Ron Paul came in second in the Iowa straw poll, 200 votes behind Michele Bachmann and almost twice as many votes as the third place candidate, Tim Pawlenty. The pundit coverage afterwards dismissed Paul, and most didn't even mention his name. A couple of pundits said Paul always does good in the straw polls, although last year he came in 5th in Iowa's straw poll. Paul was in a virtual tie with Bachmann despite not spending much money in Iowa unlike Bachmann who was born in Iowa and spent a lot of money getting votes out, including giving out 6000 tickets to the event.
The point is that the media pretend Paul doesn't exist no matter how he good he does among grass roots supporters. Paul's message is resonating with more and more Americans as time goes on. One Iowan reporter, before the results were announced, said that she heard voters saying they would switch their votes to Santorum because of Paul's foreign policy position. Santorum hardly registered.
I will end this series by restating that Ron Paul is hitting a nerve among Americans who are tired of government intervention in foreign countries and in our economy. The media will make Paul look like an isolationist crank who would put America at risk of terrorist attack, but many Americans see through the constant fear mongering which supports the military/industrial complex. Paul realizes we need a first-class defense, but we have the technological proficiency to protect our country without nation-building and enriching defense contractors. The slogs in Afghanistan and Iraq speak for themselves, and our folly in Libya is hidden by the media because it's such a wrong-headed move. Once Americans can get over feeling as if they're betraying the military by demanding exits from the mideast, you'll see the underlying desire to bring our troops home and to close our military bases in rich countries which should be defending themselves.
Paul is on the right track with his foreign policy position, and he's the only candidate with enough courage to tell the truth -- the rest are either avoiding the issue or pandering to what they think is a hawkish American Right. The time has come for honesty and courage -- we've seen enough political spinning and propaganda. Perhaps Paul will be marginalized once again, but he's the only candidate with serious ideas and integrity in the race. America needs to do something radically positive for our country -- they need to elect Ron Paul.