It was clear when Rep. Ron Paul took the stage that he was the reason many CPAC attendees were there.
The day's loudest applause greeted the Texas Congressman upon his entrance in the room, and, echoing the movement that enveloped his 2008 presidential bid, he noted upon taking the podium: "Glad to see the revolution is continuing."
Paul hit hard on his signature rhetoric about the looming destruction of the U.S. dollar, but used events in Egypt to illustrate his point that "the federal reserve creates money out of thin air."
"A lot of people now say, 'What should our position be?'" he said. "And I would say, 'We need to do a lot less a lot sooner, not only in Egypt, but around the world.
"Some people want to argue about that and say we have a moral responsibility to spread our goodness around this world," Paul continued. "But guess what? The government is crumbling, and the people are upset. Not only with the government, but with us for propping up the puppet dictator all those years."
Cue a long stream of audience cheers -- along with scattered jeers from the more traditional conservative crowd.