TIME’s Halperin echoes Krauthammer’s assessment of Ron Paul’s impact

Charles Krauthammer already has labeled Ron Paul the big winner from the year’s first two Republican presidential contests. TIME‘s Mark Halperin offers a similar assessment in the magazine’s latest issue:

Libertarian Ron Paul, once dismissed as an intriguing, entertaining but irrelevant fringe candidate, has emerged from the first two contests with undeniable clout. Barring some unforeseen drama, he will almost certainly end the nomination season with the second highest number of delegates. Paul, 76, no longer can be called fringe. He captured more than 1 in 5 votes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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