I was at his DC rally back in June of '08. 100 degree plus temps, young, healthy people dropping like flies from heat exhaustion all around, and he wasn't even sweating.
The man was vigorous, energetic, and looked to be in his 60s - much younger looking in person than in photos/video. I wouldn't be surprised if he outlived me, and I'm not even 50.
I doubt you'd get any of his admirers to agree that he has no personality.
Unfortunately, the right presence is needed to get a candidate elected to office
Unfortunately, I'd have to agree, but if we can't move beyond this, we'll keep getting people like GWB and McCain as "our" nominees, and the country can't survive many more of them.
...but his position on foreign policy, while in part logical, is in general unrealistic...
30 years ago, I disagreed with him on both foreign and domestic policy. 20 years ago, I disagreed with him on foreign policy. Now, I'm absolutely certain he's dead right on both.
You better hope he's right too - a bankrupt nation can't afford wasting the better part of a trillion dollars a year (and rising) on foreign meddling. It's ending soon, either through a voluntary change to a sane foreign policy, or through economic collapse.
Politics is a strange game and you REALLY can NEVER predict with 100% certainty (even 90%) what will happen.
I wosh you and Mr. Paul luck.
We could do a lot worse - and generally have - at least the for the past four incumbents.