Mr. Paul will not be back to Congress after his last presidential run. His brand of courage on our foreign interventionism has always been refreshing, even if he’s wrong on many other matters. Particularly, I always find it odd that these freedom fanatics think this is something that’s not for women.

Love him or hate him, this ad is brilliant.

Long before Sarah Palin swooped in, or Michele Bachmann stirred, it was Ron Paul who inspired the Tea Party movement. There’s a reason he has loyal followers on the Right.

UPDATE: I thought I’d add the back and forth between Paul and Bernanke yesterday, because it was one of those fascinating moments that has endeared Ron Paul to his many fans.

“When you wake up in the morning, do you think about the price of gold,” Rep. Paul asked. After pausing for a second, Bernanke responded, clearly uncomfortable. that he paid much attention to the price of gold, only to be interrupted once again.

“Gold’s at about $1,580 [an ounce] this morning, what do you think of the price of gold?” asked Rep. Paul. A stern-faced Bernanke responded people bought it for protection and was once again cut-off, with Ron Paul once again on the offensive.

“Is gold money?” he asked. Clearly bothered, Bernanke told the representative, “No. It’s a precious metal.”

After Paul interrupted him to note the long history of gold being used as money, Bernanke continued, “It’s an asset. Would you say Treasury bills are money? I don’t think they’re money either but they’re a financial asset.”