As anyone who has read even two words of my writing knows, I am no fan of Ron Paul. His foreign policy seems conceived by a covert agent of the Muslim Brotherhood channeling Neville Chamberlain.

And yet… here in South Carolina… it couldn’t be more clear that the only candidate generating any genuine enthusiasm is Paul. And that includes not only the Republicans but Barack Obama or any Democrat currently in the public eye.

And it wasn’t just the dude in the Ron Paul Corvette above (click photos to enlarge), it was every… single… person… Bryan Preston and I talked with while doing random interviews on Charleston’s King Street (video to come). Some of them evinced praise for Gingrich speaking truth to big media power on Thursday night, but the only person they really cared about was Paul.

This was especially true of younger people. One duo of teenage girls told us their allegiance was to Stephen Colbert (they had just returned from a Colbert event) and to Ron Paul — but it was only Paul they took seriously. He was their guy, the only one prepared to make radical change.

Another thing we heard repeatedly from these people was that he was the only candidate who was “authentic,” who really believed what he said.

They have a point — no matter what you think of Paul. He believes his ideas and that evidently impresses people used to generations of phony pols. Unfortunately, it’s not hard to see why.

I think you will find Bryan and my coming video amusing — in a depressing sort of way.