In an April 2014 post on Mischiefs of Faction, I contemplate the hostility of GOP elites towards Rand Paul’s foreign policy views. Can they persuade the masses to care about the issue? I draw a lot upon Pew’s study of American public opinion on foreign policy — Republicans look mostly, but not entirely, hawkish. Since this post, the foreign policy debate has shifted toward Ukraine and Iraq — more “comfort food” for Republican insiders, who get to denounce a Democratic president for being “soft.”
In this Mischiefs of Faction post from January 2014, I speculate on how the debates over same-sex marriage, marijuana legalization, and the NSA will play out in the 2016 elections. I think my predictions have held up.