Ron Paul isn’t going to be the next president, or even the GOP nominee. “And yet, in a sense, Ron Paul is winning the 2012 Republican presidential primary,” writes Dana Milbank in the Washington Post. Because Paul’s real goal is to push his Austrian economic theories into the mainstream, and he’s succeeding wildly. “The issues have come our way,” Paul tells Milbank. “The attitude of the whole country is shifting in our direction."
Some have asked why Paul’s not getting more press. The answer? “Last time, in 2008, Paul was ignored because his ideas sounded crazy,” Milbank writes, “This time, he’s being ignored because his ideas have become commonplace." The Tea Party is more or less founded on them, and now mainstream Republicans are even attacking the Federal Reserve, a major Paul bogeyman. “Who would’ve ever dreamed that, after 100 years, we’d be talking about the Federal Reserve at debates?” Paul marvels. “I mean, this is fantastic."