How insane are Ron Paul supporters? Most of ’em appear to be nuts, but it turns out they’re actually spammer nuts. I’ve received variants of this twice in the past 24 hours, each time with some weak methods of evading anti-spam software:
From: “hamish lalitha”
Subject: Who Is Ron Paul? dUZPvx
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007
Ron Paul is for the people, unless you want your children to
have human implant RFID chips, a National ID card and create
a North American Union and see an economic collapse far worse
than the great depression. Vote for Ron Paul he speaks the
truth and the media and government is afraid of him go to
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ron+paul and you
will see his large base. Get motivated America, don’t believe
the lies of the media he has also WON the GOP Debate On Sunday!
Value Freedom instead of corporate lies and corruption. Bypass
this media blackout they are doing to Ron Paul, tell your family
and friends and get involved in a local group at meetup.com make
your voice heard! He will end the War In Iraq immediately,
He will eliminate the IRS and wasteful government spending, and
eliminate the Federal Reserve and restore power to the people
and the only person not a member on the CFR. Can any other runner
make these claims?
** RON PAUL WIL STOP THE IRAQ WAR IMMEDIATELY! **
He has NEVER voted:
* to raise taxes
* for an unbalanced budget
* to raise congressional pay
* for a federal restriction on gun ownership
* to increase the power of the executive branch
He HAS voted:
* against the Iraq war
* against the inappropriately named USA PATRIOT act
* against regulating the internet
* against the Military Commissions Act
Video Ron Paul Goes Head to Head With Bernanke Explaining
Why The US Dollar Has Dropped And Foreclosure Rate Is Sky
High: Must See: http://tinyurl.com/345s6g
He will eliminate the IRS, Wasteful Government Spending &
Stop The Iraq War Immediately!
Most importantly, he voted NO on anything in Congress that
is not allowed by the Constitution.
Google: “Ron Paul” Today! Join The Revolution!
This wasn’t sent to my standard address but, rather, an very old address that is a spam magnet because of its regular appearance on ancient webpages.
Ironically, Ron Paul’s vociferous supporters have earned the nickname of “Ron Paul spammers” for their collective habit of swooping into any discussion forum or online poll where his name has been invoked and utterly derailing the conversation by crapflooding the forum with pro-Paul talking points. But this is the first instance of actual Ron Paul spam, at least that I’ve heard of.
I’m left wondering whether this is just some lone nut, or if we’re seeing the leading edge of a new tactic that will be employed by the very dumbest of the grassroots. Want to get out your preferred candidate’s talking points? Want to get the vicious lies directly in the hands of voters? For a few hundred bucks you can e-mail them directly to a hundred million people. Desperate campaigns may even do it themselves.
It’s best not to confuse a candidate with his supporters, as many people made the mistake of doing with Howard Dean, so I’m trying not to hold this against Paul. But I can’t see receiving many more of these — no matter who they serve — without starting to get cranky.