Ron Paul Will Never Win in 2012, But Why Is He So Popular?

I find the massive following Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has be the most interesting phenomenon in politics today.

He definitely has the most loyal, passionate, and actively involved fan base of any politician in America. His supporters make their presence felt in every online poll, forum, and blog. They make their voices heard at rallies, town halls, and debates. I bet he’s even got more fans on PolicyMic than any other politician, including Obama. His influence and appeal among the millennial generation is unquestionably strong and they defend his stances and views harder than any other supporters I know.

Yet come every election year when he runs for president, he never wins a single state. In both 2008 and 2012, he’s yet to obtain a majority in any primary. Polls have also shown his support significantly lowers the older the age group is (ironic, considering he’s 76). 

I have my theories, but I’d like to get the PolicyMic community’s thoughts (particularly from his fans) on these questions: How come Ron Paul never wins a single state in a presidential election?

Is it a generational thing?

Will his views have any chance of becoming mainstream in the future? Or are they simply too dangerous, impractical, and out of touch with most Americans?


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John Giokaris

John Giokaris has been contributing to PolicyMic since February 2011. Born and raised in Chicago, John graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and is currently earning his J.D. at The John Marshall Law School. John believes in free market principles, private sector solutions, transparency, school choice, constitutionally limited government, and being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. His goals are to empower/create opportunity for citizens to use the tools at their disposal to succeed in America, which does more to grow the middle class and alleviate those in poverty than keeping a permanent underclass dependent on government sustenance indefinitely. Sitting on the Board of Directors for both the center-right Chicago Young Republicans and libertarian America's Future Foundation-Chicago, he is also a member of the free market think tank Illinois Policy Institute's Leadership Coalition team along with other leaders of the Illinois business, political, and media communities. John has seven years experience working in writing/publishing, having previously worked at Law Bulletin Publishing, the Tribune Company, and Reboot Illinois. His works have been published in the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Crain's Chicago Business, Reboot Illinois, Townhall, the Law Bulletin, and the RedEye. He's also made appearances on CBS News, PBS, and Al Jazeera America.

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