By Richard K. Barry
Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post writes that veteran Republicans are almost unanimous in their belief that Sen. Rand Paul is "already a national leader within the party and will be a major factor if (but really when) he runs for president in 2016."
Okay. If you guys really think that's a good idea, go for it. I mean what could go wrong? Oh, maybe that whole libertarian thing that made him once argue that private businesses should not have to adhere to the 1964 Civil Rights Act because, you know, the marketplace will deal with bad actors like that?
Those Republicans who were asked pointed to his filibuster as a stroke of brilliance that catapulted him onto the national stage. They add that old guard attacks "solidified his position as leader of the new right." They say, as Cillizza writes, that he is a "person of principle" with a "showman's sense of the moment, a rare and underrated ability in politics."
But the point is that beside being a charter member of the Tea Party, he actually describes himself as a libertarian, the main point of which is to reduce the size of government as much as possible or, in extreme cases, eliminate it completely.
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Labels: 2016 election, Libertarianism, Rand Paul, Republicans, Tea Party