“With the positions he has, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to see why heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not ahead with the media or the polls, but why isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t he leading the pack among conservatives?
“I doubt itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his anti-war stand. Outside a dwindling band of administration loyalists in the wagons circled around George W. Bush, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t detect much enthusiasm for the Iraq war among conservative commentators and e-mailers. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We gave the Iraqis a fair shot, now letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leave them to it and concentrate on chasing down worldwide terrorism,Ã¢â‚¬Â is the dominant sentiment. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not clear about Ron PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s position on routine counterterrorism and covert ops, but on the war in Iraq, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see much of a problem for him base-wise.”