The MySpace election: Obama vs. Paul: The Swamp
 
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Posted January 3, 2008 11:48 AM
The Swamp

by Jim Tankersley

The voters have spoken! Well, not in Iowa yet – you've got a half-day of waiting for that still – but in the virtual world of social networking.

The inaugural "MySpace" primary, a two-day online vote that drew 150,000 users of the popular Web site, crowned Sen. Barack Obama the Democratic winner and Rep. Ron Paul the runaway Republican choice.

Obama, whom the Swamp dubbed the "absolute King of Facebook" earlier this year, scored 46 percent of the Democratic vote, followed by Sen. Hillary Clinton at 31 percent and former Sen. John Edwards with 8 percent.

Paul, an internet phenom who has shattered online fundraising records this year despite his single-digit standings in national polls, took 37 percent of the GOP vote. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani followed with 18 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had 16 percent.

Don't expect candidates to put too much stock in those numbers, because a) they represent a national electorate and b) voting was open to all MySpace users, which presumably includes teens not yet eligible to vote in actual elections. Still, MySpace's exit polls – yep – report that the average voter was 29 years old. Eighty-three percent of participants said they planned to vote in a state primary and 91 percent said they would vote in November.

For the uninitiated: MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites allow users to post information about themselves, message with friends and create their own virtual communities. MySpace dove into presidential politics this year by sponsoring a series of candidate forums in conjunction with MTV, and by hosting the online vote Jan. 1 and 2.

“MySpace is proud to be kicking off the New Year by actively engaging millions of Americans in the political process through our first virtual presidential primary,” Jeff Berman, SVP of Public Affairs for MySpace, said in a press release. “The MySpace Generation has spoken and we’re eager to see how the candidates will court this important voting demographic.”

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Comments

The Big eye opener: If we thought the 2000 election was crooked, how bout the Media bias against Ron Paul.

Regardless of your position, this is a political race and Americans have a RIGHT to get a fair view of ALL the runners. Rupert Murdoch has done all he can to prevent that. This man/and his consolidated power is dangerous for America. NO monopolies in the Media...


NO more Clinton dynasty, Mc Cain's politics of fear, Edwards Phony tactics and corrupted Health Industry.

Also its time to end 20 years of Clinton/Bush political dynasty.

!!! ITS TIME FOR CHANGE !!!

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON IRAQ.

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON IRAN.

BARACK OBAMA WAS RIGHT ON PAKISTAN.

BARACK OBAMA HAS RIGHT JUDGEMENT FROM THE BEGINNING.

BARACK OBAMA's JUDGEMENT TRIUMPHS OVER HILLARY's WRONG EXPERIENCE.

!!! VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA !!!


I'm Fired Up!

It's Time To Barack and Roll!

OBAMA 08!


Edwards and Hillary are fakes!


HA! Everything you posted about Obama couldn't be more wrong jkojs. Obama believes in using nukes against anyone. And that can not be acceptable in today's world.

Ron Paul's the man. Just do a simple Google search to see the glory of his message


Even as Fox News and ABC attempt to write off Ron Paul, he continues to do well in the polls. The mainstream media can no longer be trusted.

People are disgusted with politics as usual and want someone with honesty, integrity, and authenticity. For a great satire on the president, the mainstream media, and the war on terror, see this YouTube music video from the international award-winning zombie musical feature film, "Song of the Dead." It' stars horror movie veteran Reggie Bannister (Phantasm, Wishmaster, Bubba Ho-tep) as the president of the U.S. The filmmaker, Chip Gubera, is giving a share of his profits from DVD sales to the Ron Paul campaign. Go to:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=qQmkkoxSKYw


What would be more amazing?
The fact that all the internet popularity of Ron Paul wouldn't translate into real votes, or that the mainstream "national" polls and the pundants who follow these polls religiously would turn out to be completely wrong?


Mr. Tankersley, it's "RON" Paul ... not Rob.


Ron Paul 2008. Let's hope he finishes in the top three tonight!


Lets see... a 72yo Libertarian OB/GYN codger with 19th Century ideas designed to further split this great country with his crackpot fringe ideology and a cult following which has more money to throw away than sense, or a your dynamic charismatic visionary who stands a chance of actually uniting the majority moderates ...

Hmmmmm


Ron Paul.

America's Best Choice.

FREEDOM & RIGHTS HANDED BACK TO AMERICANS.

SEE YAH BUSH!
NO WAY OBAMA.
AND HECK NOOOO H.CLINTON, SHE's so crooked.

RON PAUL's Message is loud and clear, go hear it at http://www.RonPaul2008.com

VOTE FOR FREEDOM!
VOTE FOR YOUR RIGHTS BACK!
VOTE FOR RON PAUL !!!
Lets get America back in shape.


Oh yes, the AOL Straw Poll, the GOP Straw Poll (before they removed Ron Paul's name), the MySpace poll and the Facebook polls -- these represent the real vote, not your silly telephone polls that don't even have Ron Paul on the list. He placed #1 on all of them, WAY above the others.

And remember, we have our hordes of Dr. Paul supporters on high vote fraud alert. The polls are being carefully monitored.

The media may have been able to keep some people from hearing about Ron Paul, but you can't stop the Revolution of the People from spreading the word on the Internet and on the Street.

Ron Paul is for REAL change -- his positions are similar to no other candidate -- and is a brilliant, kind, truthful man. We love him and he will win. All the way to the White House, baby!!!!


Ron Paul for President in Honolulu. We need Change!!!!


Ron Paul all the way. Hes the only one who would immediately withdraw from Iraq. He voted against the patriot act, and personally thats something I look for in each candidate if he or she had the opportunity to. None of those people who had that opportunity did. Ron Paul isnt your average politician. He actually cares about you and me.


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