When this forum was planned a few months ago, Cato was well ahead of the curve in asking if libertarians should vote Democrat. But the way things have been going for the GOP, it won’t be long before Heritage corrupts another Cato idea by holding an online forum, “Should conservatives vote Republican?”
That, in its own way, is yet another reason for libertarians to vote Democrat this fall. A conservative crackup will be very good for the country, but it will also be good for libertarians. Under this administration, the Republican Party stopped competing for your votes a long time ago. So long as the Republican debate is between corporate conservatives and social-issue conservatives, the only question will be which of your beliefs takes a worse beating — free enterprise or individual liberty, small government or limited government.
Matt Yglesias is right that the Democratic Party is not going libertarian anytime soon. But unlike the Bush crowd, at least we’re not offering you a choice between Dumb and Dumber. With Democrats, you’ll get a government that’s fiscally responsible and accountable, not one that divides its time beween cultural warfare and corporate welfare.