|RON PAUL AT A QUIETER MOMENT|
And yet, in the final days of the Iowa campaign, Paul seems to be picking up quite a few of the ultra-right evangelicalswho once supported Bachmann. A Dec. 28 CNN pollfound that Paul was second only to Rick Santorum in evangelical support, with 18 percent. “Most Bachmann people would tell you their second choice is either Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, depending on why they’re for her,” says Steve Deace, an influential Iowa evangelical radio host. At the same time, he adds, “every Paul person who is hard core has told me the only other person they’d vote for is Michele.”
Should Paul win the Iowa caucuses, it will actually be a triumph for a fundamentalist faction that has until now been considered a fringe even on the Christian right.