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Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Real Revolution

Ron Paul's long make-out sessions with the worst of the far right aside, here's a glimpse of who really supported his anti-tax, anti-war campaign in New Hampshire:

--13% of Independents vs 6% of Republicans.

--16% of Republicans/Independents who describe themselves as "liberal" vs 7% "moderate" and 6% "conservative".

--22% of Republicans/Independents who think abortion should be legal in most or all cases vs. 11% who think abortion should be illegal in most or all cases.

--24% of Republicans/Independents who support New Hampshire's civil unions law vs 14% who oppose it.

--13% of Republicans/Independents who think illegal immigrants shouldn't be kicked out of the country vs. 8% of those who think they should be deported.

All this suggests, I think, that Dave Weigel and others are right. The campaign wasted their TV ad budget on bashing immigrants instead of reaching out to liberals, moderates and libertarians. Although, I guess it's possible that the anti-immigration, anti-gay, pro-life vote turn-out for Paul would have been lower if it wasn't for his creepy immigrant-bashing ads. But I doubt it. Why didn't the campaign spend its ad money on anti-war-, anti-Patriot-Act and anti-tax ads instead of on anchor babies and student visas?

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