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Ramesh Ponnuru

Rand Paul Has a Moment, Millennials Shrug

Can Rand Paul finally attract young voters to the Republican Party? His past doesn't offer much hope.
Do young people really care about Rand Paul's brand of politics?
Do young people really care about Rand Paul's brand of politics?

While I was on vacation, the New York Times Magazine published a cover story on the possibility of a "libertarian moment" in politics. The idea was that a public dissatisfied with war, government surveillance and excess regulation, while increasingly liberal on some social issues, may be newly attuned to the libertarian worldview.

One question author Robert Draper took up was whether the Republican Party could increase its appeal to young voters by moving in a libertarian direction, specifically by relaxing its opposition to gay marriage and pot while asserting its defense of individual liberty and free markets.