Even Fox News has to concede that the only reason Democrats will make such huge gains is because libertarians have defected en-mass from the GOP:
Libertarians — people who cringe at intrusive government, high taxes, nation-building and politicians telling them how to behave — could turn out to be the key swing voters in Tuesday’s contentious midterm election.
And, in an unusual development, that might not bode well for Republicans this time around.
A number of political scientists and libertarian pundits say that libertarian voters who sided with the Republicans in the past have become disgusted with bloated federal spending, the war in Iraq and prevailing social conservatism in the GOP-dominated White House and Congress. Many feel libertarian voters will either vote for Democrats on Tuesday or just stay home, and that could play a role in deciding key battleground races.
But that doesn’t mean the Libertarian Party is content to cast pearls to those swine, as even LP chair William Redpath is hoping for libertarians to start coming home to their own party:
They certainly are not going to find libertarianism in the Democratic Party. Beyond Ron Paul and possibly a few others, they’re not going to find it in the Republican Party. If they want there to be a viable libertarian alternative in the political process of the United States, they should support the Libertarian Party and vote for its candidates.
I’m really digging that he has his eye on the biggest hurdle blocking us from winning elections:
A big issue for the Libertarian Party is electoral reform, which would make us more viable. The spoiler issue could easily be taken care of through instant runoff voting, and that has real political legs.
IRV isn’t the silver bullet for Libertarians (and I concede that it’s an imperfect system, albeit far better than the current one), but it’s a great wedge issue that has those “political legs” we’ve so desperately needed. Political success for the LP is all about small steps in the right direction.