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Rand Paul and the New Isolationism

The Republican civil war has so many factions, you need a scorecard to sort them out — tea partyers versus the establishment; conservatives versus moderates; gubernatorial wing versus congressional wing; religious rightists versus tolerants — and even the despairing Republican National Committee, in its newly released autopsy of the ‘12 campaign, says the party is “driving around in circles on an ideological cul de sac.”
But surely the most significant fight is between the “stale and moss-covered” neoconservatives and the libertarian “wacko birds.”
For more than half a century, Republicans have championed a muscular foreign policy, a robust military interventionism. This ethos ...


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