Politics

Ryan Sager Interview

|

Over at New West, Christian Prabasco interviews former Reason intern, current contributor, and Elephant in the Room author Ryan Sager about the relationship between libertarians and the GOP. Snippet:

Probasco: Do you think the losses the Republicans experienced in the last election were primarily due to libertarians splitting from the party?

Sager: No, I don't think the libertarians did it all by themselves, but I think a lot of the things Bush has done, as far as big government conservatism, are responsible. And certainly the corruption issue was huge and so also was the South's captivity of the Republican Party. You really saw essentially no losses in the South outside of—well, the big one was Senator George Allen, who was somewhat of an anomaly with his idiocy in the macaca incident, and even then it was a razor-thin loss. You saw huge losses in the Northeast, some losses in the Midwest, and some very important losses in the West. So as far as the Republicans becoming the party of the South, that absolutely happened in this election. The less you went to church, the more likely you were to switch from Republican to Democrat in this election. We saw about a 14-point loss among Latino voters because of the Tom Tancredos of the world and the whole anti-immigrant sentiment. You certainly can't blame Bush for that. He has always understood the importance of trying to bring Hispanics into the GOP coalition. But the ultraconservatives did quite a bit to push Latinos away this time.

More here.

NEXT: We Think 'Ride the Gwazi Lion' Is Code for Terrorist Training

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. The Patriot Act is hugely popular with the center and the left?

    Shit

  2. The less you went to church, the more likely you were to switch from Republican to Democrat in this election.

    Amen to that

  3. Northern Virginia isn’t really the south and went for Webb.
    Maybe we can expect that to sink before 2008. The sooner the better.

  4. We saw Trent Lott put back into a leadership position in the Senate.

    I was surprised when Lott got the leadership position. After the 2006 elections, I was expecting the Republicans to move close to the libertarian/Goldwater Conservative wing of the party. I hear McCain talk more about libertarian ideas but I am very skeptical, he is obviously trying to get the libertarian votes.

    It seems that religious and libertarian wings of the Republican party are fighting for control. I’m not quite sure who will win, I’ll just have wait and see for 2008 Republican Primaries.

  5. I hear McCain talk more about libertarian ideas but I am very skeptical

    You should be. He gets my vote for biggest authoritarian a-hole in the Senate.

  6. RC,

    Still ragging on him for campaign finance reform? Take it up with your hero at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave who signed the bill.

  7. So why is it, now, that people say the Libertarian party are a bunch of “crazies” and we should vote for the Democrats or Republicans again?

  8. Another: “We saw Trent Lott put back into a leadership position in the Senate.”

    zeiner the lurker: “I was surprised when Lott got the leadership position. After the 2006 elections, I was expecting the Republicans to move close to the libertarian/Goldwater Conservative wing of the party. I hear McCain talk more about libertarian ideas but I am very skeptical, he is obviously trying to get the libertarian votes.

    It seems that religious and libertarian wings of the Republican party are fighting for control. I’m not quite sure who will win, I’ll just have wait and see for 2008 Republican Primaries.”

    The analysis that I’ve seen is that 2006 strengthened the hand of the religious right in the GOP, by trashing those less closely affiliated with that faction. This should put the leadership of the party more into the hands of, to put it simply, right-wing fundamentalist confederate sympathizers.

    As for ‘libertarian wing’ of the GOP, there doesn’t seem to be one. Business wing, yes, but that doesn’t mean libertarian.

  9. Sager has McCain & Giuliani pegged ridiculously wrong.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.