• Ron Paul Supporters Ordered to Look Less Like Ron Paul Supporters

    No doubt about it: Ron paul's army of young, tech-savvy, willing-to-overlook-huge-chunks-of-information passionate supporters — who are expected to descend upon Iowa in Hannibal-like numbers next week — is a major factor in the 76-year-old congressperson's leap to the top of the polls in Iowa.

    And, don't get me wrong, I'm certain that Dr. Paul and his campaign are immensely thankful for their unflagging ever-slavering support. But wouldn't it be nice if they were a little bittotally completely different than they are?

    [T]hey say they are under strict orders: To look, dress, shave, sound and behave in a way that will not jeopardize Mr. Paul's chances. Even before flying here on their own nickel, some students said they had been instructed to cover up tattoos and told that their faces should be fresh-shaved or beards neatly trimmed, wearing only nice clothes that one described as "business casual."

    "No tats," another volunteer, Rocco Lucente, said as he ticked off the rules after arriving at the airport Tuesday night. No liquor, no drugs and, he said, no "fraternizing in the dorms, nothing like that."

    He said the standard expected of volunteers was: "What would Ron Paul do?"

    Sooooo… Would Ron Paul smoke a cube of beef bullion from a skull-shaped bong under a tree in the park? Eeerrrmmm… Tough one. Depends, really.

    Is this more of a state's rights or a federal issue?

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    Tags: Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul


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