What to Make of Rand Paul and Throwing the Bums Out?

A lot of my friends in the liberty movement have celebrated Rand Paul’s recent landslide victory in the Republican Kentucky Senate primary. But I can’t help but remember what Milton Friedman said over thirty years ago:

I’m sure everyone knows this, but remember that Rand Paul is running for office, and he will, I’m sorry to say, have to become more and more of a politician as he moves into the general election. And this might mean compromising on principle if that’s what he has to do to be elected. I’m not saying he’s like the opportunists that make up the rest of the Senate, but he’s gotta play the game.

It may not happen. But he’s still a politician.

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