Ron Paul is a Congressman from Texas (originally from Pittsburgh, Penn.) seeking the Republican nomination for the 2008 election.
Until recently, when someone said “Ron Paul, ” people did not think of a potential presidential candidate. Most people in Ohio didn’t even know who the man was. That’s all changed now.
Most of Paul’s campaign is based on social media. He is using the Web to engage his voters. He is a member of YouTube and has an active fan base there.
Last Tuesday, he was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He may not be high in the polls, but he’s third when it come to fundraising and his supporters seem to be the younger generation of republicans.
“Would you accept a vice-presidency?” Leno asked Paul.
What’s the deal with RedState.com?
RedState.com is a Web site that promotes the GOP and conservative ideals. Not a bad thing. The site states it’s purpose in it’s posting rules section. “The purpose of this site is (to) promote conservative and Republican ideals.”
So what’s the problem?
Well, last week, RedState.com banned all support of Ron Paul. Anyone who had been a supporter of the candidate was banned. If they had been an active user for more than 6 months, they were allowed to continue to be a member of the site– as long as they stopped supporting Ron Paul.
Redstate.com announced this to the site’s users as a blog posting. And then closed comments. Wow.
Now, I think this is a bit drastic. So what if Ron Paul has no chance at actually getting the nomination? I thought the purpose of Redstate.com was supposed to be to suport all things republican. Ron Paul is running republican. He should get the same support as any other GOP candidate.
I don’t think the ban is going to hurt Ron Paul or his credibility at all. I think if it hurts anyone it will be Redstate.com. That’s bad PR, Redstate!
With the republican party already being in a fragile state, I don’t think a so-called “supportive” site should be banning candidates in its own party. But that’s just me.