What happened to Ron Paul?

I am truly disappointed. By now, I expected Ron Paul to be on his way to the White House, measuring curtains for the Lincoln bedroom.

At least, that was the impression left by the army of Paulbots that never tired of telling me "Wait until Iowa" or "Wait until New Hampshire" when supporters for their candidate would supposedly rise up out of the ground and march en masse to the polls, giiving their hero victory after victory.

Well...we waited for Iowa. We waited for New Hampshire. My own guess is that we could wait for hell to freeze over and Ron Paul would still only be getting a fraction of the GOP vote for President. 

Ed Morrissey
has noticed a strange phenomenon:

Almost like clockwork, any time a blogger posts anything remotely critical about Ron Paul, it attracts hundreds of comments, most of them refusing to deal with the substance of the criticism. Instead, they usually contained cap-locked diatribes about the Federal Reserve, the Constitution, and how anyone who doesn't support Paul is a traitor or a fool. Many start off by saying, "I am a Hispanic/Jewish/black voter who cares about freedom ..." as a means of defusing the awkward inks between Paul and his newsletters and donation from neo-Nazi Don Black, as well as his 40-plus appearances on the radio show of Truther and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

But not today. It's been more than 14 hours since I posted about the TNR story, and so far ... nothing. I really expected to find scores of outraged commentary in the Disqus moderation queue when I woke up this morning, but so far, it's been as quiet as a church mouse.

The results from Iowa and New Hampshire may have finally broken the spell. Paul's supporters had insisted that the Revolution would launch from Iowa and New Hampshire, but Paul only won marginal support. Even in Iowa, where he ran only against Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson -- and where his libertarianism should have won significant traction -- his campaigning left him without a single delegate to the convention. Last night's election put him behind Rudy Giuliani in fifth place, even though Giuliani didn't exactly strain himself with Granite State campaigning.

The Revolution turned out to be a dud.
That last is an understatement. Not only was there no "revolution," there was never anything there as far as support for Paul except hot air and paranoia.

Ah! Blessed silence. Hopefully, we've seen the last of those internet gangsters and can go back to rational discussion of the election rather than constantly being bombarded by the idiocies and delusions of some very strange people.
I am truly disappointed. By now, I expected Ron Paul to be on his way to the White House, measuring curtains for the Lincoln bedroom.

At least, that was the impression left by the army of Paulbots that never tired of telling me "Wait until Iowa" or "Wait until New Hampshire" when supporters for their candidate would supposedly rise up out of the ground and march en masse to the polls, giiving their hero victory after victory.

Well...we waited for Iowa. We waited for New Hampshire. My own guess is that we could wait for hell to freeze over and Ron Paul would still only be getting a fraction of the GOP vote for President. 

Ed Morrissey
has noticed a strange phenomenon:

Almost like clockwork, any time a blogger posts anything remotely critical about Ron Paul, it attracts hundreds of comments, most of them refusing to deal with the substance of the criticism. Instead, they usually contained cap-locked diatribes about the Federal Reserve, the Constitution, and how anyone who doesn't support Paul is a traitor or a fool. Many start off by saying, "I am a Hispanic/Jewish/black voter who cares about freedom ..." as a means of defusing the awkward inks between Paul and his newsletters and donation from neo-Nazi Don Black, as well as his 40-plus appearances on the radio show of Truther and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

But not today. It's been more than 14 hours since I posted about the TNR story, and so far ... nothing. I really expected to find scores of outraged commentary in the Disqus moderation queue when I woke up this morning, but so far, it's been as quiet as a church mouse.

The results from Iowa and New Hampshire may have finally broken the spell. Paul's supporters had insisted that the Revolution would launch from Iowa and New Hampshire, but Paul only won marginal support. Even in Iowa, where he ran only against Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson -- and where his libertarianism should have won significant traction -- his campaigning left him without a single delegate to the convention. Last night's election put him behind Rudy Giuliani in fifth place, even though Giuliani didn't exactly strain himself with Granite State campaigning.

The Revolution turned out to be a dud.
That last is an understatement. Not only was there no "revolution," there was never anything there as far as support for Paul except hot air and paranoia.

Ah! Blessed silence. Hopefully, we've seen the last of those internet gangsters and can go back to rational discussion of the election rather than constantly being bombarded by the idiocies and delusions of some very strange people.