1. Where's the mass of cyber-puffer-fish for Tancredo, Thompson, Hunter, whomever. Paul is well on the radar like a thunderhead.
2. Where it will matter will be in Iowa, Arizona, and New Hampshire. The Bushbots will show up at the polls and caucuses, but they are visible and part of the party machine. Paul's supporters are grass-roots. They haven't figured out they are fighting an insurgency. A distributed system. Something hard to count. There's plenty of time to get organized to do a surprise in the early races.
3. The above would happen even if there wasn't as much media buzz. One of the polls between Paul and Guliani included "Who's Ron Paul". But Who's Guilani is a relevant question. Why is a mayor and ex-prosecutor running for President? Paul should grow slowly in name recognition. All he offers is integrity, so even if you disagree with him, you know where he stands and he has the track record to prove it - that is what the shouting match showed. That makes him different from every other candidate. Even their supporters are pointing out Obama and Clinton are trying to become gray on recent votes on immigration and the war.
4. They have an army, we have tens of thousands of minutemen. All they need do is show up at the critical moment. The army is likely to be sleeping (George Washington at Trenton comes to mind). And the cyberpolls are an indication of that. If he beat others by 80%, it would be clearly some spamming, but he is about where you would expect him to be. Is aunt ruth who can't handle a remote going to text-message for Guiliani going to show up on primary day? We'll see.