Isolationists like Ron Paul seem to appeal to a large part of the GOP base in New Hampshire, if you watched the Fox News Republican debate in New Hampshire. Though he had many "applause" lines, he was knocked out by a follow-up question from Chris Wallace, after his response that we should "get out of the Middle East," citing our troops in Saudi Arabia as a motivation for 9/11. Wallace asked:
" Are you saying...we should take our marching orders from Al Queda?"
This line drew more cheers than Paul's supporters had mustered all night. Paul went on to accuse a small band of "neocons" of hijacking the party and the presidency, getting alot of cheers. This probably played well with liberal voters, including many NH Republicans.
Nationally, Paul played himself further into irrelevance, as he has at each debate. I still respect him for his convictions, and having the guts to speak them. I agree with a few of his ideas, but not nearly enough to support him, even against someone like Hillary, which is sad.
I think Chris Wallace "won" the debate, with the most memorable question. Ron Paul lost, and the others were pretty much treading water. Brownback made a blunder by advocating "splitting" Iraq into three countries, and got called on the international, and regional consequences it would cause.
Still, I only caught parts of the debate, watching while at work. This was a pretty good debate, with some real interplay between the candidates. It also shows why the Dems are afraid to face the Fox News moderators. They were much more challenging for the candidates than some of the other debates I've seen.