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The GOP And The 'Moneybomb'

Ron Paul is well-known for his "moneybombs". Hell, he built his entire run for the Presidency on the fact that his supporters could raise millions of dollars on the Internet.

Now, it appears that another Republican candidate, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, is attempting (and succeeding?) with that strategy. However, there appear to pitfalls within the process. Kos:
Brown has been caught in a vice. His support from teabaggers was critical to becoming competitive -- his moneybomb on Monday was the first real moneybomb conservative activists have ever pulled off (the Paulites are libertarians). This has definite parallels to OH-02 in 2006, when we raised big money for Paul Hackett. While we narrowly lost that race (like Brown hopefully does), it was a big step ahead for us as a movement, teaching us how to effectively rally around a movement candidate. Well, Brown is the conservative movement's Hackett.

On the other hand, that conservative support has come at a cost. Among other things, Brown has had to promise to be the 41st vote against health care reform. The teabaggers demand ideological purity, and he's had to deliver. Not that it's been tough, given that he's voted with his party's leadership in the state legislature 96 percent of the time. That was okay when Democrats didn't know he existed and he could try to slip in under the radar. Now that this race is a national sensation, the spotlight is trained squarely on his record.
Weigel adds:
This is important, even if it truncates some history. Republican congressional candidates Jim Ogonowki (2007) and Jim Tedisco (2009) were adopted by the conservative “rightroots” and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in moneybombs, although they lost their elections. But this race quickly confirmed that the conservative base, for all the talk of civil war between activists and leaders, desperately wants to influence the GOP and bring it some election wins.
The Brown V. Coakley race in Massachusetts is really heating up... and getting expensive. And more interesting.