Ron Paul is the man who wants to bring back isolationism and the gold standard (almost)--Republican platform planks from the 1930s. Ron Paul is the man who says that Osama Bin Laden has reasons for his anger and we should listen to them. Ron Paul, a man with two first names and no last name, finds himself at that far end of the right wing that meets up nicely with the far end of the left wing.
Here, by contrast, is the good news. Twice as many conventioneers didn't vote for Paul as did. They expressed themselves as follows, per CNN:
The announcement of Paul's win, a surprise victory unlikely to have a major impact on the 2012 presidential contest, drew a volley of loud boos from the CPAC audience.
And for those who voted for Paul, who are mad and won't take it any more, a few weeks of sustained exposure to Paul will certainly cool their ardor.
In the meantime, we can hear Democrats chuckling and rubbing their hands together. Tomorrow everyone on a Sunday talk show will receive an email instructing them on how to characterize conservatives as out-of-touch extremists who are consumed by hatred and negativity. And tomorrow there will be just enough truth in that for the characterization to stick.