Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Why the Election Results are Bad for the Freedom Caucus and Rand Paul
With the Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in 2019 after last night's election, the Republican Freedom Caucus will become impotent.
Power will, of course, shift to the Democrats and the leverage that the Freedom Caucus brought to the House to move things a tiny bit more liberty-oriented will be gone.
Individually, no doubt, members now may more "boldly" object to moves away from liberty---when their votes face no political pressure and will mean nothing.
In the Senate, where Republicans will gain 2 or 3 seats, it will result in Senator Rand Paul losing some or all of his leverage. He was often the swing vote that at least gave him the opportunity to highlight to the President moves away from liberty. Rand's golf outing with the President are now over.
With the Republicans gaining seats in the Senate, it is unlikely that Rand's vote will be the key vote at any time in the next two years.
Perhaps, it will provide an opportunity for Rand to provide eloquent statements on the Senate floor highlighting to the nation what is a move in the direction of liberty and what the vision of the Founding Fathers was and warnings when things move in the opposite direction as they likely often will do.
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