[cross-posted at Austro-Athenian Empire]
I didnt catch Tim Russerts interview with Ron Paul, but check out the transcript. (Caveat: I dont know how accurate the transcript is as a whole, but Im willing to bet that Paul didnt actually say Randolph Bourne says war is a helpless state. And what is the Robert/Taft wing of the party? Whod they get to do the transcript, Dana Perino?)
I think Paul did a pretty good job on the whole, but the transcript does illustrate the perils of a libertarian electoral strategy. If you run as a consistent libertarian, youll scare off voters as they now are; if, instead, you water down or soft-pedal some aspects of your philosophy, youll get called on the inconsistency as happens here, where Paul ends up sounding like hes defending the FBI, the CIA, public schools, and the legitimacy of invading North Korea as long as Congress declares war first.
I dont think this dilemma is a decisive argument against going the electoral route, but it certainly counts in the minus column.