. . . and reports on what he calls the Republican Id.
I never experienced Oxford as Republican as Keller sees it. In fact, it seemed like a little blue oasis in a sea of Butler County red, but maybe that was just me and my neighbors in the Mile Square. And FWIW, I never met any Miami faculty like Rich Hart (what an ironic name for a glibertarian free marketeer!) But maybe it has changed in the 11 years since I lived there.
(True confession: Fratguy and I changed our party registration to Republican on the day of the Republican primary in 2000 so that we could vote for John McCain and therefore–we hoped–stop George W. Bush! Sorry, America–we failed. Also, another true fact: Oxford is the only place I ever voted that used punchcard ballots, as in the ballots with the potential for “hanging chads.”)
This was the most interesting part of the article:
The one area where [Ayn] Ryan’s libertarian mentor is utterly out of sync with the Republican ticket is on social issues like abortion rights and gay marriage. “I want the Democrats out of my damn pocketbook,” he said, “and I want the Republicans out of my bedroom.”
This is also where Miami University’s student body is about as liberal as the rest of its generation, according to the university’s own research. Ryan’s no-exceptions opposition to abortion and embrace of the Defense of Marriage Act are such anathema here that the campus Republican chairman, Baylor Myers, told me his executive committee voted to avoid social issues altogether.
“We won’t discuss it this election,” he said. “Our entire focus is economic.” He added that he wished the national Republican Party would drop abortion from its platform and “reform its position” on gay rights. Because if the economy revives and questions of jobs and growth no longer overshadow issues of personal liberty, [Ayn] Ryan can no longer count on being the big man on this campus.
It’s a nice idea, but I don’t think it will happen unless evangelical protestants decide to stand down on these issues first. There’s nowhere else in our two-party system for right-wing social issues voters to go, and they’re still a key constituency in the modern GOP. My bet is that Ayn Ryan was a lot like his counterparts at Miami are now back when he was in college with respect to the “social issues,” but he saw which way the wind was blowing in the 1990s and 2000s and decided to jump aboard the Crazy Train rather than be left behind at the station. (Or stuck in a small town teaching economics to suburban Ohioans!)