Despite two strong finishes in as many races, Ron Paul has been derided as unelectable, even dangerous in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination by many critics.
Such criticism of Paul stems not from Democrats, but from Republican pundits and political figures - something U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is upset by.
DeMint, whose state holds a critical primary Saturday, says it's time to start taking Paul, his views and the contingent of supporters he has assembled seriously.
This isn't just lip service, either. In a series of interviews, including this one on the Laura Ingraham Show (below), DeMint mentioned Paul foreseeing certain crises.
DeMint has said he's not formally endorsing a candidate in the race, but from the sound of it, he's endorseing some major component's of Paul's platform ...