What is interesting particularly to me is that on economic issues Rand Paul is by FAR FAR FAR the most “conservative” of the likely GOP candidates. On other issues I think he just takes a pragmatic and grown up approach. This is a winning combination. Jeb and Christie ain’t going to do it folks. They won’t get elected. Rand has a real shot and he has a chance at winning the presidency in a completely unique way which will totally screw with the political consultant class in DC. And let’s be honest, liberal,or conservative, or whatever, we all want to see those guys get it.
Think about this. It’s STILL true.
I hate that it’s a 0 or 1 binary political situation, Democrat or Republican, Coke/Pepsi, and in some ways it’s not. The Libertarian Party has made huge headway in many places this year just by simply saying and reflecting what people actually believe. The guy in the North Carolina Senate race is awesome.
Below is my sense of the political landscape at this moment. I do not necessarily agree with all of these sentiments but it is where I think the country is right – and I mean right – now.
He is a parliamentary candidate from the Ukrainian Internet Party. I say at least we know where this guy is coming from. Better the dark Jedi you know than the dark Jedi you don’t right?
I would actually argue that this is an antiquated way of looking at things. I would be more interested to know which cities leaned more toward statism and which generally leaned away.
The one and only time I met Ron Paul was in his office in DC in 2007. I had long admired him and I had come to pitch Dr. Paul on becoming a client of mine. I was a fledgling stock broker and I thought I might be able to interest him in some gold stocks.
What’s funny is that as soon as I walked through the door of his office and he and I sat down I forgot all about doing business and we just talked politics and strategy for about 20-25 minutes.
I left his office with a deepened respect for the man. Something which rarely happens (I now know) after meeting a politician in person.
Obama has encouraged this influx. The Chamber of Commerce has encouraged this influx. Mexico has encouraged this influx. Special interests like La Raza have encouraged this influx. It is hardball politics.
There is almost no reason why the GOP should seek to impeach the President. Mr. Obama has been hobbled by the electorate and the Supreme Court and now his philosophy and general ham handedness is on display for the world to see. The GOP wants to win elections. The party is happy to have Obama implode over the next 3 years.
Strange new battle lines are being drawn in Washington. It’s probably the most interesting bit of realignment in my lifetime. Things are changing, especially in the GOP, and it appears irreversibly so.