Suffrage net city

By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007

ronpaul
RON PAUL
WEB SITE ronpaul2008.com
LOOK FOR You could look for the 1992 edition of the Ron Paul Political Report, which offers some disquieting opinions about African-Americans and the LA riots — but you won’t find it.
LAUGH AT His attempt at a Lands’ End catalogue, “Fall & Winter Clothing,” in his online store
GRADE B+

In October, Ron Paul’s oft-ignored insurgent campaign announced it had raised a relatively remarkable $5.1 million in the third quarter — five times what fellow candidate Mike Huckabee had pulled in during the same period. Where did it come from? The Internet, of course. From the thousands of young Web surfers who embrace his libertarian message of small government and an end to the war. (If that $5 million was impressive, it’s astonishing that Paul’s supporters, via a site called thisnovember5th.com, were able to raise more than $4 million in a single day earlier this month.) Does this mean he has a shot at winning this thing? Pretty doubtful. But it is another tangible example of the massive discrepancy between Paul’s Internet celebrity and his mainstream-media presence. Paul’s site is a beaut: eye-catching, well-designed, and utilitarian. And its use of social networking has helped make him a Web celeb. He’s consistently among the top search terms on Technorati. He’s dug by the Digg folks. There’s even a “Ron Paul girl” running around metacafe.com doing strip teases in his support. Paul’s supporters are proliferating. This could get interesting.

0711130_keyes
ALAN KEYES
WEB SITE alankeyes.com
LOOK FOR A gigantic library of audio clips dating back to 1989, including his 1999 address to the Third Annual Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Conference
LAUGH AT A page expounding on “his profound skill, eloquence, and knowledge,” and explaining how Barack Obama quakes in fear at his debating chops
GRADE D

”We will not survive if we don’t address the serious moral crisis that clearly besets this country.” Thus spake Alan Keyes — or, at least a still, two-dimensional photo of him — in a slow-loading video on his Web site. And to this end, Keyes, the self-proclaimed “Renowned Debater” and “Grassroots Voice,” has put out the call for all right-thinking Americans to sign his Pledge for America’s Revival. The pledge itself, at more than 1300 words, is some heavy reading. And if it’s not enough to convince you of his gravitas, there’s ample video, audio, and speech transcripts on the site to attest to the rightness of his right-thinking crusade. There are also downloadable fliers, banners, and graphics with which pledge-takers can proselytize the cause. But, so far, response has been tepid. According to the red-thermometer symbol on his homepage, at press time only 2344 had taken the pledge, out of Keyes’s stated goal to reach 5000. (He does realize he needs more than 5000 votes to win, right?)

DEMOCRATS

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |   next >
  Topics: News Features , Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney, John McCain,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY MIKE MILIARD
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   INTERVIEW: AZIZ ANSARI IS ON THE FLY  |  May 09, 2012
    It's been a good few months for Aziz Ansari.
  •   GADGETS FOR BOTH SIDES OF THE OCCUPY DIVIDE  |  December 06, 2011
    Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
  •   INSIDE THE TEDXDIRIGO CONFERENCE  |  September 14, 2011
    I arrived at TEDxDirigo on September 10 feeling rather less than confident about the state of world. The tenth anniversary of 9/11 — and the awful decade that unspooled from that sky-blue morning — was on my mind.
  •   THE WORLD IS WATCHING  |  September 27, 2010
    And so far no one knows what to do about it.
  •   INTERVIEW: DANIEL CLOWES  |  April 27, 2010
    "If you had told me then that there would be cute girls coming to comic conventions in 15 years, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind."

 See all articles by: MIKE MILIARD