With two GOP presidential candidates saying they'd add legendary Wall Street pundit Jim Grant to their administrations, bringing back the gold standard clearly has moved up on the Republican agenda.
Ron Paul, for whom returning to the gold standard has been a decades-long crusade, has said he would name Grant chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. In his case, that would be a compromise - Paul has often called for the Fed to be abolished altogether.
Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich has promised to appoint Jim Grant to head a commission to study the possibility of going back to the gold standard.
Grant, who publishes Grant's Interest Rate Observer, is a well-known gold bug and critic of the Fed.
His ideas have attracted increasing favor in a party that blames the Fed's easy money policy for the country's economic problems.
Grant calls the current system of fiat currency an "anachronism" and questioned the "command and control, top-down system of having a handful of people at the Fed dictate interest rates."
He's worried that the Fed's quantitative easing policies have created a bubble in Treasury bonds.
And make no mistake: If a Republican president gives him the opportunity, Grant already has a plan, starting with making a public case for the gold standard.
"I would then lay out a timeline for the conversion to a constitutional dollar, a dollar as envisaged by the Founding Fathers," Grant told MarketWatch.
Grant said he believes a dollar should be fixed "like a foot, or a pound."
Such a policy would arrest the steep decline in value the dollar has suffered since the United States abandoned the gold standard in 1971 - a point Paul often raises on the campaign trail.
"Since 1971, since we lost our link to gold, the dollar has lost 85%," Paul recently told NPR. "So if you were a saver and wanted to take care of your kid's education, even if you made a little interest, you're going to lose money."
Middle-class worries like that have helped make a return to the gold standard a major issue in the 2012 Republican primary battle.
The other two remaining GOP contenders, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, are believed to be against a return to the gold standard, though both refrain from talking about it.
Of course, Republican proponents of the gold standard may not need Paul or Gingrich to win the nomination to move the issue forward.