It's too early to call it, but I'd wager the 2012 election will be a "near-to-total loss" at this point. Then again, I'm not one of the optimistic experts at Standard and Poor's or Moody's rating agencies who gets a nice fat envelope in the mail a few times a year to keep blowing bubbles for amused toddlers (and also CNBC).
I hate election years, and I hate news coverage of elections even more. Occasionally life tosses you a tender scrap of hickory-smoked hilarity, but if there's one thing I've learned lately it's this: if you're just whistling past the graveyard, change your route home.
So. Ron Paul's has a depressing level of support*, even in groups of people from whom I never would have expected such a bizarre suspension of disbelief. Ron Paul supporters and their eccentricity have been documented extensively, but I still remember one spat very fondly. That spat is probably the reason I have such a soft spot for Paul and his fans, despite the fact that they pretend to be "libertarians" while supporting all kinds of whack-a-doodle social conservative positions.
No, not sure I buy that, despite "Thrive" (I'm still working at that debunking - it's very hard to watch for longer than five to ten minutes at a time). Still and all, I'm keeping a more open mind than usual lately, and while that doesn't mean believing in prehistoric visitors to our planet, it does mean that I find that more interesting than endless pollster/marketing @$$hole dissections of "voting patterns" so far.
* - For the record, the fact that Mittens and He Who Shall Not Be Named - this is a FAMILY blog, gosh darn it! >:( - are apparently tied is even more depressing than if Oddball Paul had pulled it off.