Adam Weinstein explores Paul’s appeal among members of the military. Surprisingly, the congressman also leads the GOP field in support from defense contractor employees:
Why would workers for companies that profit from war back an anti-pork candidate (self-proclaimed, anyway) who opposes, as [retired Air Force Lt. Col. Karen] Kwiatkowski puts it, “fraud, waste, abuse, warmongering, idiotic leadership, political correctness, and a host of other things”? It’s a matter of ideology, military analyst Loren Thompson explained to Defense News. “There’s a strong libertarian streak among many in the sector,” he said. “Just because people work in the defense industry doesn’t mean that they always vote their economic interests.”
H/t to Andrew Sullivan.