The good thing about Ron Paul is that he was trying hard to keep the Republicans honest, and cut through their rhetoric on the war. And while he raised large amounts of money, and excited a significant portion of the Republican electorate, he was unable to win any Republican primaries or caucuses. In many ways, Ron Paul was the Dennis Kucinich of the Republican party.
One thing that I am hoping comes out of the this early and unnecessary political whittling process which eliminates the best candidates after a few small states hold primaries and caucuses is that the country takes another look at how this process of primaries and caucuses is done. The system is broken and we need to fix it now. As someone from Maryland, who rarely gets any say whatsoever in who the nominee is going to be, I am furious and ready for a massive change in how the primary system works in America.
Hopefully, America has had the largest and most unpleasant civics lesson in history over the last seven years, and now the electorate is steamed up enough to finally demand that something be done about it. Let's hope so.