Second. After coming in third in Iowa. For him, these are better-than-usual finishes. Our favorite candidate who we know will never win, but who can divide the ticket as neatly as Nader or Perot ever did, seems to almost have a chance. Not that I want him for president; I don't (my usual ability to reach across the aisle, which caused me to rather happily endure both W. and Reagan, has evaporated with this bunch - except for Gingrich, whom I have weird soft spot for). I did want Paul in office a few years ago, but I've read and listened to too much since then to continue to believe he's 1) serious presidential material or 2) anywhere near liberal enough - and my liberal streak just will not quit. But...I love the guy despite all that. He's got tons of spunk and so many good ideas I can't count them up on both hands.
People should listen to him - and take notes - even if they don't elect him; he's not one to parade around like a peacock wasting everyone's time (and I'm lookin' at you guys, Romney/Huntsman/Santorum: put up something of substance or just go away already). I wish Ron Paul the best...if he makes vice prez maybe he can finally convince Congress to bust up the Federal Reserve and return us to a gold-backed, non-fiat financial system...I'd enjoy seeing that, honestly.