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Ex-Rep. Barr Quits GOP for Libertarians
breitbart ^ | 12 15 06 | BEN EVANS

Posted on 12/15/2006 3:29:05 PM PST by flixxx

A former Georgia congressman who helped spark President Clinton's impeachment has quit the Republican Party to become a Libertarian, saying he is disillusioned with the GOP on issues such as spending and privacy. Bob Barr, who served eight years as a Republican congressman before losing his seat in 2002, announced Friday that he is now a "proud, card-carrying Libertarian." And he encouraged others to join him.

"It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," said Barr, 58, a lawyer and consultant living in Atlanta. "In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots ... I've come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party."

Barr said he has no plans to run for office. In his new role as the Libertarian Party's regional representative for the South, he will help promote the party's message and recruit candidates, he said.

Barr helped manage the House Republicans' impeachment case before the Senate in 1999.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aclu; bobbarr; liberaltarians; libertarianparty; libertarians; lookatmelookatme; lp; wierdo
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I am not a fan of Barr, but I agree with him about the privacy issues and the spending...I just do not think that leaving the GOP will solve anything and will probably hurt the country more than help. We will see what the New Year brings in terms of how the Republicans in Congress work to overcome the November elections.
1 posted on 12/15/2006 3:29:06 PM PST by flixxx
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To: flixxx

Interesting.

I hope the party heeds his warning.


2 posted on 12/15/2006 3:30:15 PM PST by cicero's_son
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To: flixxx
While I agree with Barr on a lot of policy questions, it seems that his "disillusionment" with the Republican Party coincides rather nicely with his primary defeat.

Sour grapes, if you ask me.
3 posted on 12/15/2006 3:30:54 PM PST by Omega Man II
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To: traviskicks

Ping-a-ling-a-ling!


4 posted on 12/15/2006 3:33:26 PM PST by JTN ("I came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum.")
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To: flixxx

Barr was a schmuck when he was a Republican and now he's a Libertarian schmuck. If the Libertarians want him, I say they're welcome to him.


5 posted on 12/15/2006 3:33:33 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: flixxx; Clintonfatigued; JohnnyZ; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; AntiGuv; LdSentinal; Torie

Barr jumps the shark, film at 11.


6 posted on 12/15/2006 3:33:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: flixxx

Bob Barr is most famous in post-Linder years for eating cheese made from a Kazakh woman's breast milk. Mmmm...


7 posted on 12/15/2006 3:34:44 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: flixxx

Good riddance. I wish he'd take the rest of the Donner Party conservatives with him.


8 posted on 12/15/2006 3:35:19 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: Omega Man II

If we have a Presidental Candidate like Rep Mike Pence in '08, then he and our Policies would be likely to revert most of the libertarian and constitutional types back to the Republican Party..


9 posted on 12/15/2006 3:35:46 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com)
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To: flixxx

I like Bob Barr and agree with his sentiment, but I don't think the Libertarian party is a good vehicle for the reform he wants. Maybe he has something up his sleeve, like drastically reforming the Libertarian party itself.


10 posted on 12/15/2006 3:36:46 PM PST by billybudd
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To: flixxx

Bob Barr has been a faithful friend to those who value limited government. I wish him the best of luck no matter what party he joins.


11 posted on 12/15/2006 3:38:04 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: flixxx

Despite the philosophical Libertarian support found here at FR, it is foolish to vote one for President until they can snag lots of state legislative offices, a few governorships, a couple dozen seats in the House.


12 posted on 12/15/2006 3:38:58 PM PST by Jacquerie (When a Democrat swears to support the Constitution, you can bet he'll lie about other things.)
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To: billybudd
I like Bob Barr and agree with his sentiment, but I don't think the Libertarian party is a good vehicle for the reform he wants. Maybe he has something up his sleeve, like drastically reforming the Libertarian party itself.

Well said bb.

Perhaps he is just bored and is looking for something to do?

13 posted on 12/15/2006 3:41:19 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: flixxx
Wrong way to go Barr, this party is worth fighting for. If we are infiltrated by a bunch of Rinos time for a little tom DeLay extermination.
14 posted on 12/15/2006 3:42:02 PM PST by rodguy911 (Support The New media, Ticket the Drive-bys, --America-The land of the Free because of the Brave-)
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To: flixxx

Liberal Democrats are very happy!!


15 posted on 12/15/2006 3:42:07 PM PST by jbwbubba
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To: COEXERJ145
Good riddance. I wish he'd take the rest of the Donner Party conservatives with him.

Still laughing about Donner Party conservatives. They probably have a party cookbook: Compassionate Conservative Cocktails before barbecued RINO steaks. Mmmmm, RINO...

16 posted on 12/15/2006 3:42:33 PM PST by rhombus
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To: flixxx

sign of things to come... bump


17 posted on 12/15/2006 3:43:40 PM PST by Minus_The_Bear
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To: JSDude1
If we have a Presidental Candidate like Rep Mike Pence in '08, then he and our Policies would be likely to revert most of the libertarian and constitutional types back to the Republican Party.

Don't give the stuck-on-stupid GOP any ideas.

18 posted on 12/15/2006 3:46:44 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: rodguy911
Wrong way to go Barr, this party is worth fighting for. If we are infiltrated by a bunch of Rinos time for a little tom DeLay extermination.

Apparently, Bob Barr would rather hang out with the ACLU.

19 posted on 12/15/2006 3:55:40 PM PST by FreeReign (Rudy-Mitt-McCain are Hillary's approved opponents.)
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To: NittanyLion
"Bob Barr has been a faithful friend to those who value limited government. I wish him the best of luck no matter what party he joins."

I'm with you. I like him and found him to be one of the few Republicans with guts.

20 posted on 12/15/2006 3:57:32 PM PST by CremeSaver
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To: CremeSaver
I'm with you. I like him and found him to be one of the few Republicans with guts.

Me too.

I'd vote for Bob Barr—and move him right up there with what's-his-name.

21 posted on 12/15/2006 4:04:59 PM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: flixxx

The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received enough votes to cause the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana.


22 posted on 12/15/2006 4:06:46 PM PST by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: flixxx
Barr is right.

As much as it pains me to say this, the Republican party is F.U.B.A.R.

23 posted on 12/15/2006 4:07:16 PM PST by wireman
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To: EGPWS

Heh, yeah. A hobby project for his retirement.


24 posted on 12/15/2006 4:10:30 PM PST by billybudd
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To: flixxx

The Libertarians were a big reason Bob lost in the primaries. His support of the WOD was his undoing. I don't understand this move. Good luck to him, he will need it.


25 posted on 12/15/2006 4:13:12 PM PST by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71 US Army 75-79 3d Inf Old Guard)
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To: flixxx

Hey Bob, don't let the door hit you on the a$$.


26 posted on 12/15/2006 4:13:40 PM PST by babylucas (Hey moonbats! Impeach this!)
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To: flixxx

If Barr is doing this - I wonder how many other, non-famous pubbies are leaving? The spending, the smug arrogance and the corruption sure got to me!


27 posted on 12/15/2006 4:14:04 PM PST by Sunsong
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To: Eclectica
I'd vote for what's-his-name too. As long as he/she would stand up to the media and democrats, and start acting like Conservatives.
28 posted on 12/15/2006 4:14:26 PM PST by CremeSaver
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To: flixxx

No respect for Barr since he worked with the ACLU.


29 posted on 12/15/2006 4:14:40 PM PST by Rosemont
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To: flixxx

Damit, had the Libertarians fought within the party (as Reagan did) America would be almost back to it's constitution.

Fractionalization will only screw us all, we need to fight for the heart of the party.


30 posted on 12/15/2006 4:15:55 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I'll bump to that.


31 posted on 12/15/2006 4:17:00 PM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Only liberals and RINOS can escape full speed through cracks that would challenge a cockroach.)
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To: Alter Kaker
You beat me to the punch. His expression was priceless. Go see the Borat movie if it is still playing in your area.
32 posted on 12/15/2006 4:18:36 PM PST by hodaka
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

lol; but seriously policy it would be a Good Idea, (from your tag name I am sure you agree)!


33 posted on 12/15/2006 4:21:28 PM PST by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com)
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To: NittanyLion
Bob Barr has been a faithful friend to those who value limited government.

It seems that valuing limited government has fallen out of fashion. It apparently didn't survive majority.

34 posted on 12/15/2006 4:21:35 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: flixxx
I find it somewhat depressing that Libertarians have no shot in this country because of the lock Republocrats have on the system. It wouldn't be that hard to implement a system that neither disenfranchises a substantial minority of the population, nor lets parties use squirrelly tactics like splitting their opponents vote by funding opposition third party candidates. I think more of a diversity of opinion in the Senate and House would lead to better ideas in politics, or at least better oversight of pork barrel spending in either party.

On second thought, considering the mess electronic voting is in, and the inability of some voters to make sense of the simple ballots we have, maybe I'm asking too much.

35 posted on 12/15/2006 4:23:04 PM PST by amchugh
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To: preacher
The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received the Republican had earned enough votes to cause avoid the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana.
36 posted on 12/15/2006 4:23:14 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: flixxx

Bob Barr is nuts.

Not for leavng the GOP...lots of people are thinking of that option. Pretty much a useless bunch unless they get their act together, and SOON.


And not for joining the Libertariians--the party that would become viable the instant they changed their Pro-Choice Stance. It's A Life issue, not a Choice Issue.

It has nothing to do with politics. Bob Barr is just nuts.


37 posted on 12/15/2006 4:29:01 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: flixxx

Well I have become disillusioned with Barr over the last few years so we're equal. AMF.


38 posted on 12/15/2006 4:35:24 PM PST by plain talk
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To: NittanyLion
The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received the Republican had earned enough votes to cause avoid the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana.

Burns did his part.

Burns was 100% conservative. I say he earned it.

39 posted on 12/15/2006 4:36:52 PM PST by FreeReign (Rudy-Mitt-McCain are Hillary's approved opponents.)
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To: flixxx

yawn.


40 posted on 12/15/2006 4:38:06 PM PST by rhinohunter (1 RINO down...4 to go!!!)
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To: flixxx

I wonder how many current freepers know of Bob Barr's history with FR. He's the guy who took the lead on impeaching Clinton, and invited us to Washington to rally against Sick Willie. Barr later said that without the activism and support of FR, Clinton's impeachment never would have taken place.


41 posted on 12/15/2006 4:38:37 PM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: NittanyLion

I prefer the original over your version. Libertarians are spoilers resulting in unnecessary splintering of the conservative vote.

The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received enough votes to cause the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana.



42 posted on 12/15/2006 4:40:53 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk
The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received enough votes to cause the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana.

A politician isn't entitled to votes; they earn them. The notion that someone is automatically due a vote is in large part what led to the debacle in November.

43 posted on 12/15/2006 4:42:59 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: Interesting Times

I DO Know Bob Barr's career.

I DO respect the part he played in clinton's empeachement.

I also know about the rest of it.

One thing doesn't give him a pass on the rest.


44 posted on 12/15/2006 4:44:11 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: flixxx

I hope he doesn't let the door hit him in the ass on the way out. I got fed up with this jughead when he joined the aCLU and allowed them to scream that conservative "republicans" were joining the aCLU "in droves." IMHO, he's gone past "libertarian" and is a liberal 'RAT.


45 posted on 12/15/2006 4:46:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I hope nobody "offends" me today.)
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To: JSDude1
lol; but seriously policy it would be a Good Idea, (from your tag name I am sure you agree)!

Keep laughing. Libertarians are a huge voting bloc within the GOP.

46 posted on 12/15/2006 4:47:33 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: 9999lakes

Bob Barr---divorced three times, and recent menber of the ACLU.

Conservative without principle, and plays with libs to gain public exposure.


Like I say...NUTS.

NUTS to him, and NUTS to his political aspirations.


47 posted on 12/15/2006 4:55:01 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: preacher
The Republicans would control the next US Senate if a Libertarian had not received enough votes to cause the defeat of Republican Burns in Montana

The Republicans would control the Senate if the voters hadn't wasted their votes on that RINO Burns instead of voting for the Libetarian. Ahh well.

48 posted on 12/15/2006 4:55:49 PM PST by VillageDamien
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To: NittanyLion

So what has a dem done to deserve election? Throwing away a vote for a libertarian is the same thing as voting for a dem. Even a RINO is better than a socialist.


49 posted on 12/15/2006 4:59:41 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

This far down the postings before a mention of Borat? If he could fall for that, he'll fall for anything.

How 'bout some sexy time with my sisters milk cheese.


50 posted on 12/15/2006 5:01:34 PM PST by Vermont Lt (I am not from Vermont. I lived there for four years and that was enough.)
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