I hate politics and I hate the shameless schmucks that manipulate data and so-called conservatives who spew demagoguery pitting them against so-called liberals (whose major fault is a touching naivety) to produce distorted policies that serve a few special interests and leave the rest of us out in the cold.
And then I discovered Ron Paul.
That's Dr. Ron Paul.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Congressman (Rep) Ron Paul. A conservative from Texas.
Easy now, not everyone from Texas is stupid, any more than legacies from Yale.
It turns out Ron Paul is very popular among bloggers and technophiles (perhaps characterized by respect for reason, a middle-of-the-road kind of libertarianism and actual practicality). Yes, he has a health platform, most of which actually makes sense. I actually like his voting record, despite the APHA rating him at 53%. Although a relatively poor rating, it is the highest among Republicans running for President. (I would argue that the APHA's view is too unfriendly to business and will require raising taxes too much.)
I find it interesting that NPR has taken notice, but the conservative mafia are savaging him at every turn. Not real conservatives, you understand, just the goons currently running the GOP. Here is a Fox news article describing the internecine wars, written by an intelligent, tolerant, conservative journalist. This struggle between the GOP leadership and a former Libertarian presidential candidate probably seals the deal; Ron Paul has no chance. But he probably has a better chance of influencing policy than Dr. Dean ever had 4 years ago.