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.
TODAY IN SLATE
Meet the New Bosses
How the Republicans would run the Senate.
The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.
Why all cracker names sound alike.
Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom
This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059
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- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union
Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?
A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.