and I have been attacking the 'conversation started by Ron Paul' for nearly 5 years now: as long as I've been aware of his existence.
I agree he has no chance of getting through the machine and getting to be president. The problem is that he acts as a siren, luring people to attitudes of true evil, and making it respectable to some so-called progressives to be xenophobic, economically hard-right, anti-public-services, etc. There is the meme that paleoconservatives and right-libertarians are at least better than neocons. No, they aren't. The BNP are antiwar, and are *less* economically right-wing than Ron Paul; that doesn't make them a rational partner in dialogue for progressives.