In fairness Romney is probably not fully involved at this point. The establishment Republicans are seeking desperately to find a candidate which keeps the current GOP power structure in place.
Politics continues to get more and more interesting. Things are changing in a big way.
It’s not all driven by Rand Paul. Technology (and social media specifically) has a lot to do with it. The economy sputtering does too. And of course the general war fatigue.
But Rand is articulating a message which reflects where many Americans are right now, in a way that I’ve never seen in my lifetime.
Things in Ferguson Missouri are a bit out of hand. The looters are nuts and the response from the cops looks about as crazy. As bad as things might be in Ferguson, this kind of show of force (see above) by local law enforcement is over the top.
Let’s not forget the establishment Republicans who don’t like him either.
A pretty good article on the current state of libertarianism. Cautiously optimistic, with a touch of amused befuddlement the article examines the ascendancy of libertarianism into mainstream politics.
I am not a big fan of Melissa Harris-Perry. In fact I would say that generally I don’t particularly like her. But the attached video from her show is a very interesting discussion of Rand Paul’s recent speech to the Urban League.
I was just out in San Francisco and I definitely sensed a political shift in the winds. Obama’s “hope and change” has long left the Bay Area for many, though most won’t say it out loud yet. One gets the feeling out there that people think now is the time to begin turning the page on this political era, the Bush/Obama era.
The DC GOP crowd, mostly Bushites these days, has no real interest in shrinking the size of government or in reducing crony capitalism. Chris Christie, Jeb, and the rest really don’t care about rolling back the state. In fact their ilk are really all for expanding government’s roll in your life and in the economy. They just want to control the levers of power.
We are a long, long way out but this kind of lead even at this early stage puts panic into the hearts of the more establishment GOP candidates for president. To be clear, a large part of the GOP in Washington DC would rather have Hilary Clinton as president than Rand Paul. The last thing the bankers want is a president who will force an audit of the Federal Reserve or even seek to hobble the Federal Reserve.
Let’s see, are the perpetual war guys who are nominally part of the Republican Party going to side with Hillary Clinton if Jeb Bush or Chris Christie don’t get the nomination? Probably. If Rand Paul gets the nomination? Almost assuredly.