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US News & World Report: Dismiss Ron at your Peril

Texas Rep. Ron Paul's 2012 supporters are balking at the little attention the candidate received since his second place finish at the Ames Straw Poll.

Pundits and the news media (including U.S. News) have paid little attention to Paul's performance, and comedian Jon Stewart took cable news reporters to task for blatantly skipping over Paul or even joking about how they weren't interested in footage of him.

Paul fans are notoriously intense in their support for the Texas congressman and his libertarian ideals. Read any online article that references Paul—or fails to reference Paul—and you'll see a string of comments defending him against what they see as a media bias or attempt to sideline their candidate. [Check out a roundup of political cartoons on the 2012 GOP candidates.]

Political strategists and journalists do appear to be treating Paul as an unelectable fringe candidate. But is he? Or will some of his ideas prevail in the 2012 campaign?

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