To my liberal friend who won’t let the thought experiment of a Ron Paul presidency go:
Ron Paul, on the other hand, has no shot. No natural constituency capable of carrying him through the Republican primaries. No unexpected polling strength in an early primary state. And wait till his views on such weighty matters as abolishing the federal Medicare entitlement come into play. If he even inched towards a threat, he’d get crushed by the other candidates. As President, he probably wouldn’t do much damage as he’d be unable, both ideologically and operationally, to do anything at all, but speaking of Paul as president is like speaking of my parakeet as emperor. And though Mr. Tweets would be a fine emperor, it’s not a terribly useful thought experiment.
From Ezra Klein at Tapped.