I think a lot of what is said against Ron Paul can also be everything that you just rallied against those whom support Paul for. The base of what Paul calls for is no where near "wingnut" since it's a call for adherence to the Constitution. It's also a call to pay attention to the government, look at what it's doing, control it and servo the system like we were supposed to. Again, not a "wingnut" position. Personal responsibility, constrained government, diligence in watching and controlling the government; I don't think these fall at all into the "wingnut" realm.
The problem is that there are some people who are very radical and support Paul. Those people run their mouths somewhat. Paul himself isn't a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, he merely said we should investigate and make sure the Congress was reporting things fairly. There can be some problems with some people, but for the most part I wouldn't say that comes from Paul's side. You rally against smug elitism while engaging in it, but I think some of that is just being thrown back. Paul talks about blowback and accountability for our actions, about thinking about what we're doing and consider the repercussions and he's labeled a "wingnut". He thinks America is to blame! You talk as if the retarded behavior comes only from people on Paul's side, the hypocrisy is not lost. Do you hold your standards to others?
Most people who are taking the "wingnut" approach do so because the press talks about him in such terms. They insult and disparage people who support him, and then cry foul when it gets thrown back (sound familiar to you?). I think a lot of people go around throwing stones without looking at their own house. You want to insult me and come after me, but you engaged in the same behavior your just chastised me over.
Elitist jerks are not limited to Ron Paul's side. We'll see if you actually apply that equally or if it's just something you'll disparage those whom support Paul for. It's well entrenched in the very people calling Paul and his supporters "wingnuts" as well. There are people who are rabidly against Paul supporters and engage in elitism and asshatery for (sound familiar?). I'm not going to cry when they get their own crap thrown back at them. If they don't like it, grow up and don't engage in it. But if your going to use these methods, crying when it gets thrown back at you will garner no sympathy. I see people constantly coming after Paul, the only ones who will say anything are the Paul supporters themselves. People won't give the time of day to anything Paul says...because it's wrong? Hardly, the vast majority of what he's talking about is about engaging in government. It's because they have preconcieved notions and think the supporters to be "wingnuts" or all the insults you used. Time and time again, we have to put up with it. But as soon as things get dished backed...well ****. We're the ones at fault, we're wrong, we're elitist or whatever other dumbass insults you want to come up with. As if we started, as if we're the only ones to engage in it. Pathetic!