One measure of a leader is the people who champion them. This being the case, I’m directing a twinge of annoyance at the public face of Ron Paul, whose small base of support has hijacked the Internet. Well, online polls, Wikipedia, and the blogosphere as measured by Technorati, at any rate.
Not being a voter in the US, it’s hard to stir up enough motivation to comment on this beyond the modest recommendation for the following neologism:
- Ron Paul Effect: (n) When your supporters’ tactics to subvert a public forum turn the public against you.
Hat tip to Freakonomics, which has a good slap-down of the political spam that ended up in their inbox.