. . . comes from Tom Smith of The Right Coast:
I find the hostility towards the Tea Parties from libertarians hard to understand. These people appear to generally favor small government. Yes, they have differences on some issues, but they are much closer to libertarians than anyone else.
The only explanation that I can see for the hostility is based on a cultural view of libertarians — most of the libertarians think of themselves as part of a cultural elite and therefore reject the Sarah Palins of the world. (I don’t mean to speak of Sarah Palin in particular, but of the Tea Partiers from her socio-economic group.) Sad, very sad. One would think that liberty would be more important to libertarians than self-image, but perhaps not. Let’s hope I am wrong and the libertarians are warming to the Tea Partiers.