What Will Become Of The Paulites?

Andrew Sullivan —  Feb 2 2012 @ 8:38pm


Scott McConnell wonders if the GOP will make room:

While it is surely too soon to speak authoritatively about "Ron Paul Republicans," as we do about Reagan Democrats or evangelicals, such a voting bloc appears to exist. Whether they become part of the GOP coalition is critical to the party’s future. … When in Iowa and New Hampshire a young crowd cheered a liberty-based campaign with chants of "Bring them home," it was hard to imagine more full frontal repudiation of the Bush/Cheney vision of the party.

(Photo: A Ron Paul supporter joins Gingrich supporters to cheer their candidates at Florida's largest intersection in the Wesley Chapel area of Tampa, Florida on January 21, 2012. Wesley Chapel is part of the greater Tampa area that has boomed in the past decade or more, making it one of the nation's Sunbelt 'Boomburbs'. This intersection has 10 lanes across to pump traffic through area. Essentially Boomburbs here are filled with people who've come from other states and with differing political views. It's expected to be a swing vote area in the upcoming primary. By Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)