The WSJ has profiled a hedge fund manager and high-level donor to the Romney/Ryan campaign whose political views break significantly with Republican Party orthodoxy:
This behind-the-scenes influence has prompted chatter in GOP circles that [Paul] Singer, already an informal policy adviser to the Romney campaign, might be offered a job in a potential Republican administration. Mr. Singer, 68 years old, says he isn’t interested in a Romney administration position, but has offered ideas in areas including gay marriage—he supports it, at odds with the ticket—foreign policy and fiscal affairs. He also shares his quarterly investor letter, which routinely runs more dozens of pages, with the campaign.
American politics can be more complicated than media stereotypes would lead us to think. Paul Singer is a major contributor to Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the campaign for gay marriage. His views on financial regulation are also complex. He doesn’t like Dodd-Frank, partly because he has reservations about excessive regulation but also because he doesn’t think the law goes far enough in some respects to prevent another crash.
Singer is very conservative on many issues, but the range of his views should remind us that in spite of all the noise and polarization American politics can still surprise us.
Many conservatives have liberal streaks, and many liberals also have conservative streaks. It’s a good thing we aren’t a nation of purists; not only do these cross currents help us find compromise from time to time, but our own mixed views can help us understand where others are coming from.