One interesting footnote to the Iowa race: the “evangelical” vote was split fairly evenly between Romney, Santorum, and Paul. This debunks an annoying notion among hardcore libertarians that “evangelicals” are consistently against Paul and for big government candidates. A lot of them are, but the younger ones like Paul. They know they will foot the bill for the welfare/warfare state, and have a genuine problem with bombing people into embracing Western secular democracy.
Nothing will change in the foreseeable future; there will be no voluntary return by the electorate to the country’s original principles, what Richard Hooker called “authority derived at the first…consent.” We can only sit back and watch the unstoppable laws of economics gradually work themselves out against the hubris of “yes we can!”