Not if you’re a libertarian, apparently. Reuters reports that most Americans who consider themselves libertarians (note: with a small l) do not identify with the TEA party, differing the most on social issues.
Now that’s interesting, because if I remember correctly, TEA is supposed to stand for Taxed Enough Already! It really seems that the TEA party has gone off-track from its original identity of opposing large government, and now seems to be a strictly Republican entity, focused not so much on reducing the size and scope of government. Now, personally, I’m strongly in favor of reducing the number of abortions in this country, as well as protecting gun rights and religious rights, but none of that has to do with taxes.
So who do libertarians identify with? Practically speaking, probably nobody, but according to this survey there’s a significant favoring of Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Additionally, 96% are opposed to Obamacare. Should be a shoe-in for the GOP, right? Well, actually no. Brink Lindsey of the Cato Institute commented, “Libertarians are not part of the Democratic Party’s base… but they’re not a reliable part of the Republican Party’s vote. Republicans can scare away libertarian voters.” And that, my friends, sounds just like the kind of rope the GOP may eventually hang itself with.SHARE