In something of a follow-up to Jeff's piece below, I offer, without either endorsement or criticism, this excerpt from a piece by Senator Rand Paul in the Washington Times:
When the GOP examines itself to try to regain its mojo, I hope Republicans will look at the message of Ron Paul, because as it stands now, the GOP is a dinosaur that can’t compete on the West Coast, in New England or in the Great Lakes region. Before the powers that be call for abandoning our limited-government principles, maybe we should look at how Ron Paul adhered more consistently to the first principles of our founders and, in the process, found a unique and diverse coalition that actually could have competed in a world not controlled by a two-party system.
Discuss any and all aspects of Senator Paul's assertions. Having kicked the hornet's nest, I'll step back and watch from an enclosed structure.