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President Barr?

The AP reports that former Congressman Bob Barr has formed a presidential exploratory committee in preparation for a possible run as the Libertarian Party candidate for President.

alias:
I never pay much attention to the marginal candidates, but isn't this a little late?
4.7.2008 10:36am
yawn:
Nope. Unimportant decisions (like choosing the LP nominee) don't require much process.
4.7.2008 11:04am
bla bla:
This is a good thing. I'd much prefer a McCain presidency to an Obama one, but my state is solidly Democratic, so there's not much point in me voting for McCain. If a qualified libertarian candidate ran for office, I'd use my vote as a protest to warn the Republican party that it is veering too far away from protecting individual rights and free enterprise.
4.7.2008 11:09am
bornyesterday (mail) (www):
He sounds like a wonderful guy.
4.7.2008 11:11am
john w (mail):
What I'd like to know is: What the &^%* happened on the Road to Damascus??

Didn't Barr use to be a fanatical, rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth Drug Warrior??? So how did he suddenly come to convert to Libertarianism? I suppose, if it's true, we ought to welcome him into the fold, but there must be a really interesting story buried in there someplace.
4.7.2008 11:53am
shawn-non-anonymous:
It seems to me he's trying to pull dissatisfied social conservatives out of the Republican party. His vote for the DOMA doesn't square well with libertarianism.
4.7.2008 12:13pm
Truth Seeker:
The Libertarian National Convention, when they will be nominating their candidates, will be May 22-26 in Denver. See www.lp.org
4.7.2008 12:14pm
Fub:
john w wrote at 4.7.2008 10:53am:
What I'd like to know is: What the &^%* happened on the Road to Damascus??
Witchcraft?
4.7.2008 12:22pm
Glenn W. Bowen (mail):
maybe he'll put a bullet through the Oval Office wall while admiring another pistol.
4.7.2008 12:38pm
Sean O'Hara (mail) (www):
Nader, Barr, and Cynthia McKinney -- so many third party loons I can vote for to show my distaste for the major parties.
4.7.2008 12:45pm
Brian Mac:

I'd use my vote as a protest to warn the Republican party that it is veering too far away from protecting individual rights and free enterprise.

Fight on, dear patriot!
4.7.2008 1:04pm
Thales (mail) (www):
If nothing else, a Barr candidacy would pull a small group of lunatic fringe Clinton haters (you know, the people who have collector's item issues of the American Spectator's ruminations on Vince Foster's suicide?) away from McCain's base if Hillary's superdelegate coup is successful and the Democrats once again fail to nominate their best candidate. He certainly won't be the godsend that Ross Perot was to the first President Clinton, however.
4.7.2008 1:31pm
ejo:
I thought we had a libertarian candidate, Ron Paul, albeit in the Republican Party. I guess the neo-nazis and drug legalizers do need someone to vote for.
4.7.2008 2:03pm
Cornellian (mail):
I hope Mr. Barr runs. His campaign will be a goldmine of opportunity for witty puns.
4.7.2008 2:07pm
Mikeyes (mail):
Uh, who?

Really, if only a few political wonks can even tell where he is from (Georgia), I will be impressed. As for his record, it is ten times as obscure as Nader's and he will draw even fewer votes by a factor of ten.

Why bother to even talk about him?
4.7.2008 2:12pm
Virginian:

Really, if only a few political wonks can even tell where he is from, I will be impressed. As for his record, it is ten times as obscure as Nader's...


This fairly well describes Obama before the media annointed him the chosen one (and the latter sentence still does). Maybe if Bob Barr succeeds in sending a thrill up Chris Matthews' leg, he will enjoy a similar rise from obscurity.
4.7.2008 2:22pm
tarheel:
The guy ate cheese made from Borat's wife's breast milk. That might be enough to get my vote. The look on his face in that scene is priceless.
4.7.2008 2:24pm
Mikeyes (mail):
This fairly well describes Obama before the media annointed him the chosen one ...

Did I miss Bob Barr giving a keynote address at the Republican National Convention?
4.7.2008 3:20pm
Virginian:


This fairly well describes Obama before the media annointed him the chosen one ...



Did I miss Bob Barr giving a keynote address at the Republican National Convention?


Mikeyes - is your point that speaking at the Democratic National Convention rocketed Obama to fame? Give me a break. Hardly anyone (other than political wonks) watches those conventions. I stand by my original comment.
4.7.2008 4:38pm
Dave N (mail):
The Libertarian National Convention, when they will be nominating their candidates, will be May 22-26 in Denver. See www.lp.org
They actually found a phone booth in Denver?
4.7.2008 4:43pm
Bob from Ohio (mail):
Perot had 19,741,065 votes in 1992.

The Libertarian candidate in 2004 got 397,265 votes. Harry Browne got 485,798 votes in 1996 and 384,516 votes in 2000.

Yes, it is a safe bet that Barr won't be a "godsend" to the Dems.
4.7.2008 5:04pm
Mikeyes (mail):
Mikeyes - is your point that speaking at the Democratic National Convention rocketed Obama to fame? Give me a break. Hardly anyone (other than political wonks) watches those conventions. I stand by my original comment..

My point exactly, I did watch the speech and learned about Obama (a tribute to my wonkiness, I suppose) at that time and I never heard of Bob Barr until a month or so ago when he announced that he might run in spite of my wonkiness. I grant you that there was a point at which Obama was as obscure as Barr, but it was not a month before he announced for the presidency (and not with only seven months to go.)

Your suggestion that the reason (the only reason?) that Obama is in the position that he is in now is that he was "annointed" by the press. That may be true, but if so, why did they do it? Was he picked because he was Black? A random choice by the vast left wing conspiracy to annoy Clinton? Or perhaps because he is an attractive candidate for a variety of reasons that appealed to various members of the MSM?

If we accept your theory - which has credence, after all it is probably the reason why anyone is successful in politics - then the reasons why have to be examined.

Once someone is prominent, however, then often they fall under the critical eye of those same members of the MSM. And if they don't, why?
4.7.2008 6:02pm
DeezRightWingNutz:

My point exactly, I did watch the speech and learned about Obama (a tribute to my wonkiness, I suppose) at that time and I never heard of Bob Barr until a month or so ago when he announced that he might run in spite of my wonkiness. I grant you that there was a point at which Obama was as obscure as Barr, but it was not a month before he announced for the presidency (and not with only seven months to go.)


I seriously have to question your wonkiness, or you must be under thirty, since Bob Barr regularly appeared/appears on cable news (Fox, at least) and was prominent during Clinton's impeachment. He seemed to be one of those congressmen everyone who follows politics knew of, like Traficant (sp?), McKinney, Bernie Sanders, JC Watts, and Barney Frank. People who went on TV a lot or did or said outrageous things.

I did watch a fair amount of Fox News back then, so maybe that's why I remember him so distinctly. Was he also one of the few in the RNC freshman class of '94 who stuck to his self-imposed term limit pledge?
4.7.2008 6:43pm
Uncommon Nonsense:
I'm a few hairs under 30 and I know who Barr is. No self-respecting political junkie who came of age in the Clinton era or earlier should be unaware of Barr--he was on Crossfire constantly, was an impeachment manager, and generally had the nuttiest of positions, making Newt Gingrich look moderate. I'd add Lindsey Graham to DeezRightWingNutz's list, too.

Barr was also in Borat.
4.8.2008 12:47am
neurodoc:
Lindsey Graham wouldn't qualify for your "DeezRightWingNutz's" list, unless that list includes every Senate Republicans.
Was he also one of the few in the RNC freshman class of '94 who stuck to his self-imposed term limit pledge?
I think he ran but lost. Do check that out, though.
4.9.2008 11:45pm