Ron Paul wins despite mainstream smear

United States, Boone : Ron Paul speaks at the town hall in the Erickson Public Library during a campaign stop on December 8, 2011 in Boone, Iowa. (AFP Photo / Kevork Djansezian)
Herman Cain got secret service protection. Michele Bachmann has a big, fancy bus. Congressman Ron Paul isn’t like other Republicans, however. At least not like those who have chased the GOP’s bid for the 2012 election.

The road to the White House is a bumpy one but Rep. Ron Paul is okay with that. So are his supporters in Iowa, apparently, who have come to appreciate the could-be-president’s lack of fleer while dismissing the mainstream media’s smear campaign against the congressman.

To many, it isn’t the way the establishment — now terrified of Paul’s surge in the polls — portrays the candidate. It’s the way the congressman has stuck to his gut during his decades in public office.

"He's the only consistent conservative out there," J.C. Weiand, a law student who attended a Paul rally in Fort Madison, Iowa, tells the Associated Press. "For 30 years, he's been preaching the same message. Now his time has finally come."

Paul was pegged as a possibility for the Republican Party’s nomination since he launched his campaign, but only in recent weeks has his popularity finally propelled him to the top. While scandals cost Cain his campaign and Rick Perry’s poor public appearances have dragged him down in the polls after once being a frontrunner, Paul has only soared with support as of late.

The mainstream media has attempted to take down the libertarian-leaning Republican in recent days by unearthing antiquated messages penned under Paul’s name. The congressman has dismissed allegations that he was responsible for the questionable material, but that isn’t keeping the establishment from attacking him over it. Fed up with repeated questioning, Paul walked off the set of a CNN interview earlier this week. Even without the support of corporate news, however, Paul is still finding positive numbers thanks to his ability to approach topics from an angle that his party competition won’t dare dig into.

While other candidates have waged for increased military spending and weakening the Constitution to crush the civil liberties of Americans, Paul is trying to take the US out of foreign wars and reinstall freedom for every citizen. As America counties to be ripped by wars and the Pentagon is hemorrhaging money for the sake of executing civilians, Paul’s soft-spoken but solid ideas are finding an audience sick with the establishment.

To others, Paul is simply bridging a gap their neither the left nor right can cover on their own.

“I think the most important thing is the philosophy I’m talking about is the Constitution and freedom,” Paul said during a recent debate in Sioux City, Iowa, “and that brings people together. It brings independents into the fold and it brings Democrats over on some of these issues. So therefore I see this philosophy as being very electable because it’s an America philosophy.”

“Dr. Paul is surging in Iowa and New Hampshire because he is exactly what the voters have been looking for,” Paul spokesman Jesse Benton adds to ABC News. “He governs on principle. He is consistent and does not flip-flop. And he is the only candidate who will really cut the spending and balance the budget so we can get back on our feet and create jobs.”

“It's not impossible, but 2012 could be the year that there will be just two parties.The Ron Paul Republican Party and the Democrats,” Ron Paul supporter Robert Timsah writes in the Examiner on Friday, “The Democrats would feature, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. I call this the war party, and of course, Paul's being the anti-war party. “

If Timsah is right and it comes down to those two, Paul says he already knows the outcome there.

“The challenge isn’t all that great on how we’re going to beat Obama. I think he’s beating himself,” Paul said at the debate in Sioux City. “I think really the question is, what do we have to offer? And I have something different to offer. I emphasize civil liberties. I emphasize a pro-American foreign policy, which is a lot different than ‘Policemen of the World.’ I emphasize, you know, monetary policy and these things that the other candidates don’t talk about.”