David Friedman, the son of late conservative icon and Nobel economist Milton Friedman, has also endorsed Obama. Calling McCain a “nationalist,” Friedman, an economist at Santa Clara University, thinks Obama could turn out like the liberals who deregulated New Zealand’s economy
“Of the two, Obama is less bad and at least has a chance in some ways of being good,” said Friedman. Friedman likes Obama’s University of Chicago advisers such as Austan Goolsbee and Cass Sunstein, who he believes are trying to forge a new leftism that incorporates free-market views. “I don’t expect to agree in general with them,” Friedman said, “but I certainly would be happy if the left became more libertarian, since the right seems to be less libertarian than it used to be.”
That is something I didn’t know. Sen. Obama’s economic advisers are from the “Chicago School“. Real Free-Market types. Granted not as hardcore as my favorite guys, from the Austrian School. But none the less, free market people.
But for David Friedman of all people to come out and endorse Sen. Obama, is making myself rethink about this whole thing. He makes a great point about how the “Right” has shut us Libertarian folks out of the party, but the “Left” wants nothing to do with us either. And that right there, should make me not want to vote for Sen. Obama. As well as, wanting to break the One Party system we have in this country, with my vote going to Bob Barr.
Then again, as my chest beating brethren in the Republican Party are telling me, “A vote for Bob Barr is a vote for Sen. Obama”. Or as the “Almighty” Newt Gingrich said, “No reasonable conservative is going to vote for anyone except McCain,”. Call me un-reasonable then.
Update: My good friend GTL, from the Gun Toting Liberal has a post on a Zogby poll showing, that’s right, a lot of us Real Conservatives supporting Bob Barr, and yes Sen. Obama. It just goes to show how El Presidente Bush has destoried the Republican Party brand of Limited Government, Reduced Spending, and personal Freedom.
Update II In a complete surprise to this blog, Mr. David Friedman has left a comment to this post, clearing up what I thought (my mistake sir) was an “edorsment”
Mr. Friedman states“
Endorse” is a bit strong. What I’ve actually said was that I thought Obama is the least bad of the serious candidates–that I preferred him to Hilary and McCain–and that I thought there was at least a chance that he would turn out better than “least bad.” But I haven’t said that I plan to vote for him, and I probably won’t.
Thank you Mr. Friedman for clearing that up. And you have no idea how humbled I am for you to even have come by my little place here.
Folks, David Friedman just commented on my blog!!!!!