Is Ron Paul the village idiot? the court fool? or one of the smartest secret weapons in the Republican arsenal? Think about it. Why is this stranger-than-fiction gnome up there on the stage with all those relatively clear-headed straight-arrows? Here’s why. Paul is so far right that he’s left, and threatens to become a cult darling of anti-war libertarians and independents alike.

The light went on for me as I watched the recent Republican debate.

The reason the elephants are keeping him up there in the candidate pack is so that he can play the Nader role. Paul could just siphon off democrat votes that might have gone to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, hence making it possible that a Republican will win the White House for another ruinous eternity.

Pass the absinthe.