In 40 years, the Millenial generation will have taken over the GOP, and they’ll be nominating 116-year-old Ron Paul, who already looks like he’s 116 years old and by that point will look like Yoda. We have no doubt that whatever wizard powers Paul possesses to attract thousands of fanatically loyal followers to his bizarre paleoconservative goldbug platform will also allow him to still be campaigning for president well into the three figures.
As The New Republic rightly points out, the support Paul has amongst 18-to-29-year-olds is clearly the most fascinating number of this whole thing (well, that and Rick Perry suddenly taking the lead). It suggests a long-term libertarian shift in the Republican party may happen in the future. Just look at all the libertarians on Tumblr. If you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground, this fact is clear, and it suggests that Reason Magazine will do quite well in the future.