Rand Paul’s Bad Advice for Republicans

by Ramesh Ponnuru

My new Bloomberg View column discusses the junior senator from Kentucky and the strategy for a Republican comeback that he has outlined:

[W]ith confidence in government on the decline, the time would seem to be ripe for Paul’s brand of libertarianism. The senator himself has presented his approach as a cure for what ails his party. He recently told Chris Wallace of Fox News that the “libertarian Republican narrative” would make the party competitive again on the West Coast, in New England and around the Great Lakes.

I argue that the strategy has a fatal flaw.

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