The University of Michigan's school paper runs a fun little profile of the campus "Ron Paul House" and its denizens, and how they are reviving an old Ann Arbor tradition of political passion.
A couple of excerpts (scan down to find the story under the headline "Ann Arbor's Ron Paul House: Hanging out with fans of the GOP's kookiest candidate," part of a roundup of small bits of campus news):
….stepping into the worn-down building transports you to a scene that almost feels as if you're back in the radical, politically active 1960s—the sort of scene that's been long dead in Ann Arbor. Graffiti covers the walls, the room is littered with political posters and pamphlets, Bob Marley is playing and there are two of the most comfortable looking couches you have ever seen.
When you walk in, you'll likely be greeted by University alum Adam de Angeli, the technology coordinator for the Ron Paul campaign in the state of Michigan. De Angeli will prove a sort of a bearded guide for your journey through the world of Ron Paul.
…..He shares the space with a small music studio and a T-shirt printing shop. The Shop used to be The Planet, a T-shirt shop run by de Angeli, but he convert the space into an unofficial headquarters for Ron Paul supporters….
De Angeli said members of the University chapter of Students for Ron Paul and other Ron Paul activists occasionally come to hang out and read Ron Paul-related literature. Last night, Eastern Michigan University sophomore and Ron Paul supporter Adam Spaude rolled up to the hangout on his skateboard to chat with de Angeli.
……de Angeli keeps a Paul-autographed copy of the annotated U.S. Constitution as well as a bound collection of the Constitution, all amendments and all case law affecting the Constitution. A map of the state identifying the other Paul support groups hangs on the wall next to the book.
Ann Arbor–whose most famous export is our own fightin' managing editor Jesse Walker–was the site of a huge Ron Paul rally last month.