The "Paulites" who joined us in the comments this week may be on to something. A new Time magazine article posted in Yahoo News gives Ron Paul even more ink and raises some impressive numbers on the 72 year old former obstetrician who is, quite inexplicably, gaining traction among college students.
According to Time, Paul "is not only drawing impressive crowds (more than 2,000 at a post-debate rally at the University of Michigan last month) but also raising tons of cash. In the third quarter of 2007, Paul took in $5.3 million (just slightly less than G.O.P. rival John McCain), mostly in small, individual donations."
But hype or no, the GOP isn't much interested in this old coot coming in and stealing the thunder of one of the approved old coots.
Again from Time:
"His supporters are the equivalent of crabgrass," says G.O.P. consultant Frank Luntz. "It's not the grass you want, and it spreads faster than the real stuff. They just like him because he's the most anti-Establishment of all the candidates, the most likely to look at the camera during the debates and say, 'Hey, Washington, f--- you.'"
Paul himself doesn't expect to win the nomination (much to our new friend Miranda's chagrin), but don't expect him to pull a McCain and endorse a phony. "If I said, 'Giuliani's a great guy, and he'll reduce subsidies and bring the troops home'? I couldn't do that."
Maybe he could go work with Pat Buchanan at MSNBC.