Little Green Footballs sends Ron Paul to the showers

Over at little green footballs they've had enough of Ron Paul.

I’m going to be removing Ron Paul’s name from any further LGF straw polls, because his supporters are deliberately spamming our polls to make it appear as if Paul has more support than he does....

They aren’t “cheating,” as in voting multiple times, but they have sent out emails and posted the link to our poll at several spots on the web, urging people to go vote for Paul. The end result is the same—the poll results are skewed, and it’s not an accurate measure.

Even if they weren’t doing this pathetic maneuver to artificially pump up Paul’s support, I’d very seriously consider removing him anyway, because I found his remarks last night about 9/11 insulting and dangerous, and highly offensive. But make no mistake, he’s not being removed simply because I disagree with him—he’s off the LGF poll because I don’t want my site being used to falsely inflate his popularity.

This is just pathetic.
If somebody supports Paul and votes for him, he's not "spamming a poll", he's expressing support. Now, granted, the people expressing support may not be Republicans, and the only poll that counts is your own state primary. But is lgf going to remove any other candidate whose supporters are caught trying to pump up the numbers? Everybody does that on Internet polls, and if a candidate doesn't, he's clearly too stupid to be President. What he's doing here is trying to define the terms of the debate...which is what bloggers do, after all. But you can do that with reason, or you can do that by silencing opposing viewpoints. And it strikes me that there's a real hit in credibility to those who do the latter. If Paul is indeed a "nut", that case can be made by a rational appeal to foreign policy priorities, or to the DSM IV. But if a "nut" gets that much support, there there are a lot of nuts in the country, and we live in a system of representative government. Or are the Pajamasmedia neocon bloggers sour on democracy these days?

And anyone who would link to Eric Dondero's self-serving posturing (except for me, that is :-) )has no credibility anyway.

I'd post this there in the comments, but registration is what is he afraid of?


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Posted by: jeffrey smith
Posted on: May 17, 2007 12:56 AM

Dr. Paul certainly has gotten enough positive publicity from Andrew Sullivan...who also links to Dondero. Apparently poor Andrew has mistaken Dondero for a member of the GOP establishment, instead of just one of the busboys.


Posted by: Jeffrey Quick
Posted on: May 17, 2007 08:33 AM

Busboy? Try catamite.
And Andrew is no more worth taking seriously than Eric is.


Posted by: rightwingprof
Posted on: May 17, 2007 01:27 PM

LGF comment registration is open about an hour a week. I finally managed to hit the site when it was open. This has been the policy there for a long time; it has nothing to do with the Ron Paul wackos or their poll bombing or their filthy-mouthed Daily Kos messages, or their insanity in general.


Posted by: jeffrey smith
Posted on: May 17, 2007 05:29 PM

And here I was, using busboy as an alternate because I thought hooker might be too strong.

Actually, I find Andrew worthwhile. As often as he leans libertarian, he knows that he's not one, and says so outright.


Posted by: Jeffrey Quick
Posted on: May 18, 2007 02:45 PM

Jeffrey, it's my blog; I can be as nasty as I wanna be (within reason).
It's funny...Paul is getting beat up on Individual-Sovereignty@yahoogroups, but when I posed the question as a hypothetical "Paul v. Hillary/Obama v. 3rd party candidate of your choice", so far the consensus seems to be that they'd hold their noses and vote for Paul.


Posted by: jeffrey smith
Posted on: May 18, 2007 05:50 PM

Ah, so they are a bunch of Republicans after all...

At the moment, I can't think of a single candidate I would want to vote for, even among the LP list, other than Paul.

Paul v Hillary would be a strange situation. The Cindy Sheehan wing of the Democratic Party would want to vote for him because he would end the war; the neocon wing of the Republican Party would want to vote for her because she's willing to continue the Great Crusade. I've already seen at least two members of the Sheehan movement publicly gush over him...

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