The irony of a dark horse candidate raising such an amazing sum on a day that honors an attempt to blow up the British Parliament was probably lost on his Republican counterparts. However, in this campaign, he has now trumped all Republican front-runners. Only Clinton and Obama have raised more money in a single day.
Paul, 72, says this sum sets a one-day online fundraising record. (It was $2.7 million in 16 hours.) What's also amazing is that this Pennsylvanian-turned-Texan physician isn't technologically (or popular culture) savvy. He is, however, dead-set against the war in Iraq (the only Republican candidate), wants to abolish the Federal Reserve (
and return to the gold standard "only gold and silver should be legal tender"), and opposes abortion.
I hope that the enthusiasm for civic engagement that has been stimulated by his candidacy extends beyond next summer's convention, with its probable disappointment. Dark horse rabble-rousers usually get squashed; just ask the Howard Dean supporters.