The Anti-Libertarian

Feb 16 2012 @ 7:18pm

In 1975, Reagan said that "the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism." Santorum, on the other hand, openly disdains it. Philip Klein worries about him becoming the GOP's standard-bearer:

If Santorum had a modicum of respect for libertarian philosophy, he would have been reluctant to embrace big government Republicanism during the Bush era. Instead, he cast votes that will make it harder for him to consolidate conservative support in the weeks and months ahead as his record undergoes more scrutiny. A libertarian streak would also make him a bit more skeptical about government's ability to shape a more moral society. And by promising to lecture Americans on sex as a president as the GOP nominee, he'd ensure a Democratic rout in November.

Last week, John Samples made the libertarian case for Santorum's nomination. Previous discussion here