On Nov. 5, 2007 an obscure GOP candidate with fringe support became national news when he raised $4.3 million in one day from one video, one Web site and the power of word of mouth. No Republican candidate had raised that much in one day.
The real news should have been that the official Ron Paul campaign had nothing to do with it. The Web site and video were created independently by two Paul supporters. From Internet blogs to Facebook groups to independent campaigning, the largely decentralized Paul movement has gained a life of its own, unimaginable prior to the Internet era.
YouTube has amplified the little speaking time that Paul has received during the national debates. Among the rest of the GOP candidates, who seem out of step with public attitudes and stuck with the same anachronistic banalities, his rhetoric is refreshing.
It also became hard to overlook him when thousands YouTubed his esoteric rejoinders to Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke over monetary policy during a meeting of the House Committee on Financial Services