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Monday, May 07, 2007

ABCnews: The Ron Paul Effect

ABCnews today, besieged by Ron Paul supporters, grudgingly acknowledges the "Ron Paul Effect" in this story.

With strong support among libertarians who are unhappy with the top-tier Republican contenders, Paul has a robust online presence.

His MySpace profile boasts nearly 12,000 "friends." Today, his name ranks in the Top 10 among blog search terms at Technorati.com, behind Paris Hilton but ahead of Mario Lopez.

(Correction: Ron Paul is now running ahead of Paris Hilton at #5. They also left out that Ron Paul's website is running three times the traffic of Rudy or Romney (see chart), or that he is #1 on YouTube today.)

Digg.com was buzzing over the weekend as ABCnews first left Paul off their online debate poll, and then out of a debate coverage story. Email addresses and VP cell phone numbers were passed around, with reports of ABC receptionists getting a little peeved at the response. (A recent sampling of Digg stories by Scribbler's "Digg friends" can be accessed here.)

ABC is clearly not happy about having to admit that Ron Paul has support, but we're just happy to know that the MSM cannot completely ignore us.

Any wonder why Ron Paul responded Thursday night to "Do you trust the mainstream media?" with, "Some of them. But I trust the Internet a lot more."

Blogger Harsh Pencil said...

From CNN Research Corporation telephone poll, carried out Friday through Sunday (414 registered voters who described themselves as Republicans or as independents who lean Republican).

Giuliani 25%
McCain 23%
F. Thompson 13%
Romney 10%
Gingrich 9%
Huckabee 3%
Brownback 2%
Tancredo 2%
Gilmore 2%
T. Thompson 1%
Paul 1%
Hunter 1%
No opinion 8%

See here.

8:20 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

We've been through this before. Shall we just copy our remarks over to this post?

8:59 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger festivus said...

Oh, come now, Pencil. The margin of error on that poll is probably +/- 3 percent, which puts Paul at somewhere between 4 and -2. Since we know that Ms. Scrib is a supporter, I'll stipulate that his support is > 0. 1 / 414 = .0024, which using a liberal round, is 1%.

See? One person CAN make a difference.

9:21 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

I've read that the Paulites are like the mob on the internet. They send hundreds of emails and seem to be everywhere. Is this true?

9:27 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

We OWN the 'net. Fox caved in over including all candidates in the SC debate May 15 by our hand, and you can read the above story yourself.

Telephone polls are worthless anymmore. I don't know ANYone, certainly no netizen, who answers his phone. Phone answerers sit at home during the day watching Oprah. These are not today's voters.

9:33 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Harsh Pencil said...


Come on. Ron Paul has a few pencil necked geeks who support him (1%) and spend all day writing computer programs to rig internet polls and 99% of Republicans who either don't support him or don't know who the hell he is. This idea that Ron Paul is actually popular is a lot like him: Just Plain Nuts.

It does no good to the Republican party to dilute the debates with the Huckabees, Gilmores, T. Thompsons, Ron Pauls, Tom Tancredos, and Duncan Hunters. I have as much chance of being the next President as any of them.

The idea that just announcing for President gets you on the stage is also Just Plain Nuts. Can I get on the stage by announcing? What's the criterion to be considered a serious candidate? There has to be some rule and one that says that you must get %5 in a national random sample poll to get on the stage sounds good to me.

9:42 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Why would you want to watch Rudy, Mitt and John stroking each other onstage? It's not a debate without Ron Paul.

So who is a serious candidate is defined by the very media that decided who were the candidates in the first place? It's not your Grandpa's MainStreamMedia world any longer, fat cats. I'm turning into an internet populist.

Btw, I vote in every damn poll myself, no one I am aware of has written a program to vote online, and I would have gotten it if there were one, but we do pass around email addys and phone numbers of media representatives until we get some action. So far we've had some success.

9:56 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Btw, out of his 12,395 MySpace friends, I'm still on his front page. I think he likes me.

10:02 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Lew Rockwell posted a few minutes ago about the Ron Paul Revolution. If you're not familiar, unofficial sixties themed signs have been popping up in funny places all over the country. Rockwell provides a link to some of the vids, but here's one I like.

10:15 PM, May 07, 2007  

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