Tuesday, November 4, 2008

An Interesting Time for the Libertarian Party

Despite the headwind that free-market advocates are facing these last six weeks, and despite that Bob Barr has alienated Ron Paul's supporters, it looks like the LP still got its best turnout ever in percentage terms. So what's going on here? Is it just alienated GOP fiscal conservatives who aren't as queasy about their older brothers and sisters about marijuana and abortion?

This is probably more because of dissatisfaction with the GOP then a sudden identification with LP ideals; for example, the turnout includes my mother, who said she was voting LP because we need laws to stop companies from sending jobs overseas; (Added later: she voted Green because the LP wasn't on the ticket in PA. I'm still recovering from hearing that.) Let's hope most voters aligned their votes better with their values.

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