The million dollar question is how would a Ron Paul vs Barack Obama match up in 2012 fair out? The lesson that should be cast in stone from this Presidential Election is that "Left to center Republicans can't win the presidency". Obama will have a hard time defending a collapsed economy in 2012. The same way FDR prolonged the great depression is the same way Obama's FDR version 2.0 "stimulus" is going to flat line the economy. . All one has to do is go back in time and understand why Bush 41 and Bob Dole lost to Bill Clinton. Bush 41 ran as a conservative on the coat tails of Reagan to win, but he forgot that quickly the reason Reagan was able to win in landslides in 1980 and 1984. Herbert Bush moderated his positions once he won, and the rest is history. Line up John McCain, Herbert Bush and Bob Dole. All three of them weren't conservatives. George Bush ran as a conservative and won against Gore, The only reason he won re election was because conservatives couldn't stand Kerry and they supported the war in Iraq. Bush wasn't governing as a conservative once he was sworn into office. The bottom line is this. Republicans that run as conservatives tend to win elections. Ron Paul has always been an attack dog against the growth of government. I would like to see him run again for the nomination in 2012. If the economy is as screwed up as I expect it will be, he may be the only person that can beat Obama by attacking Obama through his love of bigger bloated government that can't substain itself.