Framer over at Arizona 8th has some insightful observations about the Ron Paul candidacy and its supporters. For his report he did some amazing research, he actually talked to some Ron Paul supporters.
Some within the party have taken the easy way out and dismissed Ron Paul supporters as a fringe element. Framer correctly points out that such a simple analysis misses the bigger picture. Dismissing his supporters allows the party to avoid some serious soul searching. Since the end of the Gingrich era it could be argued that the Republicans have become the party of big government with the Democrats the party of even bigger government (nice range of options.) Lots of Republican candidates talk about lower taxes but few of them talk about reducing the size, in a meaningful way, of an increasingly intrusive and less effective federal government. To me that is still a core Republican principal that only one candidate is emphasizing.