A bust? He draws consistently larger crowds than the other presidential candidates. If by "a bust", you mean that he will not win the Republican nomination for president, you are unfortunately correct. But he has greatly influenced the character of the debates (on the Fed, eliminating agencies, and cutting spending, for example), He will likely influence the party platform as well, which is his stated reason for remaining in the race. He is in this for the long haul, even if his impact is limited until long after his death. As I am. As you should be, if you believe in and care about freedom.