The GOP establishment has always made fun of conservatives... This isn't anything new. They did the same thing to Reagan all the time.
"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.