Archive for the 'Bob Barr' Category

Has Bob Barr become an ally of the gay community?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

In The Huffington Post, Emma Ruby-Sachs advises the gay community to set its sights high with the Obama Administration and seek repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. And she cites Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr as to why this is desirable:

In law school I met a number of libertarians, many of whom have [...]

Nader cuts Obama’s lead over McCain with Arab-Americans by only 1%

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This report comes from the Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs:

ON OCT. 28, the Arab American Institute released the results of a new Zogby International poll of Arab-American voters showing that Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s substantial lead among Arab American voters had almost doubled since September. The poll also found that Obama’s lead over McCain [...]

Second Amendment news: Bob Barr, Stephen Halbrook

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Bob Barr, the 2008 Libertarian Party candidate for President, has prevailed over New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a lawsuit involving a Georgia sports store that sells guns. Here is the Associated Press story on the case.

Also on the Second Amendment front, Stephen Halbrook’s The Founders’ Second Amendment, which Barr praises, skyrocketed on [...]

Bob Barr condemns newest bailout

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Libertarian Party:

Dec 11, 2008

Barr Condemns Newest Bailout
Auto Bailout Will Only “Compound the Problem”

Former Congressman Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, issued a statement condemning the proposed $15-billion bailout of the auto industry apparently nearing approval in the Congress. Barr said “the Faustian bargain” the [...]

Third-party candidates made the difference in 3 states

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Houston Chronicle’s Texas on the Potomac blog gives the vote totals for Indiana, North Carolina, and Missouri. It is obvious that Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr and Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader got enough votes to make the difference in those three states between the two major-party candidates. (Constitution Party presidential [...]

Bob Barr endorses Chambliss

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

According to the Political Insider blog in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr has endorsed Republican Saxby Chambliss in today’s Senate runoff. Political Insider reprints the text of a Barr letter “presumably distributed to Libertarians in Georgia.”

Ironically, Barr claims Chambliss is for “ending the government bailouts,” when much of [...]

What’s the frequency, Ilya?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

It happens every election cycle. Some libertarian writes about how the Libertarian Party should be abolished (or at least no longer run candidates). The latest comes from Ilya Somin, who writes:

Libertarians often emphasize that failed enterprises should be liquidated rather than kept going on artificial life support. That enables their resources to be [...]

Was Barr a ’spoiler’ in North Carolina?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The Raleigh News & Observer writes a wrapup on the presidential campaign in North Carolina and concludes:

Barr was a spoiler in North Carolina after all.

Though the Libertarian presidential candidate made only token appearances in the state and received a minuscule number of votes in November, he still got more votes than the margin of [...]

Invite third-party candidates to inauguration?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog has some fun with Ralph Nader for suggesting that third-party candidates should be invited to President Obama’s inauguration:

The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party candidates—the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin and the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney—be included [...]

Best Counties in Nation for Some Minor Party, Independent Presidential Candidates Identified

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Ballot Access News

From preliminary election returns, it appears that these are the best counties for five particular presidential candidates:

Nader: Morgan County, Tennessee 5.2%
Barr: Esmeralda County, Nevada, 2.7%
Baldwin: Millard County, Utah, 5.6%
McKinney: either St. Bernard or LaFourche Parish, both in Louisiana, each 1.1%
Brian Moore: Essex County, Vermont, 2.1%

Thanks to Jack Ross for doing the laborious job [...]

The disappointing third-party vote in 2008

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

David Weigel of Reason takes a look at the votes for Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, and Cynthia McKinney, all of which were disappointing to their backers and in historical context. He then concludes:

So if you add together Paul with the four candidates he gathered at the National Press Club to endorse (and [...]

Did third-party candidates tip Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In three states—Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina—the victor in the presidential race did not get 50% of the vote. And the vote for third-party candidates conceivably may have altered the outcome.

The problem is trying to determine the mindset of the voters who took the third-party route, an impossible task. Would they have voted [...]

Barr, Nader On Very Slow Pace

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

With about half of today’s projected 140M votes counted, independent Ralph Nader has about 350K votes and Libertarian Bob Barr has 300K. If this pace holds, Barr would finish with a disappointing 600K (barely over 0.4%), and Nader would get a surprisingly low 700K. Both were polling at 1% on election eve.

Election night cheat sheet

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Thanks to Bradley Jansen for providing this cheat-sheet service on Nolan Chart. He lists 14 “likely battleground states with information of the main third party candidates on the ballot and their history of support in the state (and how they may affect the electoral outcomes).”

Now if we could get only one of the mainstream [...]

Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

... but it’s as close as we can get until Intrade has more granularity and liquidity in its prediction markets for third-party results. Intrade is giving Libertarian Bob Barr a 28% chance of winning more than 1% of the vote, but only an 8% chance of winning more than 2%. Its numbers for Nader [...]

Could third-party candidates be spoilers this time?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Is this the way the campaign ends, not with a bang but a whimper? Time magazine thinks so, noting that both Bob Barr and Ralph Nader are polling only around 1% nationally as we hit election day. And Time wonders why this is so:

Given the current political environment, third parties really should have [...]

Utah 5-Candidate Presidential Poll

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

On November 1, a Deseret News/KSL-TV presidential poll was released. It is based on 1,205 voters, sampled between October 24 and October 30. Results: McCain 57%, Obama 32%, Baldwin 2%, Barr 1%, Nader 1%, undecided or refused 7%. Thanks to Frank Fluckiger for this news.

In 2004, the presidential vote in Utah had been: [...]

AP: Georgia back in play, and Bob Barr could make the difference

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Associated Press says Georgia is back in play, and “Libertarian Bob Barr is drawing enough support to have an impact on how Obama and McCain finish there.”

AP’s in-depth report includes this information:

Two polls show a surprisingly tight race. One from Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc., sponsored by NBC, shows McCain with a lead of [...]

Eric Dondero Shows His True Colors

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Sometimes he’s makes noises like he’s an advocate of the Libertarian Party, but Eric Dondero once again showed that he prefers big government candidates with this endorsement of John McCain:

It is now my strong feeling that libertarians nationwide, and most assuredly my fellow Libertarian Party members, should strongly consider casting their votes for Republicans John [...]

Why this privacy advocate supports Bob Barr

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

by J. Bradley Jansen

Six years ago, I took the Libertarian Party to task for trying to defeat then US Rep. Bob Barr (then R-GA) for re-election in the Republican Party primary. Every response I received at the time from LP officials around the country supported my position.

Just as a vocal few in the LP were [...]

Self destruction: thy name is Bob Barr

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

by Jonathan Cymberknopf

What started out as the most promising Third Party campaign in years is turning out to be the most disappointing one in years.

Looking back at the Libertarian convention, the purists of the Libertarian Party did try to warn us, but we did not listen as promises of gold blinded our eyes.

We forgave Bob [...]

‘New Yorker’ profiles Bob Barr

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Raffi Khatchadourian provides a lengthy profile of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr in the October 27 issue of The New Yorker. Entitled “The Third Man: Bob Barr’s Libertarian run for the White House,” the article includes reportage on Barr’s relationship with former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Nader, Barr, Baldwin debate tonight in Cleveland

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr, and Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin will debate tonight, October 30, in Cleveland, Ohio.

When: Thursday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Where: The City Club of Cleveland; 850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, OH
Topic: The Economy: “Where do we go from here?”

According to the [...]

AFP: ‘Forgotten candidates for US president may still impact race’

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Agency France Presse (AFP) takes a look at the campaigns of third-party candidates:

...the libertarian candidate Bob Barr, independent Ralph Nader and, to a lesser extent, Chuck Baldwin’s Constitution Party and Green candidate Cynthia McKinney, could have a significant impact on the hopes of McCain or Obama, who remain locked in tight races in key battleground [...]

Barr Loses Connecticut Ballot Access Case

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

On October 23, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall said that Connecticut need not reprint its ballots to include Bob Barr. The key factor in the decision was the state’s testimony that it would be almost impossible to reprint the ballots. There will be no appeal of the denial of injunctive relief. However, [...]