Chances are good in 2012 that a majority of libertarians lean center-right and should favor Republicans.
Libertarians are a bit unpredictable. Leaning doesn’t mean pulling the lever.
From The Skeptical Libertarian, here is one view:
“A lot of people say that the Libertarian Party just works as a spoiler, because it can’t win. Well GOOD. That’s a valuable function: it penalizes the Republican Party for being anti-immigration, anti-gay, pro-war, and lousy on personal liberty. It shows that there’s a significant group of people who are fiscally responsible and are being alienated by the Republicans’ backward social priorities. That’s the kind of pressure we need to put on the GOP, since reforming it from within is evidently a failed project.”
“If it does nothing else but spoil the election for Romney, to me it will have served its purpose entirely.”
I am not a cynic. I am a conservative optimist.
…. not cynical, just somewhat dependably skeptical. I want to know the details. Yes, that’s me … in an optimistic way.
by Bill Golden
Dr. Richard Muller has often been the poster child for global-warming skepticism. Just about every major challenge to global-warming theory invokes Muller’s name.
Muller is a real scientist. He had doubts. He asked smart questions. He didn’t like the answers, but neither did he spend time with the data.
Being a scientist, Muller decided to investigate global-warming data, and to conduct a comprehensive review. His effort is called the ‘Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project’ at http://www.BerkeleyEarth.org
Conclusion: The data presented previously by scientific organizations supporting global-warming theory was overwhelming correct and based upon sound scientific method.
As for those that say that parts of the earth are cooling, yes that is a situation in some areas. But that is an important part of the study as to how global warming is changing our environment. And how it will change our environment, not for the better.
Muller recently outlined his case in the Wall Street Journal and published his data for public and scientific scrutiny online at www.BerkeleyEarth.org.
From the Wall Street Journal piece, Muller writes: “When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn’t know what we’d find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that. They managed to avoid bias in their data selection, homogenization and other corrections.”
“Global warming is real. Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate. How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that.”