Originally Posted by Taco John
Mitt Romney's loss shows one thing and one thing only: a moderate conservative cannot win. The Reagan coalition has to be rebuilt. I think it will. I think Rand Paul is the future of the Republican party at this point.
McCain and Romney were both moderates (at least before and after their primaries) - I could see why Republicans would want to nominate a hard-core conservative.
I just don't see it as a winning strategy. Rand Paul would be annihilated in a general election, pick your gaffe: BP oil spill
, civil rights
, no abortion for rape victims, etc. It wouldn't be pretty.
This isn't 1980, it's not even 2004. The electorate is much different. Who would Rand Paul attract, aside from white men?