By Adam Bitely
Most recent polls indicate that Ron Paul is in the lead in Iowa.
Other polls around the nation indicate a growing level of support. After
years of being painted as a kooky Congressman from Texas, it seems
that Ron Paul may have finally hit the mainstream.
Since late summer, GOP primary voters have flipped back and forth on
who they deem the conservative choice against Mitt Romney. First it was
Michele Bachmann. Then it was Rick Perry. And then it was Herman Cain.
And then came Newt. And now Paul, it seems, is getting his shot at
being the anti-Romney choice.
How far things have come since Paul was treated as the red-headed
step-child of the GOP in 2008 when he was relegated to the back of the
line and treated as some sort of radioactive creature that needed to be
disposed of immediately.
All the while, he stayed true to the principles of limited
At no point in Paul’s recent rise has anyone had to point out that
his positions are recently taken. Unlike Newt and Mitt, Ron Paul has
been consistent with his platform. He has not had to explain why he
changed his mind to oppose health care individual mandates or why we
don’t need the government to enforce climate change policies. Paul has
been a consistent opponent of anything that will increase the size of
the federal government.
But here is where things will get as dicey as they can possibly get.
If Paul wins in Iowa, he will have to fight for the life of his
campaign as he heads on to the ensuing contests.
His Iowa victory will be belittled. Those in the media will claim
that the Iowa results were meaningless. Keep that in mind as they try to
mention who finished second behind Paul, as they will claim that the
second place result will somehow have meaning…
and Conservative elites have come out and announced that if Paul wins
Iowa, the results of the caucuses should be ignored. So much for
Whether you support him or not, at least Ron Paul has been a
consistent candidate. And that consistency is helping him gain support.
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