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Barr bid could hurt McCain
The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2008 | Stephen Dinan and Ralph Z. Hallow

Posted on 04/03/2008 11:33:40 AM PDT by 300magnum

Can a conservative former congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU dent Sen. John McCain's presidential bid?

That's exactly what Mr. McCain would face if Bob Barr, the former Republican who joined the Libertarian Party two years ago, wins his adopted party's presidential nomination.

"Barr obviously is dangerous. At least he negates any possible Nader benefit," said David Norcross, a New Jersey member of the Republican National Committee and its Rules Committee chairman, arguing Mr. Barr would hurt Republicans at least as much as Ralph Nader, who has announced his own independent presidential bid, would hurt Democrats.

Republican campaign pros said a Barr bid could range from causing them some damage all the way to being the equivalent of Ross Perot's 1992 presidential bid, which many Republicans think split their party's voters, unseating then-President Bush and electing Democrat Bill Clinton.

"Sure, it will hurt. We'll just have to see how much. Will it be like Perot's run? Always that chance," said South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson.

Dinan on the Republicans: McCain not an alien

A source familiar with Mr. Barr's thinking says he likely will announce his bid this weekend, at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo., where he is scheduled to speak.

Mr. Barr declined to say whether he would make an announcement, but told The Washington Times, "I will be there certainly, and will be addressing the convention."

He said he has detected "significantly deep dissatisfaction with particularly the Republican Party and the Republican likely nominee," and that leaves an opening for someone with his views.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; aclu; babar; bobbarr; conservativevote; libertarian; mccain2009; thirdparty
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1 posted on 04/03/2008 11:33:41 AM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum
Barr bid could hurt McCain ^

It's OK folks...

It's a dud.

2 posted on 04/03/2008 11:36:43 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICEs toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: 300magnum

This also would be a good fix of sanity for the Libertarians they’ve been missing for many years.


3 posted on 04/03/2008 11:36:52 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: 300magnum

Unfortunately, we live in interesting times. Why do we lose the Bob Barrs . . . Newt Gingriches . . . Dick Armeys from Congress to which they are perfectly suited and incredibly valuable to their country . . . ?

And why do they come back to haunt the Presidential campaigns?


4 posted on 04/03/2008 11:37:30 AM PDT by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: mnehrling

Why isn’t Ru Paul running for that nomination?


5 posted on 04/03/2008 11:37:38 AM PDT by weegee (Famous moments in history: March 18th, 2008 “I have a bridge (to sell you)...” - Barack H. Oba)
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To: 300magnum
....or, Libertarians could continue their slide off the deep end and choose Mike Gravel who also wants to run on the Libertarian ticket.
6 posted on 04/03/2008 11:38:12 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: weegee

After the 1988 scandal, I am sure the Libertarians want nothing from him.


7 posted on 04/03/2008 11:38:43 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: 300magnum

Barr wouldn’’t even get a dead cat bounce.

He’s had a lot of positions working for the ACLU that I suspect would make him highly unpopular.


8 posted on 04/03/2008 11:39:25 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs and Joe Kennedy were all against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: 300magnum

I don’t know what the heck has happened to Bob Barr. He used to be the Congressman for the district adjacent to mine, but then he left Congress...and made an unholy alliance with the ACLU. He doesn’t seem to understand the WOT. Those two things are dealbreakers, as far as I’m concerned.


9 posted on 04/03/2008 11:40:40 AM PDT by Purrcival (Democrats can't run a primary. THESE are the people who want to tell us how to manage health care?)
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To: 300magnum

I suspect Ron Paul’s supporters would be suspect to go along with this. Of course there was never a chance of their supporting the Republican candidate.


10 posted on 04/03/2008 11:40:42 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: 300magnum
McCain not an alien.

No, he just panders to the illegal version of them.

11 posted on 04/03/2008 11:42:44 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Where is Galt's Gulch?)
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To: 300magnum
if Bob Barr, the former Republican who joined the Libertarian Party two years ago, wins his adopted party's presidential nomination.

Bob Barr would be very good. Before it became obvious that being a conservative is very different than being a Republican, I used to think of myself as a Republican with a libertarian bent.

Bob Barr would nicely fit both my conservative and libertarian leanings.

12 posted on 04/03/2008 11:45:25 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Greg F
And why do they come back to haunt the Presidential campaigns?

It wouldn't have anything to do with John McCain wanting to turn over American sovereignty to Mexico, would it now?
It wouldn't have anything to do with John McCain getting an F- from Gun Owners of America, would it?
It wouldn't have anything to do with John McCain voting for Ruth Bader Ginsberg would it?
It wouldn't have anything to do with John McCain voting against the Bush tax cuts, would it?
It wouldn't have something to do with John McCain calling Reverend Falwell an "agent of intolerance" would it?

Nah, it's probably just the fact that this Naval Academy classroom dunce actually believes in Al Gore's global warming and would be much more effective at moving the left's agenda forward than Barack Obama. Yeah, that's it.
13 posted on 04/03/2008 11:46:29 AM PDT by farmer18th (Iraqi Nation Building GWB-Style: "No law that contradicts.. Islam may be established")
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To: 300magnum

It’s ok, McCain doesn’t need the right anyway, he’s got moderates!


14 posted on 04/03/2008 11:48:58 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: 300magnum
There appears to be literally nobody left in the republican party that are republicans.. What a concept.. A republican party with no republicans..

Actually since all democrats are in reality socialists there are no democrats left in the democrat party EITHER...

YET, the socialist party is sooo covert that nobody even knows it exists..

15 posted on 04/03/2008 11:49:54 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: farmer18th

If you can’t hold your congressional seat you ought not be running for President as a general matter and should not be a spoiler as a specific matter in this case.


16 posted on 04/03/2008 11:54:32 AM PDT by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: ontap
I suspect Ron Paul's supporters would be suspect to go along with this.

I just did a little trolling, a few are, but most are upset, still thinking Paul is going to win through their delegate stacking, or are calling Barr a 'neocon' (they pretty much call everyone who isn't named Paul that..)

17 posted on 04/03/2008 11:55:30 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehrling
....or, Libertarians could continue their slide off the deep end and choose Mike Gravel who also wants to run on the Libertarian ticket.

Go Gravel!

18 posted on 04/03/2008 11:56:19 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (El Conservo Tribe, tribal name "Avoids Fort Marcy Park" Watching the Rat Fight. typical white person)
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To: RJL

Why not just write yourself in?

Who else could possibly fit your own “conservative and libertarian leanings” as closely as yourself?

Why not?

You have just as much chance of actually winning the election as Bob Barr.

Even better, you can save the time and gasoline it would take to drive to polls.

You can vote for yourself right here on FReeRepublic.

You can vote for yourself as many times as you want, and vote a few extra times for Bob Barr, too.

The effect on the outcome of the election will be exactly the same!


19 posted on 04/03/2008 11:58:00 AM PDT by TSchmereL ("Rust but terrify.")
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To: 300magnum

Oh, goody. Now McCain and all the liberal Republicans will have somebody to blame besides conservatives for the impending Republican bloodbath. He can give the Libertarians hell too. LOL!


20 posted on 04/03/2008 12:01:21 PM PDT by penowa
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