Also, since Paul has been re-elected nine times, the GOP machine's assertions that he has only a fringe following is patently absurd.
Now I wouldn't go that far because there are many members of Congress who are way out there in outer space. I'm not saying Ron Paul is one, but there are quite a few in the House.
Undoubtedly there are fringe members of Congress, but the GOP machine continuously asserts that Paul has a fringe following. It is logically impossible to get re-elected nine times with just a fringe following. Obviously, the majority of people in his district support him, thereby negating the possibility that they are on the fringe.
One of the most attractive aspects of someone like Ron Paul is that he will not give his vote away to feed the party beast. That, of course, makes him anathema to party insiders and other faithful.