In an essay at NolanChart.com, economist and libertarian writer Phil Manger suggests former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as a presidential candidate for 2012 with possible appeal to libertarians. In the lengthy piece, Manger says Palin should be considered in part because she “resonates with Middle Americans”, is “libertarian on the issues that matter most”, “people pay attention to what she says”, she “is a true ‘Teflon candidate'” who survives media criticism, and because “Ron Paul is not available”. (On this final point, Manger notes that the Texas congressman will be 77 at the time of the next presidential inauguration, and “lacks Palin’s charisma and political instincts.”)
On the minus side, Manger says Palin is “a little too close to the neocons”, “her views on civil liberties” remain unclear, and “Palin may not want to be president”. Manger concludes, “Weighing all the relevant factors — including the inability of libertarians to agree on an effective political strategy,” Palin “is looking pretty good. She’s certainly got the right idea about the economy. As for the rest, we’ll just have to see.”
Post updated with corrections.