Is This Ron Paul's Moment?
Gail Collins admires Paul's consistency, but still concludes he has no chance
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2011 9:44 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a Republican presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Most experts have written off Ron Paul's chances of getting the Republican nomination, but the steady libertarian candidate is "definitely having a moment," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times. Frank and up-front about his beliefs, Paul rarely dodges questions, even about hot-button subjects. "Paul is the only person running for president in either party who seems determined to be consistent, come hell or high water."

Collins respects Paul's willingness to tackle his own party's position and power brokers—he called Dick Cheney a "chicken-hawk" in one of his books. "Really, you can’t totally dislike the guy," she writes. But despite Paul's strength in the polls, Collins, too, concludes that he's too far from the GOP mainstream to get its nomination, as he opposes the Patriot Act, the war on terror, the war on drugs, the death penalty, the CIA, marriage licenses, and more. "Basically, Paul seems to want to revert to the 18th century, when every bank could set its own monetary policy and every community ran its own schools," she writes.

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Nov 28, 2011 1:59 PM CST
I saw Ron Paul last week at a town-hall kind of thing they were having at my school. A question about the possibility of a state-run health care option was met with a frank "No." I didn't like his answer, but I liked his straightforward reply - hard to find with most candidates on that side of the fence. I don't like a lot of the guy's views (I do like a few; anti-war, anti-DRUG war, pro-freedom), but you have to admit he is probably the best choice out of all those GOP contenders.
Nov 28, 2011 11:30 AM CST
For all of these people who think Paul is so crazy, who would you rather have? I mean, honestly...Bachman? Cain? Perry? Gingrich?! NO, NO, NO AND HELL NO. They are flip flopping puppets who are just trying to get their own reality show while Paul can actually divise his own innovative ideas as to how to repair this country. It is beyond me how we keep voting for the same two people who plunge this Union into more and more debt and trouble.
Nov 27, 2011 6:47 AM CST
A simple answer: No. As for consistency - the KKK is consistent as well, that's not grounds for admiration.