If the eventual Republican nominee succeeds in making clear the libertarian nature of Reaganite conservatism — and runs on that platform, he could do as well among young voters as the Gipper did in the 1980s. Bear in mind that twenty somethings today as in the Reagan era seem to have a thing for septuagenarians who talk about freedom.
Ron Paul may be a flawed messenger, but his message resonates. College students, Glenn reports, are becoming more libertarian. They may calls themselves “liberal”, but that may be because it’s just “cool” to be liberal in college. They tend to support a live-and-let-live attitude that defines the Reagan wing of the GOP.
It behooves the GOP to make clear to young voters (indeed to all voters) that is the party of individual party — and to support policies to that end. And to remind people that Democrats favor policies which limit the choices individuals can make.