If Rand Paul were to win the GOP nomination for president in 2016 would the neocons go back to being Democrats?

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Many people don’t know that the neoconservative ideology actually emerged with Irving Kristol (father of Bill Kristol the current editor of the Weekly Standard) and a group of former Trotskyites from the City College of New York. They advocated a big military presence abroad (witness Iraq) and an activist government with a generally socially conservative flavor. In the 1970s the neocons, fed up with the radical social left in the Democratic party defected to the Republicans, then not a “party of small government” at all.

Now the Republicans might be returning to their more commonsensical, perhaps even truly small government roots, and this annoys many people who are in power in the GOP but likely won’t remain so for long. The neocons, who saw their zenith during the Bush years are on the downslope of influence in a big way.

In the attached article in the Daily Caller Matt K. Lewis asks whether McCain would back Hillary Clinton over Rand Paul in the 2016 presidential race.

Lewis thinks that it matters. I don’t know that it does. Republican voters didn’t like the guy in 2008 and I don’t think many would care if McCain, the Cold Warrior angry bird, abandoned his party. I think many expect it.

Click here for the article.


"Would the John McCains of the world back Hillary over Rand Paul in ’16?" Matt K. Lewis, Dailycaller.com, 2013-05-02.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant whose clients have spanned the political spectrum, his work has been featured at Chief Executive MagazineBreitbartReason.com, NPR.com, Townhall, The Daily Caller, and many other publications. He has spoken at CPAC, The Commit Forum, The Atlas Summit, The US Chamber of Commerce, The National Press Club, and at other venues. Sorrentino is the Founder of Exelorix Consultants and a senior fellow at Future 500. He is also the author of the book Politicos, Predators, Payoffs, and Vegan Pizza. A graduate of Mary Washington College he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.