Tampa, Fla. — Greetings from the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. Ron Paul will hold a rally here in a couple hours. His son, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, will speak, and John Popper of Blues Traveler will play a few tunes.
Inside the arena, Steven Van Zandt’s “I Am a Patriot” just played over the loudspeakers. The crowd loved these lyrics: “I ain’t no Democrat, and I ain’t no Republican either. I only know one party, and its name is freedom.”