Ron Paul could be GOP kingmaker

The mainstream media continue to underestimate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is making a strong bid for third place and a potential kingmaker role at the Republican convention. This has been my take all along. As the wannabes fade away, drop out, don't run or evaporate, Dr. Paul is the tortoise sneaking up on the hare.

The Trump fraud is over. The Gingrich fiasco is fading fast. Pundits who say Gingrich has a good chance should have their pundit license taken away. Palin will ultimately not run; she is another media creation. She almost certainly has a private deal with Roger Ailes at Fox that she will not run. Chris Christie is not close to ready, and he knows it. But Paul and his followers keep moving on, straight ahead.

Ron Paul will do better in primary and caucus voting than he does in polls, because his people are very highly motivated. He will raise more money per small donor than the others, for the same reason. In some polls he is beginning to show up in the top three to four nationally and top two to three in New Hampshire. Watch out. He is moving under the radar.

I expect a gigantic super-duper Ron Paul money bomb in the near future.

I do believe Michele Bachmann will run, and I believe she is more formidable than Palin. Of course, I never agree with her, but she is very politically skilled and organized and a main competitor to Paul and others on the more conservative side.

If the Republican field shapes up as a string of candidates all bunched around 15 percent, watch out for Ron Paul, who could easily reach 15 percent.

I do not believe Paul will be nominated, but he might have enough delegates to determine who is, in a large field without a clear winner. Major political media ignore Dr. Paul at their peril.