Here' s a scenario I was thinking about recently. What if this last Presidential Election came down between Ron Paul and Barack Obama? Many of the issues that plagued John McCain I don't believe would have impacted Ron Paul the same way. Obama wouldn't have been able to attack Paul on the issue of Iraq, because Paul would have basically been on the same page as Obama. Iraq and the surge was the main platform for McCain. The real Maverick is actually Ron Paul when you think about it. Ron Paul was anything but a follower of the almost liberal policies and spending of George Bush. If the youth vote was backing Ron Paul, Barack Obama would have lost. Another reason why I believe Ron Paul could have beaten Barack Obama. Ron Paul has a sharp command of economic issues. Barack Obama is basically green as grass. When the housing market collapse started to overflow into the stock market around September, Paul could have easily communicated to the American people the reasons for the credit crunch, and he would have came out against the seven hundred billion dollar bailout. That would have put him in the position of being a true limited government conservative and a champion of middle class America. Several polls released after Bush signed the bailout bill into law showed that most Americans were against the bailout. McCain and Obama were for it. I guess we will never know the official outcome of a Paul vs Obama match up, but I believe Paul could have won or at the very least it would have been an extremely close lose mirroring the 2000 election.