12 Days Till Iowa: Ron Paul Is Not a PoliticianSubmitted by krmaya on Thu, 12/22/2011 - 10:27
By Joe Klein
I watched Ron Paul deliver his stump speech -- to large and loving crowds -- twice yesterday and he did a very strange thing for a political front-runner. He emphasized the things traditional Republicans are least likely to approve in his libertarian appeal. He began each speech with a long, discursive section on foreign policy -- citing George Washington, Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush, among others, on the perils of entangling alliances, the military-industrial complex and nation-building.