As of this writing, Rep. Ron Paul – the ultimate outsider and quintessential anti-establishment presidential candidate – is the favorite to win the Iowa caucuses, scheduled to take place on Jan. 3, 2012.
Polls such as Insider Advantage and Public Policy Polling place Paul in the lead, at 23 and 24 percent respectively, to Mitt Romney’s 20 percent and Newt Gingrich’s 14 percent. From ignoring Rep. Paul, the Republican Party establishment and mainstream media have moved to strategizing on how to discount his lead, and likely win, in Iowa.
Especially exercised is the Republican Party of Iowa. Its functionaries seem willing to delegitimize Iowa poll results – and the importance of the Iowa caucuses as harbingers of things to come in the national convention – if these don’t fall in line with the party line. Apparently, caucus-goers, who dare to “reward” candidates “who are unrepresentative of the broader party,” deserve to be discredited.
Against this backdrop, I was interviewed, on Dec. 15 by the Russia Today television network, a broadcaster that does not abide herd behavior. Topics covered: The rise of Ron Paul, his rivals and the representative’s chances of parlaying his accomplishments in Iowa (to be repeated, we hope, in the Granite State and South Carolina) into a national win.