OK, so by now everyone knows Ron Paul won the straw poll at the Republican Advance.
What's the big deal?
The RPV said it cost $35 to vote and anyone could come. Paul is a legitimate GOP candidate, a member of Congress and is invited to participate in the Presidential debates organized by the RNC.
His supporters were mainly college students, who clearly had no idea what kind of event they were coming into. Some of them smelled a little, but seriously, who cares? They were young people getting involved for a candidate they liked and they showed up and paid their money. Good for them.
I had a couple supporters sitting next to me. Both were very polite, nice young guys. (Yes they smelled bad, but no worse than the Metro train I rode over in). One of them didn't know who the Governor was, and gave me one of the funniest quotes of the weekend "It's hard to keep track with the one term Governor thing". Funny, but he was hardly totally clueless- he knew we had a one term Governor. I gave them both a hard time when Charlie Judd announced the voting was beginning- and to "proceed orderly to the ballot box"- and kept coming back to remind them to be orderly and they laughed.
Yes, they booed Jim Gilmore a little. But Gilmore was clueless, he was in a room packed with anti-war Ron Paul people and he started talking about the war. Know your freaking audience!! Many of these kids are probably getting active because they have friends who have been killed or injured over in Iraq- or know someone who does. If Gilmore wants to stand up on stage in a ritzy hotel and lecture a room full of these guys about why they shouldn't care their friends are coming home dead- OF COURSE THEY ARE GOING TO BOO HIM. They should have thrown something at him! The problem here was Gilmore not knowing his audience at all. When Chris Saxman stood up and spoke of limiting government the Paul people gave him a standing ovation, so they were hardly there to be rude.
Anyway, I wasn't even going to talk about this, but the Washington Post had a story written by Tim Craig that named the winner and losers at the advance and called all these kids "losers". (More on this with a link later- there were other ridiculous things there, but I want to focus on Ron Paul right now). What a wonderful way to encourage young people to become involved in politics, Tim. I can totally understand other candidate supporters being frustrated and complaining about these kids showing up to swing the straw poll, but for the Washington Post to pick up on it and attack them makes my stomach turn. The Post should have no agenda here, so they have no reason to complain.
Totally disgusting, and so bad that I am bringing back the "Weenie of the Week". It's all yours this week, Mr. Craig. I'm assuming you wrote this trash to kiss up to some new potential sources that didn't like the Paul kids? Completely irresponsible, and you are a total jerk for doing it. I don't want to ever see crap like that again from the press corps- your job is not to attack a bunch of young voters for showing up and voting.
UPDATE: Right on Bob Gibson.