Ron Paul never thunders, but he's a lightning rod anywaySubmitted by soule on Thu, 02/25/2010 - 10:47
By Paul Mulshine/The Star Ledger
February 25, 2010, 5:40AM
The talking heads of America are outraged at Ron Paul once again. They dismissed him in 2007, dissed him in 2008 and ignored him in 2009. And now he’s got the nerve to win the presidential straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Washington last weekend.
The winner of that poll is often considered the consensus leader in the race for the next GOP presidential nomination. When Mitt Romney won it last time around, he was seen as something of a sure thing in an otherwise weak field.
Well the 2012 field is even weaker than last time around. But across the spectrum, the pundits agree that the Texas congressman has no business being in it. Newsweek proclaimed Paul "probably won’t run again for president in 2012 and almost certainly wouldn’t win the Republican nomination if he did." The Fox News crowd repeated the "Paul is dead" mantra as if the congressman were a Beatle. As for Glenn Beck, who spoke at CPAC, he termed the winner of 31 percent of the audience’s votes "a crazy, kooky guy."
Quite an achievement for a man who may be the single most unexciting speaker in American politics today. I mean that as high praise. The U.S. Constitution is a dry, unemotional document. And Paul, as its leading proponent in Congress, is a dry, unemotional guy.
So why do his opponents get worked up into such a fervor?
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