As Big Government flounders and spins in incompetency and corruption, libertarian thought has received a temporary boost. As I've written previously, both Left and Right have taken issue with the current popularity of some libertarian ideas, while others appear to be opening up to libertarianism. The centrists are also getting in on the controversy, but as no-labels mediators when extremes appear. Let's drop Left and Right labels, and let's all get along, they say, but only if we agree on some absolutes, like the State must maintain control over safety nets and education and some troubling parts of the economy and other stuff.
Those conservatives and liberals who are attacking libertarian ideas are likely more honest than those giving lip service to libertarian ideas because they can't currently justify the sad condition of the State. The libertarian-friendly statists are not serious, though, because they're still holding onto the few justifications they have left for "partial" statism, and as soon as a better government pops up that hits a streak of wins and appears efficient and competent, they'll all be back in the fold rallying for State action and their pet causes.
Statism must be eliminated entirely, and that means leaving assistance for the unfortunate, education, the economy, and everything except the protection of rights, to the private sector -- and even the protection of rights can be accomplished without what we now have in Washington Dc. No, the liberal-tarians are not ready for that type of innovation and freedom -- they're just having a hard time justifying some of the government's actions -- it's a short-term fling with libertarianism, nothing serious.