Between you and me, I hope Rand Paul will bring libertarian principles into the GOP, and become such a dazzling, persuasive, factual spokesman that he hijacks the party away from the old-timers and single-issue screamers. Replace Boehner and McConnell with Paul, Jindal, Rubio.
Libertarianism is the only political stripe that can ally older, fiscal conservatives with the younger, social liberals we need, like it or not, to win elections.
I'll gladly cede religion, gay marriage, etc. if it gives me a say in preventing the country's slide into socialism. As Europe is showing, it is easy to slide into economic disaster, and very, very difficult to recover.