A condescending rundown of Ron Paul’s announcement that his presidential campaign is “winding down.” From the Washington City Paper:

“Apparently, Ron Paul is sort of dropping out. Slate writes: “In a strange seven-and-a-half minute address to supporters worldwide, Ron Paul said it was time to scale back the campaign. He’s not quite quitting, but he’s not quite optimistic, either. He admitted that he can’t achieve ‘victory in the conventional political sense.’ President Bush may want to steal that line for his next speech on Iraq.”

You can watch his speech (we warn you: it is dull as hell and just plain weird. Mr. Paul also did not get the memo from City Paper’s webguys as the video is way over the standard two minute time limit):

We will miss Mr. Paul as well as Mr. Huckabee. And of course, Mr. Romney. All provided plenty of yuks, crackpot theories, flip flops, and straight-to-youtube moments.”

Here’s the link

That a Washington, D.C. Beltway “alternative” weekly would reflect the elitist, establishment attitudes of the town it services is of no surprise. But as for the “crackpot” Ron Paul, I believe The American Conservative’s endorsement of Paul for President (a Washington, D.C. based publication as well) answers such predictable, unimaginative navel-gazing accordingly:

“On domestic policy, the campaign champions the limited-government philosophy that inspired the conservative movement in its infancy. Now the movements leaders call Paul a “radical” and a “kook.” The founders of conservative institutions met similar abuse five decades ago. By deploying the same against the strictest Constitutionalist in the race, the mandarins of the Beltway Right have revealed themselves as usurpers. For this moment of clarity, we can thank Ron Paul.”

Damn straight.