Here is something which isn't news to anyone except for Ron Paul supporters, according to a Pew Research poll, if Ron Paul were to run as a third-party candidate it would help reelect Barack Obama. According to the story in USA Today, 44% percent of respondents would vote for Barack Obama, 32% would vote for Mitt Romney and 18% would vote for Paul.
With all due respect to Ron Paul supporters, he just doesn't have the support they like to think he has, and if he were to run as a third-party candidate, although he has said he won't, he would pull mostly from independents and republican voters who are not happy with the other republican candidates. Just because Paul supporters are always the most vocal and most visible at events doesn't mean he can win.
Paul can be very appealing when it comes to domestic issues and cutting spending. There are many who truly would like to see unnecessary and over staffed agencies eliminated, especially those that are not authorized by the United States Constitution. And certainly no one can argue Paul is probably the only person in government today who really understands the Federal Reserve System and the gold standard; but when it comes to foreign policy, this is what scares all but the most ardent Paul supporters.
If Paul had his way, he would drop all foreign aid and bring all our troops back home, basically taking an isolationist stance. The last time the United States took such a stance was after World War I, and many argue this led to World War II. This time however, the consequences would be a lot worse. What Paul doesn't seem to understand is the enemies of the United States, like North Korea and Iran, who may or may not have nuclear weapons, just plainly don't like this country; and no matter what foreign policy is followed will still hate the US. South Korea and Israel would be the first allies to suffer from this isolationism.
Now when the Ron Paul supporters read this, they will flood the comment box with the usual conspiracy theories they like claiming everyone is against Paul. If only they could see he just isn't the right person for the job.