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Thursday, November 29, 2007

  The post-debate Ron Paul surge

In under two weeks, the Ron Paul Blimp got more than sufficient pledges to fly to Boston. The number was at 383 thousand dollars - 3 hours ago. I left this blog entry unfinished, went to lunch, and came back - pledges had cracked 474000 dollars! Nearly 100k was added to the effort, while I was out to lunch! The PAC to take donations hasn't even finished forming yet!

The New Republic, of all places - did a bit of serious analysis on abolishing the Fed. As always, the comments are better than the article.

While driving from Cape Coral, FL to Orlando yesterday (after spending Thanksgiving with my family), I saw 3 cars with Ron Paul bumper stickers (even a van with signs pasted in the window). I kept my eyes peeled for bumper stickers about other candidates (even old ones from 2004). The total, found, for all other candidates combined was: *0*. I pulled up to one car (containing an older gentleman and his wife) and honked, and gave 'em a thumbs up, they honked merrily back.....

At my Dad's golf club a couple days back I met a pair of Republicans weeping into their cups because they'd voted for Bush, twice, and they'd lost 2% of their investments on that day alone. I didn't mention Paul to them (as my Dad and I were kind of tired of discussing politics - we'd done that for the whole front 9), but it might have been interesting to get another viewpoint.

Today MSNBC did a decent bit on some more normal Paul supporters, and Salon talked to Paul about environmental issues.

And probably the best thing I've read all day came from a former Obama supporter, Marc Whittemore.

I lost interest in Obama as soon as his campaign and supporters revealed their control freak and property seizing nature in dealing with another volunteer, Joe Anthony.

I never did respond publicly to the commenter on the above posting that said: My answer then, and now, was Yes!! the volunteer should keep his site, and his enthusiasm, and his energy, and his idealism, and his hope for America.

I hope that Whittemore and Anthony's stories remain a great cautionary tale for those paying attention.

The Teaparty is up to 21,798 committed donations planned for December 16th.

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