Libertarian and registered Republican Presidential candidate, Ron Paul has set today as another of his "Money Bomb" days. That's when supporters are encouraged to get together, and raise money for his campaign.
Katy's Conservative Corner assumes this will mean more money for homemade signs on exit ramps and on highway overpasses. But, what else could it mean?
Today, in Durham, a Ron Paul Tea Party is being held to commemorate anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Such events are being held across the state and nation by Ron Paul Meetup groups. Your blogger was interested in going and learning more, but had a personal commitment (Christmas Party).
The real test will be how this money adds up. From this blogger's perspective, it's hard to tell if Paul has an actual shot at the presidency on the Republican ticket. Though she doubts it, she understands that it is hard to argue with a large war chest.
Yes, Paul agrees with many of our conservative principles, but he is actually more Libertarian in his social views, which plants him squarely in that camp. Further, he paints himself as an isolationist, which alienates many in the GOP.
One cannot argue with money, however. I'm sure many of his opponents wish that they could raise this type of money on one day, as Paul has shown he can do.
Paul's candidacy has brought people to the political process that have never before been involved. He has also picked up some traditional Republican leadership along the way.
For example, the Wake County Young Republicans held a Presidential straw poll at their annual Christmas Party, and the Paul supporters came out in droves, ensuring victory for their man. They had to join the club to vote, by paying the $24 club dues.
Will these people stay involved in the political process after Paul's day is done, whenever that might be? Will they stay registered Republicans if Paul does not capture the nomination?
Either way, it will be interesting to see how much money the campaign generates today. Stay tuned...
For More Information:
The Man Behind Ron Paul's Fundraising Curtain - Trevor Lyman, who has never voted, used his Internet savvy to bring in millions in pledges for his candidate.
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