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Monday, November 5, 2012

Weigel: Lib As in Libertarian

Remember when Dave Weigel was hired by the Wash Post as a "conservative columnist" and then let go when it became clear (to them) that he was more liberal than assumed.  Of course, he hadn't really changed: He'd always been more libertarian than liberal or conservative.   But still: the view persists, no doubt, that he is on the left.  In any case, he came out agt Slate today as a voter for, not Obama, but Gary Johnson tomorrow.  Here's his rationale: 
I'm copping out. On about half of the issues that I care about, Barack Obama has been a massive improvement on George W. Bush. Drone warfare or lie-based land wars in the Middle East? U.S. attorneys running junk cases against "voter fraud," or the DOJ trying to expand the vote? Endorsing the Federal Marriage Amendment, or refusing to defend DOMA in court? I agreed with an economic stimulus in 2009, as did the forgetful Republicans, who just disagreed about what should go in it.

But Obama's a mediocre executive who's never figured out how to overcome opposition in Congress. I think Romney could be a great executive. If we fell into some Greece-like receivership, and a coalition of bankers installed a dictator to manage our economy, Romney would be perfect. Give him a Democratic Congress and you'd bring out his best instincts. My problems: If you trust John Bolton and Dan Senor to speak for you, who are you going to fill the government with? If you agree to a Balanced Budget Amendment that would require a California-style supermajority to raise taxes, what other dumb fiscal decisions will you make?
So I'll vote for the Libertarian ticket, which I agree with on everything besides the scale and speed of spending cuts, and the first third-party team that actually seems competent enough to run a country.

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