Hidden in Mitt Romney’s win in the Washington caucus was the strong performance by Ron Paul, who came in second with about a quarter of Saturday’s vote. This buried fact should tell us plenty about our state’s GOP.
Ron Paul is by all accounts a fringe candidate. He promises to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, drug laws, the IRS, the EPA, the Civil Rights Act, foreign aid (including aid to Israel), and the Department of Education (among others). Paul is a reductio ad absurdum running for President. And, yet, in Washington, he won a respectable second.
At the same moment that …