Posted by Adam @ 1:10 pm on July 4th 2013

While I’m trawling old posts

I would note that Brad was in on the Ron Paul thing not just early, but also with gusto. It’s easy to look back at successful campaigns which took off from humble beginnings and feel that it was obvious all along, but it’s also pretty easy to back a damp squib (at least I didn’t back Giuliani! My failed candidate had the virtue of not stressing any of us out too much and he can sell you an excellent reverse mortgage, to boot, whereas Giuliani would let you marry your same-sex partner, but only in anti-terrorist permanent detention).

So, in summary, I think we can conclude that Brad is responsible for Ron Paul’s success and the rest of us can bask in his glory.

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  1. Early adopter!

    Rojas was on board fairly early too, and both of us had been familiar and boosterish with Ron Paul from way back to his LP and congressional days.

    But yeah – I was I think the first person to sign up for the Ron Paul Meetup page for the Pittsburgh region (Meetup was the tool of choice in those days), and to actually meet up. I have very fond memories of that year, year and a half. It was nuts, equal part drunken debauchery as intoxicated (in a spiritual sense) idealism, but it was a ride, that’s for sure. And as you say, what was such a rush about it at the time was not, it was NOT obvious, at all. If anything, it seemed so unobvious as to be borderline delusional. I very much remember that first Meetup meeting – the strange assortment of people that showed up, from old ex-hippy liberals to Young Republican Chamber of Commerce guys to LP bikers to conspiracy theorists to young people and everything in between. And what I remember is how weird it was, because each of us had been approaching our support basically entirely alone – and believing we probably WERE alone – and to come out and see that there were other people out there who were feeling the same way and seeing the same things – I don’t even mean it inspired solidarity, but more a kind of detached shock that there existed other people. Hard to describe, but it was the pervasive awkwardness hanging over that meeting. It was only after a few of those meetings that the thrill of solidarity started to kick in, and the work begun.

    Comment by Brad — 7/5/2013 @ 12:47 pm

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