Ron Paul money bomb pulls in more than $1m

Contributions have been pouring into the Texas congressman's campaign since Valentine's Day.

Ron Paul is defying the notion that winning early GOP primaries is essential to continued fundraising success. The fiery Texas congressman who wants to abolish the US Federal Reserve and re-peg the dollar to the gold standard has yet to win a GOP primary or caucus - although votes are still outstanding in Maine - yet he continues to raise large amounts of cash and draw throngs of enthusiastic supporters.

Just how much dough is the Paul campaign pulling in?

Paul launched a money bomb - that term was popularized during Paul's last presidential run - on Valentine's Day, and has raised more than $1.2m since, according to the running count on his campaign site.

The Texas congressman is hoping for strong showings in Washington, where he has several stops planned, and the slew of states that vote on Super Tuesday. He also hopes for a turnaround in Maine. The Paul camp believes Romney's 194-vote edge in that state could vanish as caucus results are re-examined and outstanding communities vote this coming weekend.

Momentum in primaries is a funny animal, and with only three contests between now and the March 6 Super Tuesday contests, the game will largely be one of fundraising. Despite being a distant fourth in the delegate count, Paul's uncanny ability to raise money makes his campaign more viable than those of most other fourth-place candidates at this juncture would be.

And it makes the race to determine Obama's opponent all the more curious.

Although Paul's gold standard when it comes to fundraising - of late, anyways - has some befuddled as to how to characterize his standing, the waters could be more muddy. "As Maine goes, so goes the nation" does not appear to be witnessing a comeback in 2012.

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“Trembling, shaking / Oh, my heart is aching”: the EU out campaign song will give you chills

But not in a good way.

You know the story. Some old guys with vague dreams of empire want Britain to leave the European Union. They’ve been kicking up such a big fuss over the past few years that the government is letting the public decide.

And what is it that sways a largely politically indifferent electorate? Strikes hope in their hearts for a mildly less bureaucratic yet dangerously human rights-free future? An anthem, of course!

Originally by Carly You’re so Vain Simon, this is the song the Leave.EU campaign (Nigel Farage’s chosen group) has chosen. It is performed by the singer Antonia Suñer, for whom freedom from the technofederalists couldn’t come any suñer.

Here are the lyrics, of which your mole has done a close reading. But essentially it’s just nature imagery with fascist undertones and some heartburn.

"Let the river run

"Let all the dreamers

"Wake the nation.

"Come, the new Jerusalem."

Don’t use a river metaphor in anything political, unless you actively want to evoke Enoch Powell. Also, Jerusalem? That’s a bit... strong, isn’t it? Heavy connotations of being a little bit too Englandy.

"Silver cities rise,

"The morning lights,

"The streets that meet them,

"And sirens call them on

"With a song."

Sirens and streets. Doesn’t sound like a wholly un-authoritarian view of the UK’s EU-free future to me.

"It’s asking for the taking,

"Trembling, shaking,

"Oh, my heart is aching."

A reference to the elderly nature of many of the UK’s eurosceptics, perhaps?

"We’re coming to the edge,

"Running on the water,

"Coming through the fog,

"Your sons and daughters."

I feel like this is something to do with the hosepipe ban.

"We the great and small,

"Stand on a star,

"And blaze a trail of desire,

"Through the dark’ning dawn."

Everyone will have to speak this kind of English in the new Jerusalem, m'lady, oft with shorten’d words which will leave you feeling cringéd.

"It’s asking for the taking.

"Come run with me now,

"The sky is the colour of blue,

"You’ve never even seen,

"In the eyes of your lover."

I think this means: no one has ever loved anyone with the same colour eyes as the EU flag.

I'm a mole, innit.