Will 2008 be remembered as the “Youtube Election”? I don’t think broadband internet usage is widespread enough in the US for it yet, but the Youtube effect can’t be ignored. Ron Paul, an incredible long-shot with very little campaign funding to begin with has harnessed the same sort of viral internet marketing that has built so many online businesses over the past few years. He has actually made the transition from the “answer to a trivia question”, as one commenter put it, to broadcast TV coverage.

Ron Paul on The Daily Show with John Stewart

Ron Paul on Tucker Carlson
The Galveston Flood and Hurricane Katrina

Ron Paul On Real Time With Bill Maher (3-30-07)
A tough interview. Bill Maher is very skeptical of Ron Paul.

Bill Maher Defends Ron Paul’s Debate Position
Bill Maher asks why no Democrats have the spine to stand up to the Neocons on the war.

Ron Paul On Real Time With Bill Maher (05/25/07)
Maher is now thoroughly won over. Ben Affleck also present.

Ron Paul on Colbert Report 6/13/07
It’s not easy to for Colbert’s character to decide what to think.

By the time he made it to Colbert’s studios, it was clear that Ron Paul’s web-roots support was starting to translate into people on the streets in the real world.

Update: A commenter has called my attention to another video that looks about as mainstream as it gets
“The View” with Joy Behar and Rosie O’Donnell