I’m no fan of Rand Paul, but his directness in the below Politico article on the GOP’s national troubles impresses me. Here’s Politico:
Republican leaders are questioning the interventionist foreign policy that President George W. Bush and the party’s last two nominees paid obeisance to; party elites are urging a more tolerant or even supportive stance on gay rights and would be just fine if abortion wasn’t discussed at all; [...]
“We have to, as a Republican Party, get bigger, not smaller, and we’re a party that’s becoming more regionalized and I think a smaller, less significant national party,” said Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, deadpanning: “We’re a great red state party.”
The way to compete in blue America, Paul said, is to embrace a more restrained foreign policy and take a federalist approach on values issues.
“If you want to get together a majority in California I think your only chance is to be more of a libertarian Republican,” said Paul, who is considering a presidential bid in 2016 [...]
Rand Paul is right, of course. The old right wing foreign policy and traditional values canards can no longer deliver 50% of the electorate in national elections. But whether yet another white southern male is the vehicle for carrying the libertarian rebranding of the Republican Party to a national audience in 2016 is another question.
Here’s Jon Stewart, using Glenn Beck as his foil, deconstructing the paranoia, intellectual confusion, and panic that surrounds contemporary American conservatism: