Originally Posted by whburgess
Keep in mind that the power that a President has, relative to Congress and domestic issues, in the FP space. A president can pretty much do what he wants on FP. In domestic policy he needs consensus.
That requires the caveat that the president not care at all about reelection or the fate of his political allies in congress. Sure, a President Paul would formally have all kinds of power to change US foreign policy, but in practice the military has considerable political power and would do everything possible to resist Paul's policies. In that environment, I think Paul would pretty quickly discovering that a President with no allies or buy-in in Congress or the various agencies has a hard time accomplishing anything.