Originally Posted by SnerpGoodWord
Don't worry, he's not being taken seriously now either. It's a LONG ways from writing racist newsletters to get elected in a mostly rural district in Texas to winning the presidential nomination.
One interesting thing though is that Ron Pauls' presence in the debates has definitely brought some of the other Republicans towards some of his views. Paul was basically the first Republican in 2008 to say anything about auditing, changing or closing the Federal Reserve, and now today almost every Republican candidate in the debates has talked about it as an important issue to address in order to help the American economy recover.
I've also noticed that it seems his policy of massive spending cuts has brought some of the other candidates closer to a big spending cut policy.
IMO, Ron Paul's most popular policies are simply his economic idea of massive federal spending cuts. The other candidates have noticed that "big spending cuts" = big applause from Republican audiences (who generally want smaller government), thus they've adopted some of those ideas while leaving Paul alone in his less popular ideas like abandoning the Middle East entirely or almost entirely.