For six-months now, Republican voters, like an ensemble of bemused Barbie dolls, have hopscotched from one candidate to the next in search of conservative Ken. From Bachmann, to Trump, to Perry, to Cain, to Newt -- they have, in a curious and fickle display of fidelity, indeed navigated the contender gamut. That is, unless the contender is Ron Paul.
Perhaps not since Ronald Reagan has a Republican presidential candidate been so routinely disparaged, marginalized, and flouted in the incessant manner that Ron Paul has. He has been branded “anti-Semitic,” stamped “unelectable,” and written off as “nutty.” He has been omitted by the conservative intelligentsia; and he has been decried by neocons as a “dangerous isolationist.”
Certainly, the Republican establishment’s treatment of Ron Paul has been iniquitous. Yet, despite this treatment, Ron Paul has remained dignified, gracious, and on message. He has performed consistently well in the polls and debates; and he has refused to pander or waver to special interests or convention.