January 3, 2012 12:00 PM

Commentary: Why the GOP needs Ron Paul

Ron Paul is wacky, won't win the Republican nomination and must be giving Republican leaders a splitting headache. It's not so much that the Houston-area congressman opposes the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Or that he believes the Civil War was a waste and that slavery could have been ended by buying slaves and setting them free. Wouldn't that have been a bailout for slave owners?

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