Tierney says libertarian discontent over Republican policies on things like gambling and pot spells trouble for the GOP. "Why did Republicans assume there was a Moral Majority? Where in the Bible does it say that the virtuous outnumber the wicked? When you define wickedness the way Republicans do, the numbers are daunting."
Westerners especially dislike having morality dicated by DC, he says. I would add the Schiavo case as evidence that this sentiment is nationwide.
Electoral implications: "Libertarian voters tend to get ignored by political strategists because they’re not easy to categorize or organize...Many don’t even call themselves libertarians...They distrust moral busybodies of both parties, and they may well be the most important bloc of swing voters this election, as David Boaz and David Kirby conclude in a new study for the Cato Institute. Analyzing a variety of voter surveys, they estimate that libertarians make up about 15 percent of voters — a bloc roughly comparable in size to liberals and to conservative Christians, and far bigger than blocs like Nascar dads or soccer moms."