Lucy Steigerwald on Ron Paul, the Peacenik Republican


So far in the 2012 Republican presidential campaign, Rep. Ron Paul has more than doubled the number of votes he received in Iowa in 2008, more than tripled his vote count in New Hampshire, and nearly quintupled his vote count in South Carolina. The strength of his campaign has forced the other GOP candidates into humiliating and unpersuasive attempts to parrot Paul's economic policies, his warnings on unsustainable government spending, and particularly his attempt to end the reign of the Federal Reserve. But as Lucy Steigerwald observes, the policy area in which Paul seems to have the most trouble influencing the conversation is on war and foreign policy, an area where Paul is a staunch anti-interventionist. Would Paul go farther in the 2012 campaign if he toned down this anti-war stuff?