You are correct. Ron Paul was running an educational campaign. I have no doubt that he would accept a floor nomination, but I think that he really wants to retire and hand the baton to someone else. He will not run third party, if for no other reason than that would undermine Rand's political prospects even in Kentucky. The Tea Party has a duel personality; on one side are the libertarians and the other the older "Reagan Republicans" who are not neocons, but do favor social conservatism. It's the latter side that wanted Bachman, Cain or Santorum as the alternative to Romney and couldn't manage it. The person that I'm thinking of is fairly popular on both sides of the Tea Party, is a nationally known name, and consistantly causes fits in the far left.
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