Ron Paul is a libertarian swimming in the republicans bath water.
If he wants a real shot or any shot for that matter, he needs to run as an independent a la Ross Perot.
And as much as I respect Ron, he's not crushing Obama in a debate. No one in the field is as smart as those two. Neither of them would be crushing each other, but one thing I would expect is an actual real debate on real issues and not bs topics that no one gives a shit about...ie gay marriage.