Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Can't be faded

In which my boy raises more than 4.2 million dollars in a single day:

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, aided by an extraordinary outpouring of Internet support Monday, hauled in more than $4.2 million in nearly 24 hours.

Paul, the Texas congressman with a libertarian tilt and an out-of-Iraq pitch, entered heady fundraising territory with a surge of Web-based giving tied to the commemoration of Guy Fawkes Day...

Paul's total deposed Mitt Romney as the single-day fundraising record holder in the Republican presidential field. When it comes to sums amassed in one day, Paul now ranks only behind Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, who raised nearly $6.2 million on June 30, and Barack Obama.

Two things are worth mentioning. First, these are small donations from numerous people. These aren't corporate donations, or lobbyist payouts; the money is coming from average Americans who are sick of the war, sick of the way the Government handles our money, sick of the way the feds handle--or don't handle--immigration, and so forth.

Second, because this money was raised on the Internet, the Paul campaign didn't need to spend money to make money. This mean almost all of that 4.2 million is going to be used to support Paul's campaign, through advertisements and the like.

With the Republican race still wide open, there's no reason to count Paul out just yet. Rudy is still a hard sell, and Huckabee hasn't taken off like he was supposed to, so Paul is very much in this race. It'd be nice to see an endorsement from a member of the religious right, someone like Dr. James Dobson perhaps. It may be just this once, but Christians have a chance to vote for a candidate who is both anti-abortion and anti-war.

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