Originally published as:The Ron Paul Delusion
A certain gesture of frustration: Townhall.com
by David Harsanyi
What are we to make of the Republican Party’s future now that libertarian Rep. Ron Paul won the presidential straw poll at the well-attended Conservative Political Action Conference last week?
Is the GOP about to transform into the party of the gold standard?
Let’s, for a moment, forget Paul (and how I wish this could be a permanent condition, considering the congressman is neither a serious politician nor — and I can’t stress this enough — a serious thinker).
Libertarianism offers conservatives — many of them new to political activism — an earnest ideological alternative to the process-heavy politics that dominate Washington.