Ron Paul goes mainstream?

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Ron Paul 2008 was a movement. Ron Paul 2012 is trying to be a campaign. Determined to be a greater force in his third presidential run, the Texas congressman and his team have embraced some of the more traditional aspects of a White House bid: a focus on retail politicking, deeper early-state infrastructure and a full schedule of meetings with party pooh-bahs. “There was a consensus among Ron and the people around him that it only made sense to do this if it was going to be bigger and better than last time,” said Jesse Benton, a top adviser.