Balance of Power

This month in Cato Unbound, the Cato Institute hosts discussion of the question, “Should Libertarians vote Democrat?” I expect this is to coincide with their piece on the libertarian voter, whom they feel is somewhat influential.

The libertarian vote is in play. At some 13 percent of the electorate, it is sizable enough to swing elections. Pollsters, political strategists, candidates, and the media should take note of it.

I’ve been suggesting that for at least six years now, and since I’m one of the most influential people on the Internet, you can see what kind of effect I have had. Perhaps the similar suggestions from Mr. Moulitsas will carry more weight. The suggestion is not that classical liberals should vote for Democrats, but that the Democratic Party needs to remember classical liberals.

The question for me, however, is not whether I should vote for the Democratic candidate, but whether I am well-represented in Congress. Luckily, the votes of Sue Kelly (R-NY) are a matter of public record. Now, if I were actually to read the bills before casting judgment on her vote, I would be more responsible than most members of Congress.

Rep. Kelly’s competition for the seat is John Hall. On the issues we don’t see eye-to-eye. However, I’m feeling anti-incumbent this year even more than usual. This game is about the balance of power, not between Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum, but between the government and me.