Ron Paul rising
I get Rasmussen's clear right-wing leanings, but what's the point, at this point, of conducting a poll pitting Obama against Republican/conservative/libertarian fave Ron Paul?
An Obama-Paul race is "virtually dead even," according to the poll (42-41 for the president), but, let's be clear, Paul won't be the GOP nominee, his overzealous supporters basically rig those straw polls, and, unlike Obama, Paul's never really been vetted by the media (so the American people don't really know who he is).
As I wrote back in February:
Paul is no doubt pretty popular with the John Birch crowd, what with his extremist anti-government and isolationist views, proximity to racism (if not his own racism), and general paranoia. (For some elaboration, see Carl's post from 11/07.) He's more libertarian than Republican, and has no chance at the GOP nod in 2012, but it's good to see the movement conservatives at CPAC expose themselves for what they really are.
He's on top at the moment, but it won't last.