'Nerd' Ron Paul Was Right After All
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2009 7:23 PM CDT
House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, asks questions of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson)
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(Newser) – Boy, the winter of 2007-2008 seems like a lifetime ago. Back then, Ron Paul was "the class nerd" at Republican primary debates, eliciting eye-rolls and laughter with seemingly bizarre opinions. Now, Paul's "rants about the Federal Reserve, monetary policy and the devaluation of the dollar" are the only issues conservatives can hang their hats on, Josh Skolnick writes in The Stimulist.

Five months after President Obama was sworn in, conservative issues like war and abortion are garnering little attention. But the "tea party" tax protests 2 months ago filled headlines—and "that kind of stridently libertarian, anti-feds message comes straight from the Ron Paul hymnal," writes Skolnick. As mainstream GOPpers rush to make up with Paul, he could have a comeback, saying "he was dissing the Federal Reserve before it was cool."