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  •  why wouldn't this be a reflection of (1+ / 0-)
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    the Teabaggers being mavericky?

    For whatever it's worth, the Cato Inst. has claimed that the Tea Party has a libertarian core.  Despite the fact that Cato is saying it, this rings true with what I've seen.  

    It might be applicable for some of this election phenomena, though I can't find any direct links online.  Any reason why heightened Tea Party identity wouldn't translate into more Libertarian votes?

    Please proceed, Governor.

    by vivadissent on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:24:18 PM PST

    •  If they were truly libertarian (0+ / 0-)

      They wouldn't want the "government off their Social Security"; they would want Social Security to be abolished immediately.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:37:12 PM PST

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    •  Yeah, I'm wondering if the Repub wasn't RightWing (1+ / 0-)
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      ...enough for those Libertarian voters.  So that rather than a vote for moderation, those were votes for more Teabaggery.  I won't be doing the research, but if anyone's bored it could make a good diary.

      I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

      by Russycle on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 04:09:22 PM PST

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      •  The Libertarian Party covers a very wide poltical (0+ / 0-)

        spectrum.  On one end, you have the Ayn Rand types.  On the other end, you have people who used to be liberal Republicans (many of whom are more socially liberal than most Democrats).  What all "Big-L" Libertarians have in common is that they believe in smaller federal government (including a much smaller military), limited government intrusion, and fiscal conservancy.

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