No one seems to be excited about the Republican candidates in 2008. Pro-abortion, anti-gun, pro-gay rights, pro-illegal immigration Rudy Giuliani, while the frontrunner, doesn't seem to be getting the base fired up. John McCain appears to want to see how many times he can sink his campaign by supporting some crazy proposal (amnesty), then resurrect it. Everybody seems to have forgotten Fred Thompson is in the race, including himself. Now he's for it, now he's not Mitt Romney isn't getting anyone fired up, nor is he the frontrunner- except in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Since none of the mainstream candidates seem able to get the job done, many are looking to Ron Paul. Paul does have some genuinely good ideas. He is for a smaller government, reduced spending, and a very strong commitment to individual rights. But while he is sound on some issues, he is a disaster on most others. I do not exaggerate when I say that if somehow the election came down to Paul or Hillary Clinton, I would vote for Hillary. In a heartbeat.
If that sounds reactionary and shortsighted, consider Paul's foreign policy. He would withdraw from Iraq immediately, sending that country into a vicious civil war. It would also turn the United States into a laughing stock for the Islamic world- and it would be hard to blame them. If we turned and ran from Iraq, it is certain that some terrorists would follow us, and the ones already here would be emboldened. Our chances of getting hit again would rise dramatically.
Not that we would know what those chances were. Paul also wants to get rid of the FBI and CIA. He doesn't want any foreign entanglements. So we would have no idea what Al-Qeaeda or any other terrorist group is up to. And if another, comparable superpower ever appeared, the technology and information hijacked by people like Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs during the Cold War would appear insignificant. In a world in which knowledge is power, any reduction in our intelligence gathering capabilities would be suicide.
Hillary would be make a poor President, but Paul would be incalculably worse. Hillary would hurt our national defense. Ron Paul would kill it. If Paul was elected, and managed to get any part of his radical agenda implemented, we would see another 9/11- and probably more than one.