But you have to give the guy this: he's stalwart in his beliefs, even when those beliefs are inconsistent. He's much closer to a faithful devote of small-government libertarianism (in the style of a federalist, rather than in the style of a civil libertarian) than nearly any other visible politician out there. And hes got an extremely devoted and effective following. Hence, his victory in the CPAC straw poll of potential 2012 presidential contenders.
The reaction from the more mainstream Republicans is about what you would expect — outrage and horror. The Village Voice has a round-up of conservative blogger reactions that is every bit as biased, mean-spirited, and gleeful as you would expect. My favorite part:
Some leaned on the angle that Paul's people had organized effectively, thereby rendering his victory invalid.
It's funny because it's true.
I wish I could believe that the Paul victory at CPAC indicates that the Republican pendulum is swinging away from socially conservative authoritarianism and towards libertarian principles. But I suspect that it doesn't. "Security" and "values" just draw too many votes.
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