A New Hope?

You’ll be hearing from Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina, more in the future. He has experience in Congress, is reasonably photogenic, and comes from a state that occurs early in the Presidential primary schedule.

He’s making a bid to keep the coalition together — although from the social conservative wing of the party, he is apparently making a pitch to the economic types by breaking with the President and the Candidate and criticizing the bailout, and then by repeating the maneuver and opposing a second stimulus package.

These are things that appeal to me despite his basic social conservativism. On a number of otherwise unanimous sorts of bills, he and Ron Paul would be the only “no” votes. This suggests something of a libertarian streak. So too do some of his actions as Governor, including an austerity program to keep the state’s budget balanced and a minimal approach to the state’s functions.

Good for him. Keep your eye on this guy, folks. He could be the one to re-unite the social conservatives and the economic libertarians.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.

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  1. Quote from Governing Magazine this fall…”I’m an unabashed conservative,” Sanford says, “and sometimes accused of being a libertarian, to which I say, ‘I’m guilty, I love liberty.'”I saw Sanford speak at the Reason annual meeting (the big libertarian think tank) and he’s the real deal. We need him in the White House.Mark Sanford in 2012!!

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