Republican presidential hopeful, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, signs an autograph for Scott Gilbert, of Des Moines, Iowa, during the Iowa Straw Poll, in Ames, Iowa on August 11, 2007
How can we explain Ron Paul? This is a big country with hundreds of millions of people, some of whom are attracted to quirky, anti-establishment candidates. And some of those people are angry, looking for an outspoken leader and searching for an easy answer to the nation’s problems.
But there simply are not all that many of them.
The Internet undoubtedly has made it easier for Paul supporters to connect with the campaign and with each other, and it’s become a terrific way to raise cash for a candidate with emotional followers. But Web chatter, declarations of undying support on Facebook and even surprising fundraising totals don’t make a serious contender out of a candidate from the political fringe.
It IS about VOTES.
And, THIS is just SLEAZY.
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Flap is curious too.
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Flap is going to take a more parochial view for the Giuliani campaign. Does this format and the debate aid the Giuliani campaign in Florida?
Obviously, NO WAY.
As it has been discussed here previously, Florida is a KEY state for Rudy prior to Super Duper Tuesday on February 5. Giuliani leads the GOP field in most Florida polls but Fred Thompson has closed the gap to around three points in the latest poll. And Fred Thompson has not announced a formal candidacy and will not until after Labor Day.
Anyone want to guess, when he will announce?
Right! – After the September 17 debate.
Let the other GOP candidates make asses out of themselves answering left-wing MORONIC questions and look un-Presidental while Thompson announces shortly afterwards and runs positive television and radio ads.
Sorry, Patrick, this is not the bell-weather of GOP vs Dems on the internet – It is a TRAP for Rudy.
And this MORON obviously doesn’t read Wikipedia
Washington Post: Giuliani Hires E-Campaign Expert
As Dan Balz and I wrote in today’s Post, presidential candidates on both sides are focused heavily on bolstering their Internet presence through a variety of new tools, including video, podcasts and even online video chats.
To brainstorm and implement these new innovations, the campaigns are chasing after a small group of people in their 20s and early 30s versed in the language of the new media.
One of the real “gets” on the GOP side of that world is Patrick Ruffini, who served as the Web master of President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign and then served in a similar role at the Republican National Committee. Ruffini gained recognition in national Republican circles for his blog, which was one of the first serious attempts on the Republican side at building an online community.
Ruffini has signed on with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani‘s presidential campaign as an e-campaign adviser. The hiring is only the latest sign that Giuliani is serious about a run for national office in 2008.
As Flap said the first time – the Giuliani campaign is the REAL DEAL.
Stay tuned as web efforts become more readily apparent…….
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