Liz Mair raises a number of good points in her column today about the Mountain West. The Democrats are making headway in this traditionally Republican region. The individualistic culture of the area may make it less than fertile ground for big government conservatism. But the Interior West’s libertarianism can be overstated. Daniel McCarthy is on to something when he calls it just the Semi-Libertarian West.
To take one example: Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is often cited as an example of the new, less government-happy Democrats who can appeal to Moutain Westerners. Mair notes that the Democratic presidential candidate Schweitzer prefers is Bill Richardson, who received a higher grade from the Cato Institute than 20 Republicans. Yet Schweitzer himself received an F while Richardson only got a C. In Richardson’s case not bad for a Democrat (or in this era, a big government Republican either) but nothing to write Ayn Rand about.
I’ve written about the exaggeration of the Libertarian West at greater length here. It’s a key swing region of the country, but Goldwater Republicanism isn’t in much better stead there than in newly Democratic New Hampshire.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?