It all started about 24hours ago, Shane was brewing up some New Mexico Pinon Coffee from Trader Joe’s. He had picked it up that night and was too curious to wait until the morning.  Halfway across the state, I was sitting in bed next to my wife, working on my new website (republican4aday.com), while in the background CNN played the drama unfolding over the last minute budget extension.

Then it happened:

Seconds later hundreds of supporters flooded the site to show their support, crashing the server.  Service returned shortly but was spotty, we’ve never had quite this much traffic, although last summer’s live-feed of Beck’s rally came close.

Several Paul supporters started complaining in the comment section of the congressman’s original link.  Some thought the site was a bit weak if it couldn’t handle a ‘little’ volume spike.  As you may know, Paul has attracted a few conspiracy theorist, and sure enough, some thought we at caffeinated thoughts were somehow preventing them from voting.  After a little explaining from our end, I think most understood the situation and decided to try back later.

A little spike may have been a bit of an understatement:

People continued to follow the link throughout the day.  In just 24hours the post had over 11,000 hits.  Putting it just shy of the current all time record holder ‘Twenty Items of Interest‘ which has been a consistent favorite on the site and routinely gets about a dozen hits a day, accumulating it’s 11k+ hits over the course of the last 3 years.

So it was a very interesting, might say caffeinated 24 hours.  So at the end of the day what does it mean.  Well, the results of the poll will probably be a bit skewed.  But the fact that a possible presidential candidate (or at least high level staff) is keeping his eye on caffeinated thoughts probably says a lot about its place in Iowa politics.  He recognizes that many politically active Iowans turn here for news and insightful commentary.  In just a few years Shane VanderHart has created one high quality and influential blog, and I am thankful to be a part of it.

As a side note, the episode finally got Shane, a die-hard Palin fan, to ‘like’ Dr. Paul (don’t worry Shane the secret is safe with me).  As a behind the lines Paul supporter, looks like my work here is done.

32 comments
  1. People explain it off as “Paulbots” calling supporters names like children. Ron Paul appeals to people of ALL types. Liberty unites. I have seen well to do businessmen to partygoers, to in 2008 MORE MILITARY TROOPS donated to Ron Paul then ALL other candidates combined.
    To cover it up by just thinking it is just a few online hackers? Pathetic. Wake up people. Wake up and realize our country has been flushed down the toilet. We have been robbed blind, and Paul is the only one with the honesty, and honor to stand up and fight for OUR liberty since the 70’s.
    Please people pull your heads out of your own asses.

  2. Thanks for shouting out to all the Ron Paul supporters. We’re growing, and explaining his policies to our friends. Every-time a nation issue comes up, I mention Ron Paul’s attitude and most of my friends like his point-of-view. He will get more than 6% in the Republican nomination. Hopefully enough to be the candidate, and if not, big enough to not have a majority winner which leads to propaganda and no debate.

  3. Thanks, Dustin!

    But you could have done without the conspiracy theorist spin. it doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to notice that some blogs (not this one) are unfair with Ron Paul polls. We pass them around, as I believe the Sarah Palin supporters do as well, and so we often win. They pretend WE are cheating sort of like unscrupulous businessmen say ‘everyone does it’ when they cheat people, and pull Ron from their polls. One poll recently first pulled Ron’s name, mid poll, then pulled ‘other’ when ‘other’ started beating the other candidates. They had a very specific favorite (not Governor Palin, as it happens.) Some blogs are fairer than others, but this one has been ok.

    To the poster saying we can do better than 11000, a lot of people couldn’t get through, and there was this glitch that showed only Bachmann as a choice (great if you’re a Bachmann supporter, not so much, otherwise.) However, Shane said the poll would be open for a while, so they still have a chance to vote!

  4. The 5% of the paranoid and angry Ron Paul supporters are a cross us other 90% have to bear. Unfortunately, that 5% makes about 90% of the comment posts.

    Enjoyed your blog. You have a good blogroll too. I guess that sometimes Ron Paul supporters get a bit rankled as we watch what he was preaching about in 2007/2008 essentially happen right before our eyes with a debt/currency crisis coming into view — yet nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. The neoconservative wing of the Republican Party has made it a bit uncomfortable for the traditional conservative wing, and so I think that also creates so friction.

    Will check back on your blog to see how events in Iowa unfold. In the mean time, we all hope you guys have a bountiful harvest and that farmers get their corn/beans into the ground on time.

    God Bless!

  5. The 5% of the paranoid and angry Ron Paul supporters are a cross us other 90% have to bear. Unfortunately, that 5% makes about 90% of the comment posts.

    Enjoyed your blog. You have a good blogroll too. I guess that sometimes Ron Paul supporters get a bit rankled as we watch what he was preaching about in 2007/2008 essentially happen right before our eyes with a debt/currency crisis coming into view — yet nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. The neoconservative wing of the Republican Party has made it a bit uncomfortable for the traditional conservative wing, and so I think that also creates so friction.

    Will check back on your blog to see how events in Iowa unfold. In the mean time, we all hope you guys have a bountiful harvest and that farmers get their corn/beans into the ground on time.

    God Bless!

  6. “The 5% of the paranoid and angry Ron Paul supporters are a cross us other 90% have to bear. Unfortunately, that 5% makes about 90% of the comment posts.”

    So true, FYI most Paul supporters I know are member of my church, College Park Baptist (Orlando, FL) and are not conspiracy theorists in any way. It’s sad they don’t have as much time to read internet news and post comments as even me (because I too don’t comment on much at all) or the die hard conspirators (who post on about every article).

  7. Awesome!! Of course Ron Paul (like most legislators) probably would not make a good president. If you disagree I submit to you the current legislator in chief occupying the White House.

    1. Kansas Bob, Ron Paul’s record is much more consistent and wholly different from Obama’s.

      Thanks, Shane, not just for the poll, but for the other articles I’ve seen here since you had that annual poll, a while back…

      1. @sailing – No argument from me on that. My thinking is that legislators are better off staying legislators and let execs, like governors, run for president. Better to have a person with executive in that office than a legislator. Ever wonder why Ron Paul or Barack Obama has never run for the governor of their state?

      2. @sailing – No argument from me on that. My thinking is that legislators are better off staying legislators and let execs, like governors, run for president. Better to have a person with executive in that office than a legislator. Ever wonder why Ron Paul or Barack Obama has never run for the governor of their state?

      3. It’s really more about principles than experience. Bush was a governor and I don’t think many conservatives would argue he was a good president.

      4. Probably more about people who are leaders with principles. Not saying that legislators can’t be leaders (they do lead in some ways). Just saying that they choose legislating over other types of leadership for a reason.
        .

      5. Bob, what level of cross-over is there between executive and legislative positions at the state level? I can think of two governors from my state of New Hampshire who were governors, then US senators, Judd Gregg and Jeane Shaheen. Legislators often RUN for executive positions. Some must surely win. How have they performed once in executive positions? Bottom line, I doubt there is anything so clear-cut as Type A’s for executive and Type B’s for legislature.

    2. Completely illogical. First of all your sample size of one, statistically speaking, is too small. Second, there is no logical correlation that connects legislator with bad president.

      I think more logical is: if you get elected president, you will be viewed as a bad president. Especially now at this stage of the ponzi scheme we call an economy.

      Honestly, I think that Ron Paul is the only person that has a shot at being viewed as a good president (and it’s probably a long shot). But he does understands the problems we are in all the way to the root cause – fiat money. The reason he got into politics over 30 years ago was because he foresaw the problems that are culminating now. He has been preaching the same message since the begining, and people have called him a kook, belittled him, and dismissed him as an extremists… Through it all, he never waivered. Now, all of the sudden, people are realizing that Holy $hit, Ron Paul was right.

  8. *laughs* Well, I’m glad that the really annoying folks that follow him when he’s “cool” didn’t show up! (They, to steal from below, are the 5% that the 5% who are paranoid and angry have to bear.)

  9. If he was included fairly in polls and not ignored there might not be such a push to come to his defense. He has for years been ignored by the media and the pollsters. Thats what people are excited about. Give him a chance and he will do quite well. Realistically he has is the only real choice for president. I mean really, he has remained consistent on his views for thirty (30) years. Ron Paul 2012!

  10. I remember this poll. It wouldn’t let me vote for Ron Paul, so I started spreading rumors about how it was rigged by the reptillian aliens who run the world through their manipulation of politics! haha, just joking.

    Just went on to vote again though and still couldn’t though… maybe it’s just my computer… nah, it’s the aliens!

  11. I remember this poll. It wouldn’t let me vote for Ron Paul, so I started spreading rumors about how it was rigged by the reptillian aliens who run the world through their manipulation of politics! haha, just joking.

    Just went on to vote again though and still couldn’t though… maybe it’s just my computer… nah, it’s the aliens!

  12. I’m one of those that flooded the site. Just a couple days late. Ron Paul 2012!! From Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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