I have long argued that the real function of libertarian involvement in politics, including the Libertarian Party, is not to get libertarians elected. It is to get libertarian policies to the point where the major parties will find it in their interest to adopt them—the strategy followed with striking success by the U.S. Socialist party over the first half of the 20th century.
Which is why I was delighted to see a recent piece
on Reason's blog in which a Democratic politician argued that libertarians ought to vote for Democrats because they were more nearly in favor of libertarian policies than Republicans. Another piece
on the Reason blog, two days earlier, reported Rand Paul arguing that libertarians should vote for Republicans because they are more ... .
A competition I can appreciate.