Now, I probably agree with Mike Moynihan that Obama’s newfound support for the Patriot Act is an indictment of some kind of liberaltarianism, but I really liked Tim Cavanaugh’s response in the comments section:
Because you can’t have enough friends, I caution against using the behavior of this or any administration as a test of the strength of liberal or conservative fusion with libertarianism. The continuities in American governance are nearly total. The distinctions between how the parties govern are vanishingly small. A president’s behavior when in power tells you more about power than it does about his or her ideological upbringing.
I’m not sure I agree with it 100%, but I think he’s on to something.