Rep. Ron Paul -
one of the 2008 Presidential Elections leaders?
The presidential candidate
Ron Paul (R-Texas) is the King of the Internet, despite other
candidates' attempts to create an e-buzz.
Ron Paul is the presidential candidate who took the Internet by
storm. According to Technorati, "Ron Paul" is one of the web's
most searched terms. Paul's YouTube channel has been viewed over
one million times, surpassing the numbers of competitors like
John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.
Every political figure these days is on
the Internet band-wagon. Hillary Clinton organized online voting
for her campaign song, Barack Obama has the famous "Obama girl",
everyone has a YouTube channel, etc.
But many perceive Ron Paul as "one of
the people". Paul has no big campaign budged, no corporations
pouring money into his campaign, he is against big government,
the war, and pretty much anything that costs taxpayers money.
And check this - Ron Paul was against
the Internet gambling bill which forbids the U.S. banks and
financial institutions to send money to offshore betting
websites. Rep. Ron Paul commented on that bill: "Prohibition as
a general principle is a bad principle, because it doesn't
work." After this statement, we can forgive Rep. Paul that he
was the only one who voted "No" to impose fines on spammers for
each piece of unsolicited junk email they send. His explanation,
"I don't believe Congress has the authority to get involved in
this," sound good to me.
Many political blogs post monthly
surveys to find out which candidate has the most support for the
2008 Elections, and Ron Paul usually tops them all. To the point
that many bloggers do not include his name on the list. And
quite a few accuse the supporters of the presidential candidate
of tampering with the results.
According to Matt Margolis, who
runs GOP Straw Polls, Paul fans are visiting numerous blogs
hosting the polls and voting repeatedly while encouraging others
to do the same.
Jesse Benton, Ron Paul's campaign
communication director, disagrees: "If we have 20,000 passionate
supporters who go and vote in an online poll and Rudy Giuliani
can only get 1,000, we're not going to apologize for that."
Ron Paul sure is the "Internet
Politician", but does he have what it takes to win the offline
elections? Well, betting on the Presidential Elections isn't
new. And who else to keep a cool head, but the bookmakers?
Although it's little early for the
actual elections, there are a few online betting websites which
already take bets on the future president. Sportsbook.com is one
of them and the gambling website has already upgraded the
once-underdog Ron Paul to the amazing odds of 15 to 1 on wining
the 2008 Presidential Elections! Hilary Clinton is still the
favorite with 2/1, followed by Rudy Giuliani 3/1, but odds of
15/1 on Ron Paul is a great "achievement" by someone you've
never heard of a few months back.
Should you read too much into it? Not
really, on the same betting props we found names such as George
W Bush (odds 200/1) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (250/1), although
both would need a big legislative change to even enter the
contest. But it's a fact that whatever Ron Paul is doing (or not
doing), it works. And if his Internet celebrity-like status
continues to grow, we may see a lot of betting props with his
name on them.
Oh, wait, according to
Bodog Sports, Ron Paul has the
odds of 6/1 to be the first Presidential candidate photographed
with an Apple iPhone...
Ron Paul blogs and forums you may want
to check out:
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Published on 06/27/2007