Lots of meat in this very interesting article by Adam Sparks, "Rationally Defending Ron Paul: Detractors and Supporters Beware." I like, among much else, his description of a TP org, which has backed Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Scott Brown, meeting the Ron Paulians in Austin. It was a rally for Republican senate candidate Ted Cruz, but naturally people came to see Ron:
It's not surprising, then, that it takes a certain skill to whip a Ron Paul rally into a frenzy. So if you're looking to please a crowd of a couple thousand people holding Ron Paul signs in front of the Texas Capital and don't know exactly what to say, here's a start: Don't just stand there bashing Barack Obama. Paul supporters have bigger fish to fry.
Last Sunday, Ron Paul was back in Austin headlining a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Capitol. Paul's supporters launched the Tea Party movement back in the 2008 election cycle, but, by the 2010 midterm elections, the [Tea] Party (or at least a large segment of it) had been co-opted by the traditional right.
Amy Kremer, spokesperson for the Tea Party Express — which was organizing Sunday's rally — and one of the emcees for the event, rattled off the traditional Tea Party rhetoric (Obama is evil, Obama sucks, Obamacare is an unconscionable travesty). The crowd was almost comically un-enthused by her tired Republican talking points; by the end of her speech, Kremer couldn't go a minute without the crowd erupting into chants of "Ron Paul, Ron Paul, Ron Paul!"
As a general rule in life, you should do everything in your power not to rub Ron Paul supporters the wrong way. This can occur A) at rallies where Dr. Paul is to speak, and B) on the Internet, which, if comment boards are to be trusted, is populated entirely by Paul diehards.
Amy Kremer made the first mistake, fighting against the tide when all everyone really wanted to do was chant "End the Fed!"