If the race for the Republican nomination were a children’s story – Little Miss Moffett, Jack Horner and Dumbo come to mind – then Ron Paul would surely be the tortoise. While the hares have taken turns racing ahead, Paul has gained slowly and steadily in the polls. The Texas congressman is now running third in New Hampshire and second in Iowa in polls taken before Herman Cain’s latest meltdown. In a year when most candidates are ignoring old-fashioned retail campaigning, Paul has large grassroots organizations in both states. And he had plenty of money with which to play.