Here’s just a small sampling:
- From RedState, which in the past has sometimes been very hostile to Ron Paul, comes this friendly piece: “Looking around at CPAC now though, seeing the students here and watching the excitement, it’s clear to me that the youth coming up today have their own hero, and his name is Ron Paul….I’m not sure what this means for the party in the next 20 years, but I think we’ll have to find a way to make peace. I’m not calling for a truce, but we’ll have to deal with it.”
- Meanwhile, Slate seems to have realized that freedom attracts a younger and more diverse crowd than neoconservatism:
- Slate’s David Weigel also quotes YAL’s Jeff Frazee on Young Americans for Freedom’s apparently sudden realization that Ron Paul is a noninterventionist (because it’s not like he’s been saying that for 30+ years or anything):
The very moment that Ron Paul won the straw poll, I was handed a press release from Young Americans for Freedom: “NATION’S OLDEST CONSERVATIVE/LIBERTARIAN ACTIVIST GROUP EXPELS RON PAUL FROM ADVISORY BOARD.” YAF’s senior national director Aaron Marks was quoted saying Paul was “clearly off his meds,” and that YAF was “more aligned with Obama” than Paul on national security.
I walked outside to celebrating members of Paul’s Young Americans for Liberty. They interrupted hugs and high-fives to have a laugh at this.
“Why be this inflammatory?” laughed Jeff Frazee, executive director of YAL. “It’s a publicity stunt, but it’s nice to see them say they agree with Obama.”
- The publicity stunt also sparked kind words for YAL from Campaign for Liberty’s Jesse Benton, who commented to Politico, “I hadn’t heard of YAF doing anything in years, I thought they were defunct. Young Americans for Liberty is the group of the future.”
And though he seemed to attempt to minimize the importance of the straw poll just before Dr. Paul’s win was announced, outgoing CPAC chairman David Keene readily agreed that Ron Paul and organizations like YAL and C4l have produced a “‘more energized, bigger, more effective’ conservative movement.” Ron Paul, he admitted, “energized kids.” Indeed, Mr. Keene. Indeed he did.