by Zoe Pollock

E.G. considers Ron Paul's possible run for Senate in 2012:

I wonder if the rise of the tea-party movement diminishes the fierceness of Dr Paul's supporters. In 2008 he was the rare advocate for anti-establishment Republicans. That stripe is now more well-represented. Polling favours the Republicans to hold the [Texas] seat, which is being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, for the general election. At the moment, that largely reflects name recognition, and those numbers will inevitably narrow as the campaigns get started. All the more reason for Democrats to find a good candidate, and quickly.

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