I’m not sure what exactly to make of this, but there’s obviously some disgruntled rumblings over the amount of scandal and corruption that’s been plaguing Republicans in recent months. An open letter from some top-level republicans and libertarians may be enough for a solid move towards reform:
We are bloggers with boatloads of opinions, and none of us come close to agreeing with any other one of us all of the time. But we do agree on this: The new leadership in the House of Representatives needs to be thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals, and beyond that, of undue influence of K Street.
[…] As for the Republican leadership elections, we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.
The list of signees is a wide mix of small-L libertarians and right-of-center conservatives (with a spattering of apologist right-wingers who will always suck the Republican teat no matter how large they bloat government control or mimic Democrats in spending). But who knows how this could turn out?
As QandO notes: John Shadegg is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Maybe the tide is turning and some right-of-center bloggers will start throwing their weight behind third parties and real Libertarians out of pure spite if their demands aren’t met.