What Do YOU Think About Ron Paul’s “World of Warcraft March”?

No, I’m not kidding. This is for real, at least in the virtual world. Read this and get blown away.

A group of Ron Paul supporters are using forums and a simple Web site to organize a march in the World of Warcraft computer game in support of the Republican presidential hopeful. Azeroth is a kingdom in the mythical world of the massively multiplayer online game made by Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine. […]The rally will be led… by a group of players (a “guild”) named “RP Revolution”. Organizers used an online discussion board at ronpaulforums.com Wednesday to spread the message. Two days later they built a Web page for the rally on revolutioni.st, a site that claims to support Ron Paul’s beliefs, but that is careful to disclose that the candidate “does not necessarily support all the beliefs” on the site.

Again, I’m not kidding. Ron Paul fans really are staging a “rally” inside an online game. What do you think about this?

Are the folks in Ron Paul’s online fan club taking their “advocacy” to absurd levels by campaigning inside an online video game? Or is this the beginning of a new kind of campaigning, a campaigning that really knows no boundaries? If you were a libertarian that likes Ron Paul, would you participate in this “rally” in World of Warcraft?

I want to hear what you have to say. Is this crazy? Or are Ron Paul’s online campaigners onto something?

Go ahead. Make my day. Fire away! :-)

  34 comments for “What Do YOU Think About Ron Paul’s “World of Warcraft March”?

  1. Melanie
    December 29, 2007 at 9:36 am

    As an aside, I love that you all use liberal security words for your anti-spam.

    As for Paul’s idea, I think it is quite smart, given his strength among young male voters.

  2. DCDemocrat
    December 29, 2007 at 9:38 am

    It’s a growing idea. In Second Life, the avatars of media writers are virtually marching in front of the virtual offices of NBC.

  3. Andrew Davey
    December 29, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Melanie-

    Well, you do have a point. This fits in perfectly for Ron Paul’s “target audience” of libertarian-minded young guys who spend a lot of time online. This may just work… For something.

    DCDem-

    Whoa! Really? I didn’t know that. I guess I’m really behind the times. I don’t even have an avatar of myself to march outside of any virtual office! ;-)

  4. December 29, 2007 at 10:07 am

    I kind of think the idea is innovative. It is, of course, one of the nerdiest things I’ve read about in this election…but I’m reading about it, so they’ve achieved some of their goals, right?

  5. Andrew Davey
    December 29, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Mike-

    Welcome back! It’s great to see you here again. I hope you visit us more often… We’re already starting to miss you. :-)

    But anyways, you do have a good point. The Ron Paul fan club is getting attention out of this. And with more attention, they get more time to get their message out. I guess it still baffles me how they think up stuff like this… What other campaign does rallies in an online video game?

  6. Carl Overmyer
    December 29, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Remember that all of this is being orchestrated by the geeks who like RP not Ron Paul. It’s a brave new world folks, get used to it. As they drummed into my head in 1st yr physics class, the only thing constant in nature is change. Like RP or not, you have to admire the guerrilla nature of his campaign. His supporters’ have led the charge of online donations and sound bites on the web. They have shown great creativity and moxie in pulling it off. Learn from it, or get run over by it.
    It is a directed foray into areas that are populated by like minded individuals. Take a note from their playbook, this is the future. One of the hardest things in any volunteer based engagements is getting people motivated to get out of their easy chairs and give their time, money, and energy. It’s something I struggle with in my political and philanthropic endeavors’ all the time. How do you motivate them? Hit them where they live!
    Seems a really great tool, if you can pull it off.

  7. Paul Lucas
    December 29, 2007 at 11:24 am

    I think its a pretty good idea. It gets alot of free media to cover it and talk about it. Now the next step would be for the Ron Paul campaign to get these people to get out of their moms houses and actually walk a precinct or march in real time in their own home towns.

    But that would mean leaving the house. And possibly being seen by girls. And actually walking. Aww shucks.

  8. December 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I always decide how to vote based on whether they’re supported by people who play computer games.

    (One of my kids just said, “They’re WOW players! They’re too busy to go out and vote! They have to run dungeons!”)

  9. Andrew Davey
    December 29, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Carl & Paul-

    So it looks like you’re agreeing with everyone else on this being a good idea. OK. Oh yes, and Carl has a good point on the Ron Paul operation being so loosely “run” that supporters can basically do whatever they want to promote him. While it runs risks of marginalizing his campaign as “crazy”, these folks have OTOH been quite successful in getting attention for Ron Paul with their one day “money bomb” fundraising frenzies and wacky online gimmicks (like this). Howard Dean’s campaign could have never thought of all this in 2003… But Paul raises an interesting point… Will these people come out and help Ron Paul offline as well?

    Gila-

    As always, you have the wittiest comment of the day. Oh yes, and you raise an even BIGGER question… Will these people actually VOTE? I guess time will only tell.

  10. DCDemocrat
    December 29, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Andrew:

    I have no doubt your avatar would be successful at whatever you make it do.

  11. Andrew Davey
    December 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    DCDem-

    Awww, shucks! You’re making me blush… Even if it is in a virtual way! Hmmm… I wonder if I could make my avatar blush… ;-)

  12. Dan Chmielewski
    December 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    How presidential of him. Confirms that he is batshit, that’s all.

  13. December 29, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    While we wait for Prevatt to urge Dan to try expressing himself without the profanities, Pete Fundy would like to remind you LIBERALS that Ron Paul is still a longshot. Conservatives who support the troops have more reason to support Hillary Clinton than we do Ron Paul. Am I right? You bet your Pokemon cards, I am.

    Take it from Pete Fundy, you people. Ron Paul would have to show up in Guitar Hero III before America would take him seriously.

    Warmly yours,
    Pete Fundy
    Senior Editorial Writer
    OCLegend.Com

  14. December 29, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    For those of you who noticed the Guitar Hero reference by some guy on the Register page, Pete Fundy pleads the 5th.

    Warmly yours,
    Pete Fundy
    Senior Editorial Writer
    OCLegend.Com

  15. Paul Lucas
    December 29, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Im not voting for Ron Paul until he sends me a hottness request on facebook. Until then hes just another damn hippy to me. So there!

  16. Paul Lucas
    December 29, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Allow me to amend that last post. Ron Paul better super poke me too!

  17. December 30, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Apparently Ron Paul supporters exist only on the interwebs anyway.

  18. Andrew Davey
    December 30, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Pete-

    Was that satire? I hope so. Otherwise, you make no sense.

    Paul-

    Ha! So does that mean you’ll vote for me? I’ll NEVER hesitate to send you a “hotness request”! hehe ;-)

  19. December 30, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Ron Paul is no threat to the reds or the blues. Hillary needs to be worried about Edwards and Obama. Her victory is not assured.

    That said, Paul is certainly preferable to the rest of the GOP hacks. And I will vote for him in the general, if he runs as a Libertarian, over Hillary, Edwards or Obama, and certainly over any GOP candidate.

  20. Andrew Davey
    December 30, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    Art-

    I agree that Ron Paul is better than any of the other GOPers running. However, I’d NEVER vote for him over a Democrat in the GE. Sorry, but Ron Paul wants to abolish Social Security and Medicare, privatize almost everything, and return our foreign policy to a stance of misguided isolationism. Ron Paul is good on Iraq and Constitutional issues… And that’s about it. Other than that, he’s just another right-wing nutjob.

  21. December 30, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Unlike Ron “Dr. No” Paul, Hillary Clinton knows how the game is played. Does Pete Fundy really have to spell this out for you people?

    If we needed to invade and occupy another country in the Middle East for whatever reason, who would you rather have at the helm? Has Ron Paul ever bonded with conservatives at Saddleback Church? No. Has Ron Paul ever slept with a man who launched cruise missiles at Saddam Hussein? No. Has Ron Paul ever helped to arrange a Ron Brown or Vince Foster-like demise for someone who got in the way? Probably not.

    Pete Fundy is no fan of Hillary Clinton, but you have to admit that the woman has balls. Aside from Bill’s, I mean.

    Warmly yours,
    Pete Fundy
    Senior Editorial Writer
    OCLegend.Com

  22. December 30, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Pete,

    I concur! La Clintonista is a scary proposition. Plus I hear she b*tch slapped Bill after Monica-gate…

  23. Paul Lucas
    December 30, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    “That said, Paul is certainly preferable to the rest of the GOP hacks. And I will vote for him in the general, if he runs as a Libertarian, over Hillary, Edwards or Obama, and certainly over any GOP candidate. ”

    Art,
    Did you become some kind of hippy since I last saw you? Did you know that ron Paul wants to bring back slavery? He was recently quoted as saying that the Civil war was unnecessary.

    “Does Pete Fundy really have to spell this out for you people?”

    Pete, I am amused at your consistent reference to yourslef in the 3rd person. Please keep it up. I need some humor during this time of year as I suffer from Seasonal Affinity Disorder and get depressed on dark and gloomy days.

  24. Andrew Davey
    December 30, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Pete-

    Now you’ve lost it. Did Richard Mellon Scaife just repossess your brain? Gimme a break.

    Art-

    WTF??!! “Monicagate” was nearly 10 years ago. If Hillary could forgive Bill and work with him to save their marriage, then I think you can stop bashing them over a personal crisis.

    Paul-

    You’re just far too gracious toward Pete. ;-)

  25. Anonymous
    December 30, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Andrew,
    The Lucas is never too gracious. The Lucas is just as gracious as need be. One thing i have come to understand in this mad mad world. You would be wise to trust the Lucas.

  26. December 30, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Pete Fundy has to hand it to you ladies at theLIBERALoc. You all take bullshit from conservatives quite well, despite your sassy claims to the contrary.

    A Happy New Year to all! May your boundless support for Loretta Sanchez get you into the next party at the Playboy Mansion very, very soon.

    Cheers, you LIBERALS!

    Warmly yours,
    Pete Fundy
    Senior Editorial Writer
    OCLegend.Com

  27. December 30, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Andrew,

    Miguel Pulido endorsed La Clintonista. That is all you need to know about her.

    Besides, her and Bill were no friends to immigrants. And Bush, as lame as he is, has appointed more Latinos than Bill ever did.

    I don’t want a return to the corruption of the Clinton era. Have you forgotten those awful pardons Bill made on the way out? I haven’t.

  28. Paul Lucas
    December 30, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    “I don’t want a return to the corruption of the Clinton era. Have you forgotten those awful pardons Bill made on the way out? I haven’t. ”

    Art,
    have you forgotten the commutation of Scooter Libby? have you forgotten the 4000 dead US Soldiers in Iraq? have you fogottn the countless (Half Million appx) dead Iraqi’s?

    Have you forgotten the 1994 Intervoew with Dick Cheney explaining why Bush 1 never invaded Iraq? Turns out he was right and now we are in the cluster fuck we are in Now.

    Have you forgotten Ron Paul saying that the Civil war was unecessary basically saying we should have a return to Slavery? Have you forgotten that Ron Paul attracts the legions of 35 year old virgins who live in their moms basements and play World of warcraft to the point they are going to have a WoW rally at a gnome and dwarf castle? (But wont be able to stand the sunlight long enough to go out and actually vote or walm precincts for their WoW hero)

    John Edwards is the candidate for the Country in 2008. Not Hillary. Not Ron WoW Paul. Who by the way is an outright racist and wants to send all your homies from La Raza back across the border.

    Anyway, my ranbt is over. Go Edwards!

  29. Anonymous
    December 30, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Fete Pundy.
    Youre just outright a seriously wierd dude. Does Libertarianism cause the breakout of refering to oneself in the 3rd person?

  30. Paul Lucas
    December 30, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Andrew? Are you deleting my comments? I posted a comment to repy to Art Pedroza and now its been deleted? Are you sensoring now?

  31. Bladerunner
    December 31, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Art: Pulido also endorsed Lou Correa. Is that all you need to know about Lou?

  32. Andrew Davey
    December 31, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Paul-

    No, I’m not deleting anything here. So your comments aren’t appearing? Hmmm, that’s weird…
    But no, you’re probably the least offensive community member still commenting on this crazy thread! ;-)

    Art-

    WHAAAAAA??!! OK, that’s just silly. Who brought about the strongest economy in decades, a period of record growth, rising incomes, and good jobs? Oh yes, that’s right- BILL CLINTON. Who brought about less debt and more budget surplus? Oh yes, that’s right- BILL CLINTON. Who made sure that our nation was respected and admired abroad, not detested due to the “cowboy diplomacy” of invading countries that did nothing to threaten us (what Bush & Cheney have done)? Oh yes, I remember again- BILL CLINTON.

    I think the first Clinton Administration was much better for Latinos, as well as the rest of the nation. And believe it or not, I think a second Clinton Administration with Hillary at the helm will do even MORE for Latinos. She’s promising comprehensive immigration reform that doesn’t criminalize people, a “clean and green energy” agenda that takes care of the climate crisis affecting ALL OF US as new jobs are created in this country, and more investment in education- from universal pre-k to making college more affordable for working families- that will help EVERYONE in this nation.

    That’s why I choose Hillary. :-)

  33. Paul Lucas
    December 31, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Andrew, my cooment has re-appeared. I posted it. It went away and then it came back all within about 2 hours. It was wierd. But its been fixed so no harm no foul. I hope everyone has a nice New Years. Oh and a Happy Holidays.

  34. someone
    December 31, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    I like Ron Paul and creative campaigning but I am staunchly opposed to campaigning in World of Warcraft, it is detrimental to his campaign and it feeds into hysteria that only freaks, shut-ins, and “internet gaming peoples” like his campaign.

    no candidate will make any difference to orange county anyways so there is little reason to vote.

    also vote rigging.

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