More Barr media

From the LA Times:

Paul’s presidential candidacy has been correctly dismissed all along in terms of winning the nomination. He was even excluded as irrelevant by Fox News from a nationally-televised GOP debate in New Hampshire.

But what’s been largely overlooked is Paul’s candidacy as a reflection of a powerful lingering dissatisfaction with the Arizona senator among the party’s most conservative conservatives. As anticipated a month ago in The Ticket, that situation could be exacerbated by today’s expected announcement from former Republican Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nod, a slot held by Paul in 1988.

From the Washington Times:

“In the month since we formed our exploratory committee, not a single Republican who has spoken with me to try and convince me not to seek the Libertarian nomination has disagreed with my reasons for considering a run,” Mr. Barr told The Times today in an e-mail exchange before leaving London on a flight to Atlanta.

Most Republicans who asked him not to run “also said they understand why I’d run and why John McCain is not conservative and will not seriously tackle the growth in government power and spending,” he said. “Some said they would vote for me if I ran, but for the sake of the Republican Party, they would prefer I didn’t.”

Mr. Barr will speak tomorrow at the National Press Club.

11 Responses to “More Barr media”

  1. Gordon is a Dick Says:

    Thanks Gordon for your shit sack abortion loving married fucking 9 times piece of horse shit candidate.

  2. Eric Dondero Says:

    Yup. Barr is 110% correct. There is much disenchantment on the Right with McCain. The LP has an opportunity of a lifetime.

    How much you ll want to bet that the LP delegates blow it in Denver and go with some Losertarian Badnarik clone like Kubby or Phillies.

    7 million votes? Nah. We don’t need 7 million votes. Better to get our standard 367,274, plus the 50 or so in Guam.

  3. Bill Woolsey Says:

    Just saw Barr announced his candidacy on CNN.

  4. Viverrid Says:

    Will the press conference be broadcast on television or via the internet? Also, what time does it start?

  5. Viverrid Says:

    Oh, then forget that question :)

  6. David F. Nolan Says:

    Once again, Dondero can’t just make a point; he has to include a gratuitous insult (“Losertarian”) in his remarks. But that aside, I see no obvious reason to believe that Barr will necessarily get more votes in November than Kubby or Ruwart would.

    Most of the people who know of and admire Barr are conservative Republicans. They love him for his role in the Clinton impeachment hearings, his support for DOMA, etc. Most other voters are either unaware of Mr. Barr, or actively dislike him. And his presumptive support base is very, very likely to scuttle back to the GOP on election day, believing that an ill-tempered fascist is preferable to a far-left socialist. Because, after all, McCain is a REPUBLICAN … blah, blah, blah.

    So maybe Ruwart would do better, because all those women who have been supporting Hillary will use their votes in November to send a message: We wanna vote for a WOMAN, and if the Demos won’t give us one, we’ll vote for another woman. And if everyone whose life has been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs were to vote for Kubby, his vote total could dwarf either Barr’s or Ruwart’s.

    I have no functioning crystal ball to predict the future, But to flatly assert that Barr would do better than any other prospective Libertarian candidate is just untenable. He might; he might not.

  7. Viverrid Says:

    The Nolan,

    It’s obviously true that predicting Barr would get more votes than Ruwart or Kubby is impossible save for the possibility that Dondero possesses some sort of prescient ability. However, is it LIKELY that Barr would get more votes?

  8. Disgruntled Says:

    The Libertarian Party has a very clear choice. Nominate Bob Barr and attempt to be a real force in this election, for the first time since 1980.

    Or nominate some other clown. Like usual.

    Except this is not like usual.

    The LP was born in Colorado and it will either be reborn or it will commit suicide there. In two weeks.

    We will know soon enough.

  9. Peter Orvetti Says:

    I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the LP will continue to exist much as it does now regardless of what ticket comes out of the Denver convention.

  10. Jonesy Says:

    Barr has the potential to do ALOT better than any of the other Libertarian candidates because the liberal media would push his campaign as a way to try to defeat the republican nominee.

    By the sounds of this press conference (and reading the news reports), it seems like thats what theyre already doing. Nobody else wouldve received this much attention.

  11. paulie Says:

    # David F. Nolan Says:
    May 12th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Once again, Dondero can’t just make a point; he has to include a gratuitous insult (“Losertarian”) in his remarks. But that aside, I see no obvious reason to believe that Barr will necessarily get more votes in November than Kubby or Ruwart would.

    Most of the people who know of and admire Barr are conservative Republicans. They love him for his role in the Clinton impeachment hearings, his support for DOMA, etc. Most other voters are either unaware of Mr. Barr, or actively dislike him. And his presumptive support base is very, very likely to scuttle back to the GOP on election day, believing that an ill-tempered fascist is preferable to a far-left socialist. Because, after all, McCain is a REPUBLICAN … blah, blah, blah.

    So far we agree.


    So maybe Ruwart would do better, because all those women who have been supporting Hillary will use their votes in November to send a message: We wanna vote for a WOMAN, and if the Demos won’t give us one, we’ll vote for another woman.

    Why wouldn’t they vote for Cynthia McKinney then?

    And if everyone whose life has been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs were to vote for Kubby, his vote total could dwarf either Barr’s or Ruwart’s.

    That’s a tall order. I know many people whose lives have been negatively impacted by the WoD. Many of them would never consider voting for a Libertarian.

    But I agree that there is definitely a potential market for our ideas there, and Kubby would be best at reaching it.


    I have no functioning crystal ball to predict the future, But to flatly assert that Barr would do better than any other prospective Libertarian candidate is just untenable. He might; he might not.

    Right again.

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