There have always been two strains of true populism in American politics. On the progressive side there are leaders such as Howard Dean. On the conservative side there are authentic conservatives such as Ron Paul. Neither President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-CIA chief calls Trump intel shakeup a 'virtual decapitation' of the intelligence community Five takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Obama sends birthday wishes to John Lewis: 'Thanks for making good trouble' MORE nor the banking and Wall Street Republicans are legitimate populists, and Sarah Palin is a polyester populist compared to Ron Paul!

Congratulations to Ron Paul for his stunning and well-earned victory at the conservative meeting. Paul is a true conservative in the classic sense who enriches our national debate and is respected by friends and foes alike.