Featured in the Canada's National Post ..........
While on our daily surf through technorati, we notice that hot on the heels of Youtube and Sarkozy is this key word in third place: Ron Paul.
Which leads us to click thru to learn that he was one of 10 Republican candidates running for the nomination. You can find his name at the second last paragraph in this New York Times story after last week's debate:
The other candidates in the debate were former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia, Representative Duncan Hunter of California, Representative Ron Paul of Texas and former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson of Wisconsin.
So why is he getting buzz on the blogosphere? We can tell you the following tidbits
-He stands for truth, says this blogger
-ABC left him out of a poll, and then the "net erupted". Google Ron Paul + ABC and you'll see what we mean
-Some fans, "people responding to Dr. Paul's principled libertarian message," have put up "Ron Paul Revolution" signs, as noted here. More on his political positions
-According to his campaign blog, he was the winner of the first debate.
Not enough? The Washington Post has a page on him and you can surf his own site..
It will be of interest to see how his campaign unfolds, whether he will be a bold user of technology like the Dean campaign was seen to be last time around, or will he carry the banner of the blogosphere, just because...
Update Tuesday 7:24 p.m. ET: As of now, Republican candidate Ron Paul is No. 1 on technorati. He seems to be gaining steam. In fact, this column notes that Mr. Paul is like.. well, Rodney Dangerfield:
I do want to talk about the one candidate who is deserving of far greater attention by Republicans, but who has, to this point, gotten the least respect.
Congressman Ron Paul.
Update Tuesday 8:29 p.m. ET: We see that someone (not us) has dugg this post. And that digg.com users are plugging his case. This story, we can now predict, will enter the mainstream media in a large way in, say, two news cycles. Of course, we at the Post are mainstream, so.... hmmm.
Update Tuesday 10:47 p.m. ET: And it grows. As one digger points out, Alexa shows that Ron outstrips Obama in traffic. Meanwhile, Ebay currently shows 5 items for sale related to "Ron Paul", including a Revolution sign, The Case for Gold (A 1982 book co-authored by a Ron Paul) and a political button at 99 cents. Meanwhile, a facebook group boasts 640 new members tonight, 45 board topics and 332 wall posts. Also, more than 1,700 videos on YouTube tonight.
Update Wednesday, May 16: At the last Republican candidates debate, Ron Paul gets more mentions...
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