"So why did they take such heavy handed measures? Were they simply just annoyed? Scared? A little bit of both?"Here is the answer...
This really does say it all (click on graph to enlarge):
Live graph here. Hat tip to commenter John Campbell at Donklephant.
The sad answer, is that this is a textbook case of P.E. (Popularity Envy). Ron Paul is simply bigger than RedState, and this is understandably difficult for Erick and company to accept. While Ron Paul's large growing popularity continues to surge and thrust ever upward, RedState's flaccid popularity seems small, shrunken, perhaps even impotent by comparison. When you really look at it, it is kind of pathetic.