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.
Funky and Captain America-inspired button designs at PAULfest.
Even more swag. Only the Obama movement of 2008 came up with comparable amounts of punny/kitchy material.
Metal on metal.
Libertarians cheer for Gary Johnson.
One of several Paul'd out cars.
In the bathroom (yes, sorry) at the official Paul rally, a sticker that predicts not just Paul victory in 2012, but victory in 2016.
The POW icon, reimagined.
A gigantic poster at the PAULfest.
Baby Hadassah, whose parents illegally (but proudly) get her raw goat milk.
A remix of the "Jesus is my homebody" classic.
Temporary neck tattoos.
And one more funky design.