After Sen. Lindsey Graham got into a shouting match with some libertarians at the South Carolina GOP convention this weekend, here’s how Gov. Mark Sanford responded:
There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a libertarian and I wear it as a badge of honor.
I’ve said it before, but the GOP has a choice to make in the coming years. They can become the party of Mark Sanford, or the party of Sarah Palin. Which path they chose will likely determine how long they stay in the minority.