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Perhaps the best news from the past week, and the surest proof that the tea party isn’t over, is that Ron Paul came in a very strong second place in the straw poll.

If Ronald Reagan were cocaine for conservative, this guy is full blown conservative crack. He is an ancient warrior who has devoted his life to caging this wild and uncontrollable government and stopping this immoral spending. He is the only candidate for president in our lifetimes who might have earned Ayn Rand’s endorsement.

Whether Mr. Paul actually becomes the nominee or not hardly matters anymore. What matters is he was dismissed as a kook four years ago and this year all the other GOP candidates have adopted the old man’s philosophies.

Charles Hurt’s column appears Wednesday. He can be reached at