Originally Posted by ledocs
I heard Mark Shields say on the PBS "Newshour" today, after I posted, that Romney's camp is being particularly careful not to criticize Paul, because Romney is terrified of a third-party run by Paul, that such a run would give the election to Obama, in their view. And Shields attributed a similar view to "everyone" on the Republican side. Shields tends to know what he is talking about.
Paul is a Republican, when he is not a Libertarian. People tend to know this. Libertarians are much closer to the Republican Party than to the Democratic Party, whatever the origins of the American branch of libertarianism may be.
I wish we had better information on this front. I think that disagreement about the nature of Paul's supporters underlies a lot of the disagreement between Wonderment and Ohreally and the anti-Paul liberals like myself around here.