Is Rand Paul and Libertarianism the GOP's Future? Nick Gillespie on Hardball


Last night, I appeared on MSNBC's Hardball with guest host Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM"s POTUS Channel 124 and Republican strategist John Feehery. The topic was whether Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and libertarianism are the best way forward for the GOP.

About 7 minutes. Take a look.

And check out Smerconish on Twitter and online here. A lifelong Republican, he famously left the GOP in 2010, frustrated that it had become in his words, "a party of exclusion and litmus tests, dominated on social issues by the religious right, with zero discernible outreach by the national party to anyone who doesn't fit neatly within its parameters." Which isn't to say he's a Democrat, either. Instead, Smerconish, whose radio program is genuinely engaging and conversational in a way that is increasingly rare, arguably represents the best of the non-allied center of American politics. I don't always agree with him, but if you are interested in knowing what sensible centrists think—and what sorts of issues and arguments they find compelling—he's a great resource to turn to.