Over the weekend Ron Paul won a big victory in the California straw poll, leaving Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in the dust. And polls are starting to show Paul in third place, though many media covering the campaign, imitating Pravda under the Soviets, ignore Ron Paul in their insistence the Republican contest is a two-person race.

The issue here is not merely Ron Paul, who has earned far more respectful coverage than he has ever received. It is the Pravda-like herd of insider media who believe some candidates (like Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE and Rick Perry) should be treated with media festivals, while others (like Ron Paul) are treated like the Soviet dissidents who disappeared into the gulag during the Cold War, and were treated by the Soviets as though they did not exist.

Give Drudge credit for this, at least: He did give fair and prominent coverage to the Ron Paul victory in California last weekend. I do not usually find myself allied with Drudge, but this time he is right. Ron Paul earned a good headline. And I will credit CNN for giving Paul the credit he deserves for California.

I write about Ron Paul often, because he is not being given the fair treatment by most major media that his clear political achievements should merit from serious and objective political analysts.

I once wrote that Paul will be in this campaign long after Donald Trump. I now believe he will be in this campaign long after Rick Perry, whom I expect to flame out. Whether I am right or wrong about Perry, Ron Paul won a big victory in California. He deserves his due. He is now beginning to move into third place, an important matter worthy of serious attention from serious political analysts who do more than report what they tell each other at lunch.