What did libertarian Republicans lose on Tuesday?
You lost some “friends” who had exploited the libertarian label but who never deserved it. J.D. Hayworth in Arizona. George Allen in Virginia. Jim Talent in Missouri. In losing them, you lost … baggage. These were folks you never should have been in bed with in the first place — and in your hearts you know I’m right. Know-Nothingism, Mrs. Grundyism, crony “capitalism” and jingoism may make for a nice wave to ride in the short term, but the undertow’s a bitch when that wave collapses. Thank your lucky stars that for the most part those who got sucked under were the ones who deserved it — and that they didn’t take the whole libertarian Republican movement down with them.
Right now, libertarian Republicans are the only faction in the GOP left standing. Everyone else has been drowned in the deluge or is still cowering on the beach, coughing up water and trying to figure out what the hell hit them. You guys are the only ones left with any credibility, any muscle, any ideas that resonate with the public. If the Republican Party has a future, YOU ARE IT.