Conservative monthly The American Spectator has a glowing article on soulmate Todd Young in Indiana's 9th District Congressional race, painting U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (D) as a conservative in name only.
"I'm a libertarian-conservative," admits Young. "I believe the state should focus on defending lives, rights, and property instead of depriving its citizens of their God-given liberties."
Unsurprisingly, his thinking is heavily inspired by Friedrich von Hayek and Milton Freidman. "They understood that government is ill-equipped to plan complex societies. And just as importantly, they realized that markets can be incredible forces to better the condition of mankind."
Given these beliefs and America's brewing battle between statism and free enterprise, Young is a timely candidate; his opponent, Hill, a perfect proxy for the policies now emanating out of Washington.
The hallmark of Hill's career (with the exception of a forced two-year foray into lobbying after the 2004 election, he has been in Congress since 1999) has been a carefully affected patina of moderation. But like most Blue Dogs, his bite is largely toothless. In fact, he has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for Obama's adventures in government growth, regardless of the consequences to his state and district.