But it does somehow remind me that I was excited recently to see that possible 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitch Daniels’ list of five favorite books was a perfect libertarian box set: society-analyzing works by Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Charles Murray (not The Bell Curve), Mancur Olson, and Virginia Postrel. This alone (quietly, cautiously) raises the possibility that he would be the best president the U.S. has ever had, something worth thinking about. Or that he has a libertarian staff member answering questionnaires, but that’s better than nothing.
And he was busted for pot circa 1970 while at Princeton (where at least three libertarians for whom I’ve done work got their start), which in itself seems like a good sign that he would not just turn into an authoritarian social conservative once elected. If he and anti-drug-war Gary Johnson were a ticket, what on Earth would the hipness-seeking Democrats do? Lose, I suspect.