I’ve often described myself as a Republican with a substantial amount of Libertarian, and that’s one of several reasons I like to read content at the Cato Institute. There’s an interesting video on the site with commentary by David Boaz, executive vice-president of Cato.
Boaz gave his opinions of the GOP possible presidential candidates, confirming something I’ve said in recent conversations.
There is a distinct Libertarian influence on the Republican Party at present and frankly, I think there’s a positive effect on overall fiscal issues and the principle of small government.
Boaz summed up candidates like Gov. Mitt Romney (“looks like a plastic model of a president”) and social conservatives popular with the GOP base (“can’t win a general election.”)