In libertarian circles there’s been more than a little talk about where to go after abandoning the Republican Party. Some will vote for the Libertarian Party of course, though many won’t. Some won’t vote at all, disgusted with all of the ballot options. Some will vote for Democrats not because they agree with their stated positions, but because they aren’t Republicans, and by voting for the Dems they can punish the GOP for pulling the libertarian poles out of the party’s big tent.
And then there are those considering the Democrats as an effective alternative party to the Republicans, one that might share enough common values to make it worth overlooking their overtly collective and big government tendancies (just as the Republican Party’s now-dead limited government doctrine made it easier to leave with it religious wing).