October 30, 2008

SHOULD INSTAPUNDIT BECOME A POLITICAL MACHINE? Reader Alex Paul writes:

I’m a loyal reader of your blog and glad to see you doing so well in terms visits and page views as you posted with law professor blog link today.

One thing I would ask you to consider, or at least explain, is why you don’t provide more direction for fellow libertarians on what candidates to support financially. See this post.

My guess is that you could be a real force in promoting libertarian candidates–those that share your ideals–whether they be in the Republican party or elsewhere. After the Obama win on Tuesday, there will be an opportunity to dramatically shape the conversation about what the opposition role should be. For the good of the country, I am guessing that you want to direct that towards a principled libertarian opposition. With your presence in the blogsphere, you have the ability to shape that by asking support for those candidates, at whatever level of government, who fellow libertarians highlight to you, from your regular readers.

Well, I’ve never endorsed candidates, really, and certainly never tried to run any sort of organized fundraising program. There’s a niche for that — a sort of counter-Kos — but I’m not sure I’m the guy to be picking winners and directing donations. As Clint Eastwood says, “A man’s gotta know his limitations.” What do you folks think?