At the 2014 CPAC Straw Poll, libertarian-leaning US Senator Rand Paul has won twice in a row.
Libertarianism is on the rise in the Republican Party.
These policies ingratiate young voters, who more socially liberal leanings feel more at home with a live-and-let-live stance from the federal government.
Pat Buchanan concurred that Senator Paul is making libertarianism a mainstream polity in the Republican Party.
He would not be alone in that assessment. Governor Reagan told Mike Wallace in a 60 Minutes interview: "Libertarianism is the heart of conservatism."
Moderator John McLaughlin diverted the discussion to liberal columnist Eleanor Clift, regarding the small number of women who identify themselves as libertarian:
Eleanor, twice as many men as women declare themselves to be libertarian. Can you account for that?
Oh I think men like to think they can do it on their own. They don't need government. And I think women traditionally look to government for a helping hand because they know they can't count on the men.
Is this remark patently sexist, or a response to statistical reality?
Do women need more government than men do? Or is this a cultural problem, made worse by a growing federal government which has limited opportunities while expanding access to government programs?
Is this a political problem, a cultural trend, or an eternal reality?