In a generally thoughtful and constructive essay on NRO today, Randy Barnett offers some advice to conservatives on how to keep libertarians inside the Republican tent. I agree with many of his prescriptions (particularly on federalism), but I couldn’t help but notice the second to last item on his 7 point plan. He writes that conservatives should:
Stop making snide gratuitous remarks about libertarians. Nothing turns off libertarians more than the sort of wholly gratuitous snide remarks about libertarians in conservative publications. By gratuitous I mean they show up even in articles about policies with which libertarians and conservatives agree. The more libertarians feel unwelcome in the coalition that is the Republican party, the more they will vote Libertarian.