To put a finer point on it, I don't like the idea of pointing at a major party politician and saying that he or she is a "libertarian." There are better and worse politicians. There are politicians with libertarian inclinations which should be encouraged; most of those politicians also have non-libertarian inclinations which should be discouraged. The bar should be set pretty high for telling a politician "you're right where we'd like you to be," or, more importantly, for implicitly telling voters that that politician represents "libertarian" views.
By way of example, I pointed out that the Republican Liberty Caucus designates none other than Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) not only as a "libertarian," but as number seven on their "Top Ten" list. for 2004. A counter-intuitive assessment, to put it mildly.
Well, speak of the Devil and in he walks. Here's Santorum on NPR yesterday morning (hat tip to BuzzMachine by way of Hit & Run, via Jim Lesczynski):
I rest my case.
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