Interesting clip on Paul’s future and the future of the Republican Party (a theme we’ve discussed before here) from two smart libgressives. Embedding isn’t working, so here it is. A lot of thoughtful points about the difficulties that Paul could face in 2016 (though I think Rob may be overestimating Paul’s difficulties in KY if he simply concentrates on running for Senate).
One little thing: The last line about the end of the welfare state could only come from someone who doesn’t quite understand the Republican Party today or Mitt Romney. So he must have been engaging in hyperbole. For good or for bad, they aren’t libertarians and won’t be gutting the welfare state as we know it. Can we not remember the expansion of the welfare state under George W? Didn’t you notice that the Republican conventioneers were all about saving Medicare? Even big parts of ObamaCare will be preserved in the unlikely event that the Republicans run the table this year. The Republicans aren’t your great, great grandfather’s Democratic Party (of Grover Cleveland, of course!).