By Craig Westover | MinnPost.com
Among rank and file conservative GOPers, there is a begrudging respect for the Paulites' quixotic quest to drag the Republican Party kicking and screaming back to its Goldwater/Reagan principles.
"We're telling our fellow Republicans that it's OK to defend the Constitution," said Minnesota state coordinator for Ron Paul, Marianne Stebbins. "We're telling them it's OK to speak up against amnesty [for illegal immigrants]. We're even acknowledging that nation building might not be the best idea and that we should stick to defense, particularly that of our borders."