Originally Posted by Taco John
I'd be one of the ones who gave the tea party low favorability. It was co-opted by disparate interests and turned into something completely different than what it started out as. That happens on both sides.
The truth of the future is that libertarianism is the new centrism - fiscally conservative, socially liberal. The Republicans have the best shot at winning this new race to the center because Democrats are incapable of being fiscally conservative. The question is whether or not they are ready to jettison their socially conservative baggage in favor of the way forward. We'll know this question when its Republicans who are calling for States rights in such cases as marijuana legislation.
There really isn't a whole lot I disagree with here. Republicans aren't as fiscally conservative as they say, but the more libertarian ones sure can be. I'd like for them to be consistent. You can't call yourself fiscally conservative, and spend billions of dollars on wars, and nation building.
Libertarians with social values would demolish Democrats, if they could get the red states to vote for them.