Oh, I think this is on the money. All hell is going to break loose on foreign policy in the GOP as we get closer to 2016. Anyone who is studying political science right now in school is just going to have a blast over the next couple of years as this is slugged out. Grab the popcorn.
I am almost giddy.
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.
Politics as we have known them in this country are shifting significantly. New coalitions are in the process of being built. It’s an exciting time.
If the GOP was seen as a party of genuine free enterprise (I know, don’t laugh), which made the case to all people that free markets and free prices generate prosperity and that government intervention and cronyism lead to stagnation and despair, the party could make serious progress with non-white voters.
The move toward libertarianism just makes common sense. In a world which is more connected, where we are able to do more and more for ourselves in ever more cost efficient and customized ways, (Think banking, research, legal documents, medical information, pretty much everything.) free markets and free prices make life easier and more interesting.
The establishment is circling the wagons. They want their defense industry money protected. The Chamber of Commerce wants its corporate welfare protected. The big banks want to make sure their corporate welfare is protected. The establishment GOP consultants who would rather lose and make millions than have a smaller government want their cottage industry protected. House leadership fears a libertarianish president. So does the Senate leadership.
The whole Beltway GOP does not want the party to evolve. (The Dems don’t want the GOP to evolve either.)They would rather it remain a big government party with a slightly different social flavor than the Democrats. (The Dems would prefer this also.)
From earlier this month.