RENO, NV - Warm feelings were the rule as 75 year old Congressman Ron Paul walked into Washoe County Republican headquarters Friday morning.
It was in marked contrast to his last appearance in Reno as a presidential candidate.
Paul has long been able to attract a crowd of enthusiastic followers here, and finished second in the 2008 Republican caucus, but when Paul supporters were poised to grab a lion's share of delegates to the national convention, state party leaders shut down the state convention and appointed their own.
The train wreck of the convention left a split that local party leaders have been trying to bridge ever since. Friday that rift seemed just about healed.
"It's the difference between night and day," said Paul." not only here but around the country. So, I think the attitude and the mood of the country has changed dramatically, but here in Nevada things are looking up."
Paul is reentering the scene ready to talk about ideas just after a month in which Donald Trump seemed to push everyone else to the sidelines with less serious talk.
Ask Paul about it and he comes close to agreeing with the president that Trump's birtherism and the complicity of the media was a silly distraction from real issues.
"I think he stole those lines from me because I've been saying I'm not really into this issue and I'd rather talk about the dollar value and the wars that are going on."
Some of his libertarian views have often cast him as an outsider in national Republican circles as well, but in 2011 with the Tea Party driving much of the party's agenda, the political conversation seems to be turning to his issues, of small government, low taxes.
"The wars that we face and the monetary problems, the bailout and what's going on in the Federal Reserve. All of a sudden the demand to know more about this has just escalated and therefore I think we're in a much better position to get these views out."
Paul still hasn't decided on a run for the White House, but with Nevada slated for an early caucus again. It's likely this visit won't be his last.