Maybe you see a pattern there and maybe you don’t. But of the roughly four different pathways the Republicans could take in the post-Obama universe — toward Ron Paulesque libertarianism, toward Sarah Palinesque cultural populism, toward Mike Huckabeesque big-government conservatism, or toward Olympia Snowesque moderation/ good-governmentism — the libertarian side would seem to have had the best go of things in the First 100 Days.
My initial response is that Republicans tend to be better supporters of small government when they aren’t clutching the keys to power. They are also a lot friendlier to libertarians when they don’t have long lines of lobbyists paying for their lunches. But let them resume power again and watch what happens…
This said, I find Nate Silver’s observation to be a good description of what’s happening in the GOP right now.