Ron Paul rises as Rudy Giuliani stumbles

The L.A. Times reported that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who is a U.S. Representative from Texas, raised a stunning “$4.2 million in a single day.”

Here are a few excerpts from the Times article:

Assuming the fundraising pledges are fulfilled, the total would nearly match Paul’s receipts for the entire previous quarter and put him well on the way to his goal of $12 million for the final three months of 2007. About half of the 36,672 donors (average contribution $103) were giving for the first time.

Mainstream political commentators continued to give Paul — who advocates an immediate U.S. pullout from Iraq and the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Education — little or no chance of winning the Republican nomination.

He has substantially more supporters on MySpace and Facebook — two social networking sites — than any other Republican. His videos have been viewed more often (nearly 5.9 million times) on YouTube than those of any other candidate, of either party.

Trevor Lyman, a 37-year-old Florida music promoter, conceived the idea of a single-day fundraiser on Nov. 5. That date was pegged to Guy Fawkes Day, which celebrates a failed attempt to blow up the British Parliament in 1605 — a symbolic tie-in to Paul’s minimal-government views.

I like the Guy Fawkes Day tie-in.

And while Ron Paul is rising, GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani is stumbling.

In case you didn’t hear about it, Giuliani’s former New York police commissioner, Bernard Keric, was indicted this week. Here are a few excerpts from an L.A. Times article that shed light on the charges:

Being a top aide to New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani allegedly brought a lot of perks to Bernard Kerik — a new Jacuzzi, a “marble entrance rotunda” installed in a Bronx apartment, $9,000 a month in rent payments for a flat on the Upper East Side — many of them paid for by people who had business with the city.

Those and other favors were laid out Friday in a corruption indictment against Kerik, New York’s former police commissioner. The charges open a window on Republican presidential candidate Giuliani’s inner circle, detailing how Kerik lived the high life during Giuliani’s law-and-order administration.

O.C. conservative blogger John Seiler had this to say about the Kerik fiasco, “While mayor of New York, one of Rudi Giuliani

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