Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf executes a colossal overthink of Rush Limbaugh's "the neocons are paranoid" rant last Friday:
I don't want to exaggerate the size of the Rush Limbaugh right.... What I do want to make is the modest claim that Limbaugh giving this treatment to the "Paul vs. McCain" divide ... shows that the whole GOP is already in a very different place than it was prior to Election 2012.
Good grief. Saying the GOP is now removed to "a very different place" from pre-Election 2012 is an exaggeration.
There's been no strategic shift here. None whatsoever. Limbaugh's love of Rand Paul's loathing is merely tactical--the enemy of my enemy sort of thing. That's all there is to it. Were a Republican to re-ascend to the highest office of foreign policy possibilities, his party would return soon enough to squandering what's left of the public treasury on massive losses of American lives in yet more frightfully godforsaken wastelands.
Limbaugh was only reflecting the GOP's deepest principle: froth at anything Obama does.