In his stimulating article State of the Union: Rand Paul Brings Libertarianism to the GOP, Brian Doherty of Reason Magazine outlines the implications of the GOP's current political climate.
After suffering a humiliating defeat to a vulnerable President Obama, the Republican Party is now experiencing both a void in power and an effort to rebrand. This scenario offers non-establishment wings of the party--namely libertarian Republicans and Tea Partiers--to gain influence. Having formally responded to the President's State of the Union Address, Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are two figures that offer the GOP credibility, rebranding and the ability to broaden the base.
How will this tricky time unfold? Will the GOP unify under a coherent, principled message, or is a messy battle brewing? Maybe, as Doherty hints, Senator Rand Paul is the best vehicle for Libertarianism in the mainstream.