Ron Paul Swag

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Aug. 26 2012 2:39 PM

Ron Paul Swag

TAMPA -- I've been covering Ron Paul's campaigns since early 2007. This week's festivities have a strange and bittersweet feel -- a lot of slogans I've seen adopted by other movements, a lot of one-time fringe activists who've become Republican delegates. Also, lots of merch.

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Funky and Captain America-inspired button designs at PAULfest.

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Even more swag. Only the Obama movement of 2008 came up with comparable amounts of punny/kitchy material.

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Metal on metal.

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Libertarians cheer for Gary Johnson.

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One of several Paul'd out cars.

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In the bathroom (yes, sorry) at the official Paul rally, a sticker that predicts not just Paul victory in 2012, but victory in 2016.

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The POW icon, reimagined.

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A gigantic poster at the PAULfest.

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Baby Hadassah, whose parents illegally (but proudly) get her raw goat milk.

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A remix of the "Jesus is my homebody" classic.

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Temporary neck tattoos.

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And one more funky design.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.