Did someone lie to Newt Gingrich about Dede Scozzafava or whatever her name is? That seems to be an important question to some. Certainly important enough that Glenn Reynolds to felt obligated to offer some perspective about what might be more important:

To my mind, it’s more important — as noted in the Lamar Alexander interview above — that people not divide into permanently warring camps than that anything in particular happen in this election. The nice thing about NY-23 is that it’s an opportunity to send a message at low cost, but the cost won’t be low if it produces long-running enmity. Instead, it should be a spur for people to get involved in politics at the state and local level now, rather than complaining about the nominees later. Follow Bill Whittle’s advice!

Unfortunately, if you’re a libertarian, the options are limited.
I don’t like Newt Gingrich (so it doesn’t much matter to me whether he was lied to), and I don’t like Dede what’s-her-name, and if I had to choose between her and Doug Hoffman, I would prefer the latter — barely — for reasons I explained here. But I do not live in New York’s 23rd District, and I am getting a little tired of hearing about how this race will define the future of the Republican Party.
I hope it won’t, because if the frenzied emails I’m getting are any indication, it is shaping up as a showdown between social conservatives and RINOs, with libertarians basically just cut out of the equation and left in the lurch with no say in the matter. (Furthermore, as Eric Dondero explains, if Hoffman were a Libertarian instead of a Conservative, it’s highly unlikely that he would not be getting support from conservatives, even if there were no Republicans running.)
So much as I’d love to vote for a libertarian candidate, I have long since learned that they pretty much are not to be found outside the Libertarian Party. Moreover, libertarians are not especially liked by conservatives, even if the latter don’t literally want them shot. So I hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. I have been doing that for years. That’s what being a libertarian Republican is about, and it is not likely to change.
I just wish people would stop expecting me to get excited about what I consider another choice between the lesser of two evils. Sorry if I’m not going to hop up and down with enthusiasm for Doug Hoffman, but why should I? I’m not even in a position to hold my nose and vote for him.
But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I should be going gaga over Doug Hoffman, and sending him lots of money. Then I could hope that he’d become a libertarian and support sexual freedom and vote to legalize drugs and stuff.
And if he didn’t, I could always keep holding my nose.
What an exciting future. It’s like, as things are going, maybe the social conservatives will be able to “take back” what they used to imagine they had before Bush and McCain betrayed their principles and the country elected Obama. As Ann Althouse put it,

Bring the conservatives back and not only will they start appalling us again, but we’ll soon be dreaming dreamy dreams of liberal saviors.

Yeah, except I never liked saviors, liberal or conservative.
Sorry I’m not more enthusiastic, but I’m just not seeing much of a place for libertarians in the GOP. If the choice is between RINOs and social conservatives, (and the battle lines seem to be getting drawn that way), what’s to do other than take sides and hope some more?
AFTERTHOUGHT: By writing this post, in no way did I mean to negate the possibility of something I have long believed in, which is an alliance between libertarians and social conservatives. (I’ve even proposed a Judeo-Christian-Atheist Alliance!)
However, the idea that libertarians should just shut up and butt out while RINOs and social conservatives battle over the future of the Republican Party is unacceptable. Anyway, since I have been holding my nose and voting Republican for many, many years, and since there’s this huge power struggle going on right now, it has occurred to me that now might be a good time for libertarians to ask a basic question.
If libertarians don’t have any say in the future of the Republican Party now, then when will we?
Ever?
MORE: From Doug Mataconis, “A Libertarian Republican Case Against Doug Hoffman.”
AND MORE: While recognizing his problems, Gay Patriot endorses Hoffman:

We recognize that Hoffman is not an ideal candidate, but we don’t live in the ideal world. In this election, citizens of upstate New York have three real choices. Considering the broad range issues of concern to us, he is by the best of the three. We encourage all GayPatriot readers living in NY-23 to pull the Conservative Party lever in next Tuesday’s balloting.

That’s about right.
(Vid Glenn Reynolds.)