Gen Y - Liberal or Libertarian?


I'm inclined to think most of my peers, even if they are functionally libertarian, are more likely to define that libertarianism through the lens of modern Obama-infused liberalism than through a separate non-partisan libertarianism or through anything the Republican Party is offering (except for the Ron Paul wing, perhaps, which is still being treated as a gaggle of pariahs - primarily because the party grew so drastically far away from that version of itself).

As McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt recognized in a recent speech, the rigid gay marriage stance of the GOP is wildly out of touch for purposes of attracting and retaining any workable GOP majority under 30 moving forward.  Even if the GOP is more libertarian on most issues, the gay marriage issue stands as a threshold issue that raises a bar to any additional consideration by many young adults.