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Ron Paul is the undisputed “internet candidate”, but he’s not the only one to get a boost from Youtube. Barack Obama has also been able to turn the net to his advantage, largely due to his mild anti-war stance. Despite the vast number of political connections and pre-built fundraising infrastructure that Hillary Clinton has at her disposal, Obama has beaten her out as the top fund raiser. The internet is almost certainly the reason.

Vote Different
This ad is a re-mix of Apple’s famous anti-IBM ad played during the 1984 superbowl. Now, Hillary is “big brother”.

“I Got a Crush…On Obama”
This one is a music video.

While Obama doesn’t have nearly the number of videos out there, his popular videos are absolutely huge. They are also very, very well produced. For the most part, they focus on feelings, not political issues. This may be because Obama’s platform is so similar to Clinton’s.

Don’t tread on me
This video is completely about the issues, and is filled with debate clips and quotations.

Stop Dreaming
This video showcases Ron Paul’s most controversial ideas, once again with factual information.

I want Ron Paul
This is the only purely “emotional” Ron Paul video I managed to turn up. It is very low-budget compared to any of Obama’s. It is overflowing with conviction, though.

All in all, Ron Paul’s videos look more like a genuine grass-roots attempt. There are no sophisticated graphics, some words are misspelled, and each has a smaller reach. There are thousands of them, though! In total, Ron Paul’s Youtube channel has 19,887 subscribers, leaving Obama in a distant second with 8,736. No other candidate tops 5,000 yet.

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