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U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) speaks during the ABC News GOP Presidential debate on the campus of Drake University on Dec. 10, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa

*How remarkably terrible is this group of Republican candidates that Ron Paul actually has a decent shot at taking the Republican caucus in Iowa?

Paul might be – for better or for worse – quite an interesting guy, without the political flip-floppiness of the other candidates, but he’s got more skeletons in his closet than a Halloween store in the off-season. The newsletters detailed in this awkward video are only a little part of the problem. Just take a look at this handy Ron Paul 101 with his rather remarkable statements.

Yet, in spite of all that, he’s actually got a good shot at winning the all-important Iowa caucuses, which would give him an early leg up on the Republican nomination. That should show you just how little Gingrich, Romney et al. have connected with the Republican base. Combined with the signs of an Obama comeback and the GOP has every reason to be nervous as the primary season kicks off.

Here’s one more thing to watch out for: with this group of uninspiring candidates, there’s a good chance that we’ll see someone else jump into the fray late, and swoop up all of the voters disgusted with their choices. Who could this person be? Well, guess who’s made some noise about running recently. Yeah, we could all see a return of the old moose burger eatin’, snow machine ridin’ former governor of Alaska. Just when you thought she’d be constrained to HBO.