Skip to comments.Barr bid could hurt McCain
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.
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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.
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It's OK folks...
It's a dud.
This also would be a good fix of sanity for the Libertarians they’ve been missing for many years.
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?
Why isn’t Ru Paul running for that nomination?
After the 1988 scandal, I am sure the Libertarians want nothing from him.
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.
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.
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.
No, he just panders to the illegal version of them.
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.
It’s ok, McCain doesn’t need the right anyway, he’s got moderates!
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..
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.
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..)
Why not just write yourself in?
Who else could possibly fit your own “conservative and libertarian leanings” as closely as yourself?
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!
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!