Ron Paul and his enemies -- good article
Ron Paul has been described as kooky and racists by many, including his fellow Republicans. However, his greatest enemies are the neocons of both parties:
"Foreign policy is a different matter. Paul�s skepticism about American military interventionism�the Iraq War, the Afghan War, the war Israel and the neocons are trying get America to fight with Iran�resonates far more among foreign-affairs specialists, the military, the intelligence community, and the Republican rank and file. Paul�s campaign has the potential to begin bringing that skepticism into the inner reaches of the GOP�where the interlocking web of big donors and neoconservative-run think tanks and media have managed to keep the doves, realists, and other skeptics at bay.
This may be recorded as neoconservatism�s most singular achievement: to have their disastrous strategies enacted in Iraq, see them thoroughly discredited, and yet nonetheless retain their spots as the Beltway arbiters of "responsible" conservative opinion, with the power to exclude those who dissent. But the neoconservatives understand better than anyone how tenuous is this hold on the Washington discourse, how necessary it is to crush dissident movements before they can grow beyond the cradle. Thus a septuagenarian congressman who is an outlier in his own party must be treated as a mortal threat, his ideas not debated or refuted, but obliterated, presented as so far beyond the pale that no sane person could entertain them."
The article is one of the best I've read on the Ron Paul candidacy. The following comment section is illuminating as well.
Here is a link that might be useful: Ron Paul and His Enemies