Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama's Libertarian Voters Have Buyers Remorse

David Bernstein at The Volokh Conspiracy (via Instapundit) wonders: "how many libertarian fans Obama has left?" Nick Gillespie of Reason made a similar point when he asked:
Question to the folks, including some of the libertarian persuasion (you fools!), who were bullish on Obama back when the alternative was John McCain, the Terri Schiavo of presidential candidates: When are you going to admit that Barry O stinks on ice?
Obama's actions bear little resemblance to his promises. The media provide cover for him, but I wonder if it's possible to quantify that. Is it possible to say that the average Democrat can get away with 30% more broken promises? If you're an enterprising political science PhD candidate, think about formulating your thesis around that question. We all know that politicians lie, but how much lying can a pol get away with when they have a friendly press versus when the press is hostile.

FWIW, I prefer a hounded government to one with a lapdog press. If that's important to you, consider which political party is held to the higher standard and vote accordingly.

1 comment:

Left Coast Rebel said...

Great points here. I have to ask how any libertarian could have voted for Obama? BTW Nick Gillepsie's comment on McCain being the Terry Shciavo of politics is brilliant....well said here!