Alex Massie

A New and Benign Independence Day!

A New and Benign Independence Day!
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Look, one of the charming aspects of Ron Paul's Presidential campaign is its amateur nature. By which I mean, of course, the puppyish and extrovert enthusiasm of his supporters. Which other candidate's peeps, for instance, would decide that what their campaign lacks is a blimp?

Well, one intrepid band of Paulistas wants to raise the $350,000 they say it will cost to have a Paul Blimp fly over these great United States of America. As they put it:

Imagine.. the mainstream media is mesmerized as the image of the Ron Paul blimp is shown to tens of millions of Americans throughout the day (and throughout the month). Wolf Blizter, stunned and as if in a trance, repeats the words "Amazing, Amazing".

As GPS co-ordinates stream to the website a map shows the Ron Paul blimp's location in real time. The local Television stations broadcast it's every move. The curious flock together and make a trip see history in the making. Emails with pictures are sent, then forwarded, then forwarded again. Youtube videos go viral and reach tens of millions of views. Ron Paul becomes the first presidential candidate in history to have his very own blimp. The PR stunt generates millions upon millions of dollars worth in free publicity, and captures the imagination of America.


If you're an American and feel like contributing to this worthy and entertaining cause, click here.

[Caveat: I assume it's not a scam.]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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