Salon: Ron Paul will ruin the dreams of the 2012 fringe candidatesSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 09:50
Ron Paul is going to run for president again, and why not: It's his moment. The Republican Party borrowed his rhetoric wholesale (without also borrowing his principles) and used that "libertarian independent" magic to revitalize its tarnished brand. So why shouldn't the good doctor make another go of it? He's the original Tea Partyer and so on.
And so despite the fact that he'll be 77 on Election Day 2012, Paul is headed to Iowa, to deliver one of those speeches that candidates have to give, to weird groups that relish the opportunity to make would-be presidents dance.
This is good news, obviously, for Liberty -- political scientists estimate that adding Ron Paul to a Republican presidential debate increases that debate's Liberty by a factor of 12 -- but it is bad news for every other fringe candidate who hoped to be 2012's Ron Paul. Dave Weigel already pointed out the obvious loser: former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who appeals to professional libertarians because he's younger and less ... quirky than Paul.