Ron Paul Isn’t Much Of A “Phenomenon” When His Supporters Can’t Spam A Poll

Last week, after watching Ron Paul’s horrible debate flame out, Andrew Sullivan had this to say about Ron Paul,

“They’re scared, aren’t they? The Internet polls show real support for him. Fox News’ own internet poll placed him a close second, with 25 percent of the votes from Fox News viewers. We have a real phenomenon here…”

Of course, what “Excitable Andy” was saying was completely preposterous and I said so at the time,

“Ron Paul’s internet poll numbers are about as real as Andrew Sullivan’s conservatism. In other words, it’s all phony. Not that Paul doesn’t have some supporters, he does among the Libertarian, Paleocon, and kook set, but these internet polls that show him in the top tier? They’re all vapor.”

Well, guess what? We’ve had a poll since then in Iowa and Ron Paul finished dead dog last with less than 1% of the vote.

But, I thought Sully said Ron Paul was a “phenomenon,” a real threat to the top tier?

Well, as far as I can tell, the only “phenomenon” related to Ron Paul is the way that he has managed to get a few thousand of the more wild-eyed Libertarians to bond with truthers, Paleocons, and trolls to create one teeming mass of spamming annoyance.

That’s why if Ron Paul is remembered for anything after 2008, (because he isn’t going to be the nominee and he probably won’t even be popular enough to have a chance to keep his House seat after this is all over), it will be convincing Libertarians that conspiracy theories are cool and that terrorists are justified in attacking America.

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