larger states – California and Florida for good reason.

    The establishment, I assume, will fix the mistake they made in letting Ron Paul into their debates.

  2. hi john….it’s a little early for a conspiracy theory. If he even doubles his 2% average it’s a win, and I’m looking for more like 7 or 8%

    thanks for coming by

  3. VAT says:

    You must let the Iowa GOP know that you disapprove of the use of decertified Diebold electronic voting machines and nothing short of a verifiable manual paper ballot would be acceptable for the Iowa straw poll this week.

    This is a call to action, anyone who wants a verifiable election must call the Iowa GOP and demand a back up paper count. Iowa Republican Party – (515) 282-8105

    Read more http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?list=type&type=52

  4. Anita Marie says:

    Hey Criminy you made it on the ‘front page’ under news stories at wordpress.

    I’ll you’ll get lots of RP people now.

    Hang on while I nuke some popcorn and get ready for the show.

    This is going to be GOOD.
    amm

  5. That is all good news. I’ve been on the fence about Paul based solely on his electability (spelling?). Here’s to hoping he can win this whole thing. I won’t get to vote in the primary though since our state’s primaries are closed- I’ll check again just to be sure.

  6. metaljaybird says:

    I’m enthusiastically skeptical about Ron Paul’s chances. (if that is possible).

    I think if by some freak outcome, he wins the primary, he would beat out Hillary in the election. I would eat my hat on that.

    The chances of Paul getting that far are slim, but to be honest, I haven’t been this excited in my life about politics. I gave a vote to Bush once, and that is a mistake I won’t make again. No McCain, Romney, or Rudy is going to pay me enough for my vote.

    Also, since receiving mental clarity (I no longer fall for Neocon propaganda), I notice the difference between the democrats and republicans is slim to none.

  7. John Howard says:

    Hope you are right. It is not a conspiracy theory (that would require knowing the thoughts of others), but rather a simple fact that they have arranged things so they have the power to cheat on a massive scale and get away with it.

    There is ample motive and opportunity and a record of such fixes, so I would not be surprised by it.

    Also, a theory that there is a conspiracy is no different than a theroy that there isn’t one – both are guesses about the minds of others.

    Happy to be here.

  8. Hi VAT…thanks for the link and number. I’ll post them

    thanks for stopping in

    hi Anita….thats two days in a row…doesn’t really even make an impression o nthe reads though. about 20 more than normal…thanks fro coming by, and thanks for that puffball of a cat picture. *L*
    hello total…if for no other reason, Ron Paul should be pleased that he got a whole lot of apathetic voters back in the game. You can change your party affiliation and vote for him.
    thanks for coming by
    hey metal…i keep saying they’re the same animal with different followers…bought and paid for, and voting accordingly…thanks for coming by
    Hi John…I concur. Check out the phone number above if you wish to call and be heard in IOWA.
    thanks for coming by

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