What It’s Like To Go To A Halloween Party In Iowa With Rand Paul

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

DES MOINES, Iowa — “Actually I have a theory about alot of the intervention we’ve been doing around the world hasto do with gold,” a woman dressed as “Death of Libertycourtesy of the Washington establishment” told me unsolicitedFriday night.

We were at Buzzard Billy’s Bar, which not onlyfeatures fried alligator but also sautéedalligator, and her costume and thoughts weren’t particularlyout of place. She was one a few dozen people attending RandPaul’s Halloween Costume Party.

There was a guy dressed as Guy Fawkes, an Obamacare surgeon andzombie Abraham Lincoln, who people screamed “tyrant” atwhen he stood in front of the crowd during costume-judging time.Rand Paul was also in attendance,  supposedly dressedas $18 trillion dollars in debt, but that only really consisted ofwearing a t-shirt with “$18 trillion”emblazoned on it.

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

Those in attendance gave all sorts of reasons for supportingPaul for president. Two Iowa law students said they support himbecause of his stance on the debt ceiling and because he will“uphold constitutionality.” A wounded vet said he likesPaul’s “non-interventionism.”

But Angie Davidson, Ms. Death of Liberty, was perhaps the mostardent Paul supporter in attendance.

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

Photo: Jamie Weinstein

“I worked on his father’s campaign,” Davidson,who is also chair of the Louisa County Republicans, told The DailyCaller. “He really stands for what I believe in: limitedgovernment, fiscal responsibility, bringing America back to thebasis of what it was.”

She says she used to be a writer, but then she found outHomeland Security was monitoring her blog and decided to end herliterary career.

It was after I finished my interview that Davis,who owns a soap-making business, that she came back upto me and told me how the CIA is manufacturing thethreat of radical Islam and that America’s real reason forintervening around the world was its rapacious appetite forgold.

“I think that CIA is responsible for the formation ofal-Qaida,” she said, repeating a conspiracy theory that Paul himselfhas promulgated but has no basis in fact.

Even former libertarian presidential contender Gary Johnson istoo much of a “humanitarian interventionist” forher.

“That’s why I don’t like Gary Johnson,”she said. “Gary Johnson is a neocon.”

But while talking politics seemed to be a passion of many ofthose in attendance, this was Friday night and there was a contestto be won.

“We are not the generation where everybody gets aparticipation medal,” Steve Grubbs, a strategist for Paul whocame dressed as the candidate he supports, announced beforecommencing the costume contest. “This is not a Bernie Sandersparty.”

Defender of the Republic Obi Wan Kenobi came infirst place and won “18 trillion” debt shirt similar tothe one Paul was wearing. Davidson came in second place and won anautographed “Don’t Drone Me Bro” t-shirt.

Paul seemed amiable throughout the evening, talking with theattendees, but his face didn’t express tremendous enthusiasm.Perhaps that’s because his campaign is having some trouble.There have been calls from some Republicans for him to end hisstruggling campaign so he can focus onhis Senate re-election campaign in Kentucky.

So whom would these Paul supporters transfer their allegiance toif Paul left the race before the caucuses? There was no definitiveanswer from the attendees, but when asked about DonaldTrump, a great tormentor of Paul’s, all the attendees TheDCtalked to had positive things to say.

“You know what, he’s one of the most honest men inpolitics,” Gene Nassif, the Drake Law student dressed as anObamacare surgeon, said.

“I met Trump the other night and he was actually verygenuine,” Davidson said.

“But his past is too rocky for me to even think of,”she added, before trailing off.

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