Glibertarians crack me up repeatedly. They’re so awful, they apparently abandon their own candidate because it’s the mavericky thing to do.
The Reason-Rupe September 2012 poll includes our favorite ideological questions to differentiate libertarians from liberals and conservatives. Using three questions, we can define libertarians as respondents who believe “the less government the better,” who prefer the “free market” to handle problems, and who want government to “favor no particular set of values.” These fiscally conservative, socially liberal voters represent 20% of the public in the Reason-Rupe poll, in line with previous estimates.
Among these likely libertarian voters, the presidential horserace currently stands:
Romney’s share of the libertarian vote represents a high water mark for Republican presidential candidates in recent elections.
Considering these chuckleheads happily voted for Bush’s re-election in 2004 59%-38% over John Kerry despite Cowboy George getting us to some awesome wars where we dropped all kinds of liberty on people half a world away, I don’t think your definition of “libertarian” actually means what you seem to believe it should. And this year, once again, they have no intention of voting for the actual libertarian candidate.
Now, if you define “libertarian” as “Hypocritical Randian austerity-loving misery junkie war pigs” then yes, you have a point. But let’s be honest, these guys are really just plain old garden variety Country Club Repubs and have been since the Reagan years.
Self-hating Republicans, the lot of them. Just switch the faith of choice from Talibangelical to Church Of The Invisible Hand Dropping Bombs, and that’s the only difference.