Zeese on Barr, McKinney and Gravel

Kevin Zeese is covering the three most prominent former elected officials who have recently jumped from either the Republican or Democratic Party who currently have (in Barr’s case, an exploratory committee) presidential aspirations.

McKinney:

The first to take the leap was former Representative Cynthia McKinney. McKinney served 12 years in the U.S. House of Representatives where she urged an end to the Iraq occupation, advocated for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, sought release of 9/11 Commission´s underlying data, advocated on behalf of Katrina victims and sought to cut the bloated military budget. Twice she was defeated in the primary by a Democratic Party leadership approved candidate who worked with Republican cross-over voters for her defeat. She registered Green in September and became a candidate in a “Power to the People” campaign in October. She is the putative nominee of the Green Party and will be on the ballot in almost all states.

Gravel:

Second to make the transition was former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel. Gravel ran in the Democratic Primary for president where he was very critical of the leading candidates for their militaristic foreign policies and their weak Iraq withdrawal plans. Gravel says he ran until the defense contractor, General Electric, which owns NBC allied with the Democratic Party leadership to keep him out of the debates. He has been an aggressive anti-war advocate since the Vietnam era where he gained recognition for ending the Vietnam draft with a filibuster and also read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record when the courts threatened the N.Y. Times with prosecution if they published the documents. Gravel became a Libertarian in March and immediately filed to run for president.

Barr:

The most recent candidate is Bob Barr. Barr, also a former congressman from Georgia, served in the House for eight years. He abandoned the Republican Party in 2004 and supported the Libertarian candidate for president. Last week he announced he was putting in place an exploratory committee as a step to running for the Libertarian nomination. Barr gained national recognition during the impeachment of President Clinton. Since leaving office he has been very critical of increased wiretapping, the Patriot Act, the drug war and the war in Iraq. He favors a non-interventionist foreign policy and has described the destruction and occupation of Iraq as “the height of arrogance.” He urges a new political realignment of right and left to end the war in Iraq and protect the Bill of Rights. Barr is the natural heir to the Ron Paul libertarian movement within the Republican Party.

8 Responses to “Zeese on Barr, McKinney and Gravel”

  1. Peter Orvetti Says:

    I have yet to be convinced about Barr. Those making the “road to Damascus” parallel are more right than they know—Saul of Tarsus became Paul; Bob Barr is also trying to become Paul.

  2. Quietus Says:

    Interesting piece. I think they should have included Keyes for the Constitution Party, though- it brings about a nice symmetry of two apostates for both parties each.

  3. Syd Breaker Says:

    http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Feature-Article.htm?InfoNo=032158

  4. No Longer a Reform Party Member Says:

    Bob Barr, a ‘Libertarian’ high profile name and not tied to the suicidal “Open Borders in A Post 911 Electorial environment!” A guy I [and a lot of Radical Centrists?] might be interested in. ——-Donald R. Lake

  5. Denver Delegate Says:

    As a U.S. Senator, Mike Gravel “read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record when the courts threatened the N.Y. Times with prosecution if they published the documents”.

    Wow … even if he isn’t the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee, I think that was a way cool libertarian thing to do!

  6. Clark Says:

    I like Gravel on ‘wars’..

    If memory serves Bobo Barr was one of the biggest goddamned fool ‘drug warriors’ in the stinking Republican party!

    Face it, folks..they who ‘control the money’ control the whole stinking political spectacle..

    ..a good dose of ‘monetary realism’ is, hopefully, in the wings..

    ...hopefully someday soon, a big microphone will make it into the hands of someone who, while maybe working their hot dog chute about ‘the illion dollar economy,’ etc. ad nau$eam, understands the nature, origin etc. of even one ‘dollar!’..

    (Who are your champion$ here, folks?) (crickets)

  7. Jerry S. Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOsDcngcP00&feature=related

    A high level Republican stated last week that if Ron Paul endorsed a non Republican for POTUS he should be kicked out of the Party.

    Ron Paul will not be endorsing anyone for POTUS (but himself) anytime soon !

    Clark Says:

    April 9th, 2008 at 8:06 am
    “I like Gravel on ‘wars’..

    If memory serves Bobo Barr was one of the biggest goddamned fool ‘drug warriors’ in the stinking Republican party!

    Face it, folks..they who ‘control the money’ control the whole stinking political spectacle..”

    DITTO-I like the way Gravel opposes wars also,

    Barr says he was wrong,

    DITTO-You Sir understand the “STINKING” truth and problem…

  8. Clark Says:

    Thank-you, Jerry S…

    ..at times it seems like only the worst goddamned fools among us are promoted (funded, not smeared, etc.) in ‘politics’..

    ...such that only those people who are no threat to the existing, stinking order are allowed high office, a public forum, etc..

    ...for one of MANY examples, i have met many Republicrat politicians who make MANY decisions about illion$ in money/’tax’ money..yet not one ‘monetary realist’ among them!!..no honest under$tandings of even the basic$..

    ..as one monetary realist wag put it, “These stoooooooooopid Republicrats are constantly working their twinkie chutes :0 about illion$ whilst worse than ignorant of the origin, nature, etc. of even one..”

    Same with the phony ‘media Republicrats..’...virtually all of them!..it seems a thorough job has been done making sure there’s a Republicrat meathead behind nearly EVERY STINKING MICROPHONE..

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