Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Video: Bob Barr makes his case

With Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar" as the soundtrack, Bob Barr explains to ReasonTV why he should get the Libertarian Party presidential nomination:

The interview is conducted by Dave Weigel, who has an article handicapping the LP presidential field:
When former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) announced he was seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for president, Republicans who'd sent "thank you" cards to Ralph Nader experienced their first flashes of this nightmare. "Sure, it will hurt," said South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson. "We'll just have to see how much." . . .
Throughout 2007, the LP watched Ron Paul vaccuum up libertarian money and siphon energy from the low-key field. . . .
Bob Barr, an LP leader since 2006, introduced Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rousing speech that ramped up the movement to draft him.
The biggest problem for Barr -- as I hinted gingerly in an American Spectator article earlier this month -- is that he's liable to face strong resistance from certain hard-core LP people who view him with suspicion. (Let's face it: Hard-core LP people view everyone with suspicion.)

UPDATE: Don't know if this is good news or bad news for Barr, but Andrew Sullivan views him as an acceptable safety valve:
If, somehow, the Clintons manage to wrestle the Democratic nomination from Obama, and if McCain really does continue what looks like a morphing into a neocon supply-sider budget-buster, then Barr will increasingly look like an option for a solid protest vote.
Just in case it matters, I know for a fact that Barr is pro-Dairy Queen:

1 comment:

  1. Well one thing I just gotta like about Bob Barr. he is bucking the trend against endless campaigns. He didn't roll out his exploratory commitee till April 5, 2008. There are several candidates who have already begun their 2012 runs: Mark Warner and Newt Gingrich to name just two. But Barr is jumping in less than 7 months before the general election.