Color me completely surprised by this:
“Big news,” the Texas congressman wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday. “I have decided not to seek reelection for my House seat in 2012 and will focus all of my energy on winning the presidency.” The retirement will take the country’s most prominent libertarian voice out of Washington, after years of redefining conservative politics. Opposing increases in the debt ceiling, supporting a more isolationist foreign policy, abolishing the Fed —all longtime Paul mainstays that would have been laughed off only a few years ago —are now well within the Republican mainstream. And it provides yet another signal that Paul plans to take a more intense approach to the 2012 campaign —he’s already stepped up his presence on the trail in Iowa and New Hampshire —adding to a strong fundraising operation that raised $4.5 million in the second quarter. He’s already aggressively deploying hat haul, which outpaced big name contenders like Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich, with a $75,000 statewide radio ad buy in Iowa announced last week
Congress loses the most popular libertarian of our time. It is a shame, but he has served the people well. Thank you, Dr. Paul.