Some have called Paul's base of supporters a bunch of kooks. But, the following quote comes to mind when hearing that:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.That may or may not have been said by Gandhi, but it does describe what seems to be happening with Paul.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
'Mischief' voters push Paul to front of GOP race -- Ron Paul is surging in the Republican presidential race. Just not among Republicans.
The Texas congressman is leading some polls in Iowa and is in a tie for second in New Hampshire. A candidacy once dismissed as sideshow is now being taken very seriously; the front page of Monday's Des Moines Register featured a huge spread under the headline "COULD RON PAUL WIN?"
Given Paul's views on the Fed, the gold standard and social issues, not to mention his isolationist foreign policy, the polls have left some politicos wondering whether Republican voters have somehow swerved off the rails...
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul — (CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the 2012 GOP nomination. — Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich slammed Paul as out of line with mainstream Republican viewpoints, including his stance on Israel, Iran, and September 11.