Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Where Have All the Libertarians Gone?

Ryan Sagar discusses Karl Rove's (unintentional, I assume) purging of the libertarians from the Rove-designed Republican Party:

That coalition between social conservatives and economic libertarians (who tend to be socially moderate to liberal), served the GOP well from 1964 to 2006. It gave the party eight years of Ronald Reagan and 12 years of a Republican Congress. But the Bush years have proven to be one long pulling apart. And, in a matter of days, we may just see the final snap.

Whole thing here. I firmly believe that Bush will be remembered as the Jimmy Carter of the Republican Party - i.e., the man who took the reins of power when his (purported) governing philosophy was, more or less, conventional wisdom across the country and proceeded to smash the living sh*t out of it, yielding a decade or more of reactionary retrenchment by a majority of country. I hate being right.