Very exciting past week for those of us who lean a bit Lib Dem. As absolutely everyone knows, Nick Clegg is now more popular than Jesus, the Beatles and Barack Obama combined (and what a show that would be!) and is going to take over the nation with his warm fuzzy feel-goodiness. Or something like that. At least this is the story the press are going with. So I was quite pleased to find this
on Political Betting, which suggests that the Lib Dem bounce started a bit before the leaders debates, the implication that there might be something more solid going on than just Clegg's boyish charm. Incidentally, if you're puerile enough to be interested in horse race politics (and I really am) Political Betting
is, for reasons that should be obvious from the title, about as pure and objective a take on that angle as you could ever hope to find.
More substantially, Emmanuel at IPEzone (yes, that bugger's till running) lays out some proper reasons
for why he'd back the Lib Dems if he was the sort of stout British yeoman who was allowed to do such things. Jamie Kenny provides some reasoning for the more jaded amongst you
. And for those who just can't get enough of Clegg, he provides some amusing (if rather oblique) speculations
about life in the liberal corner of the European Parliament.
 Information Landmine, insofar as its possible to speak of such an entity, does not toe any particular political party line. Me, I'm a confused liberal, and so a natural member of the Lib Dem ranks.
 Although I think it's safe to say that we all want to see George Osborne beaten with sticks.
 Much of this confusion is temporal. Am I a 19th century liberal? A New Dealer? A modern bleeding heart type? Obviously I'd like to think of myself as a "classic" but, Deadwood fantasies aside, I'd really rather not go bck to the 19th century.
 On the subject, why do libertarians get so hung up about Deadwood as a libertarian ideal
? There was no government, you goddamn morons. That's not libertarianism, that's anarchism. Libertarianism was what was happening outside in the rest of the United States, with George Hirst and all that bad shit. And his speeches about the wonders of capitalism to a man he goes on to have killed are meant to show that, you know, he's kind of a hypocrite. One of these days I'm going to sit down and write a big blog post about that.
 I'm sure none of you can wait.