UPDATED: Dear Erick Erickson: Libertarian’s WON’T and SHOULDN’T Hold Their Noses
Of all the commentary on the SCOTUS decision today, this one stood out to me. It’s from a post written by Erick Erickson over at RedState, titled “I’m Not Down on John Roberts.” (Really, at this point, who could be?) There’s one paragraph that got my attention. The italics are his; the bold is mine:
Fifth, the decision totally removes a growing left-wing talking point that suddenly they must vote for Obama because of judges. The Supreme Court as a November issue for the left is gone. For the right? That sound you hear is the marching of libertarians into Camp Romney, with noses held, knowing that the libertarian and conservative coalitions must unite to defeat Obama and Obamacare.
With all due respect, Mr. Erickson, that is balderdash.
As I have written, the entire reason that this decision was made, the entire reason that this abomination has passed, was because a conservative justice, appointed by a Republican president, made it so. In effect, Roberts pulled some random garbage out of left field with a Death Star’s tractor beam in order to make this work.
And so somehow, because a conservative had upheld this unrepetant bag of you-know-what, libertarians are going to jump to their side by electing the guy who created Obamacare’s prototype?
Excuse me, but just what in the name of the Father, Son, and the Unholy Ghost is Erick smoking?
We need to run conservatism out of the country. It is now officially a caricature. It has no positions. It has no justification. It wants to defeat a law by electing a man…who basically wrote that law.
I can’t say it’s a joke, because it’s not funny. In this case, the punchline is a literally punch—straight to the gut.
Conservatives like Erickson need to get their heads screwed back on and stop smoking whatever it is they are. Libertarians are not going to hold their noses for this, and they shouldn’t. They should run as far away from this as possible, and do everything they can to avoid it. Any conservative who also calls himself principled should do the same thing, and refuse to vote for Mitt Romney or any big government Republican.
If you’re going to vote for someone, at least vote for someone who is serious about this. So far, the only one I can see is Gary Johnson. He didn’t create Obamacare in New Mexico. And he sure as heck wouldn’t continue it. Mitt Romney? I don’t know.
And that’s why nobody should be holding their noses this election.
EDIT: Apparently, I have been so persuasive, that Erick has actually deleted that part of his post. I’m not taking this down, because the point still stands, not just for Mr. Erickson but for conservatives everywhere. Has Erick seen the light, or is this just to deflect criticism? I dunno. But it is interesting to see.