Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has seen his numbers jump in recent polls, and some in the political press have suggested he could pull off a surprise upset in the Iowa caucuses next month.
National Review Online reports Paul has “amassed a small fortune for his campaign and built a strong ground operation.”
In addition, Paul’s latest TV ad seems to sell wholesale the type of small-government, budget-cutting conservatism that other candidates only retail.
But the Texas congressman is viewed by many in the party as a fringe figure for what they see as quixotic views on things like foreign policy and heroin legalization. Can he really cross the GOP finish line?
No way, says Mother Jones, citing Paul’s age (76), the limited appeal of his positions and the racially charged content of decades-old newsletters that bore his name.
Still, Paul seems to be catching some eyes. Here’s what S.C. state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, posted on his Facebook page earlier this week. (Davis had not yet endorsed a candidate.)