Blimps, money bombs, YouTube videos, online polls, straw polls, blogs, full page newspaper ads, and complaints about the mainstream media will not get Ron Paul elected. The ONLY thing that will get Ron Paul elected are people voting in their state’s primary. While the previously mentioned things absolutely help the campaign, no one wants to see them stopped, there are very important things that aren’t getting any attention.
When the mainstream media says things like “we’ll have to see if his online/grassroots support can translate in to real votes,” they’re not being pessimistic, they’re being realistic. Remember how Howard Dean was supposed to be the shoe in for the Democratic nomination? He had lots of money, online support, and was winning in the polls, but none of it ended up mattering when his online and offline popularity didn’t generate people actually going to the voting booth.
People are just patting themselves on the back for setting fundraising goals, the latest YouTube video, or the latest piece in the mainstream media and telling themselves there’s nothing to worry about. We can’t just expect all of this grassroots support will automatically turn in to people voting in the primary. We need to ensure this happens. We need to ensure every single Ron Paul supporter out there knows about their state’s primary and will be voting in it.
Tomorrow, when the blogosphere is a abuzz with Ron Paul’s performance at the debate and new and old supporters are searching his name, visiting forums, and reading blogs, make sure you tell them about the primaries. Tell them they might need to register Republican, tell them to write down their state’s primary date and take a few hours off work to go vote in it. There are a lot of casual supporters out there who might only do reading when Ron Paul hits the news big time, like after the debate or money bombs, this is one of the few chances we have to reach them so we need to make the most of it.
PS. West Virginia is in desperate need of delegates, if you live in WV then please become a Ron Paul delegate.