Todd Seavey asks the question here.
“I don’t know if a “liberaltarian” alliance will work, but it does seem more productive, intelligent, and civil than the site RedState’s reaction to Democratic dominance: the creation of Operation: Leper, their plan to spend the next few years reminding the conservative base which specific operatives from the McCain campaign badmouthed Sarah Palin to the media — and even working against any candidates who hire said operatives. Yeah, that sounds…healthy…much like Salieri’s reaction to Mozart in Amadeus.”
Read his full article in Reason magazine here. The rift with right conservatism reinforced by election results as they have continued to come in seems to impact the notion of liberaltarianism. It also clearly reveals that the connections are palpable and substantive rather than simply a reactionary position. Hopefully the dialogue here can foster a constructionist position uniquely situated to support a large swathe of the voter populace that are socially liberal and fiscally conservative.
See Michelle Malkin’s blog for more on Operation: Leper. If this is the direction that the GOP and its base chooses to go, I would argue that it is counter-productive, destructive, and will continue to lose appeal to both right and left libertarians who would rather focus on actually reforming government rather than giving reform empty lip-service while chasing failed presidential campaign runs. There are other destructive paths the GOP can take if the base continues to be defined by the Religious Right agenda as I argue elsewhere here.