Little Green Footballs sends Ron Paul to the showers
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 closed...so what is he afraid of?