Over at Hit and Run, Tim Cavanaugh notes that Newsweek columnist George Will recently put in a with:
So Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a 48-year-old Texan, tried riding to the rescue. Hensarling is a Republican, which means next to nothing nowadays, but also a libertarian, which means he believes, as Republicans once did, in limited government.
which prompted this commentary from Cavanaugh:
I gag at putting in a good word for any baseball elegist or bowtie-wearer, but Will consistently provides a strong critique of campaign finance reform in media that regular people actually pay attention to; he’s probably the most prominent figure making this argument in the mainstream media. So godspeed to him.
It wasn’t just Will’s latest column which used the “L” word in a positive light. On November 27, Will had the following to say about Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels:
In the division between social conservatives, who emphasize nurturing virtue, and libertarian conservatives, who emphasize expanding liberty by limiting government, Daniels is with the latter.
No. Mitch is not now, nor has he ever been a Libertarian. And with such government-expanding actions as:
- advocating taxpayer money to build a new stadium for the multi-million-dollar business, the Colts;
- seeking to spend millions of dollars on an unnecessary Interstate-69 route when the state can’t afford to maintain and upgrade current roads;
- dumping the state’s tax burden onto local entities to fulfill the whims of the governor and the legislature;
Mitch Daniels will never become a Libertarian.