GOP fears Barr could spoil McCain's bid: the Nader of the Right

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    Jun 22, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    "A fiery former GOP congressman who gained national prominence for doggedly pursuing impeachment of President Clinton has some Republicans worried he'll play spoiler in a tight presidential contest.

    Bob Barr's Libertarian Party bid for the White House is the longest of long shots, but political experts say he may be able to exploit the unease some die-hard conservatives still feel about Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting. ... "

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/06/22/gop-fears-barr-could-spoil-mccains-bid/
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    Jun 22, 2008 10:18 PM GMT
    We can only hope. Although frankly I don't see McSenile winning in any event.
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    Jun 23, 2008 12:42 AM GMT
    Barr is polling at 6% in Georgia which is an unusually close race this year thanks to Obama's support in the Black community. With Barr's help, Georgia could go blue this year.
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    Jun 23, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    If Ron Paul throws his support behind Bob Barr, it will certainly muddy the waters. But I don't believe Barr would just take votes away from McCain.

    Paul had backers from all walks of life; that is what was so amazing about his campaign. Generally speaking, people in general are sick and tired of the RepubliCrats running this country into the ground. The majority of the people in this country are moderate, and don't give a damn about the parties. They're not left wing, and they're not right wing.

    If Paul can get his army of supporters behind Barr, it could make things very interesting. But I do not believe it will be any easier for Obama.
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    Jun 23, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Maybe Barr's run will make the Republicans think about going back to their small government roots...
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    Jun 23, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    FlopShotBrad saidIf Paul can get his army of supporters behind Barr, it could make things very interesting.


    Yes, Barr might get as many as...oh gee, perhaps 30,000 votes nationally.

    Do you think it's coincidence that the only Libertarian candidates to date have been certifiable mental cases? Paul, and now Barr.....
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    Jun 23, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    With the exception of Ralph Nader, most third party candidates are certifiable nut cases. Lets not forget Cynthia McKinney.

    I find it interesting that the Communist Party USA endorses the Democrats now and doesn't bother to try to field a candidate anymore.

    http://cpusa.org/article/articleview/907/1/4/

    Well of course they do, Fidel Castro endorses Obama, that's all they need.


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    Jun 23, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    I don't really see how Ron Paul could be considered a certifiable nut case. While he is certainly outside the mainstream of conventional politics, I don't see that as a bad thing. What we've got going on sure as shit is not working. So why not try something different, such as common sense? That sure as hell is lacking from both sides of the aisle.

    Myself, I would not vote for Bob Barr. He does seem a bit out there. Then again, I don't like the other two, either. My point was that Ron Paul has galvanized American politics, and if he can mobilize his supporters behind Barr, he may do some damage.

    Paul raised a hell of a lot of money in his run. He would have been far more successful had he not run into the brick wall known as the mainstream media that pretty much cock-blocked him once the establishment realized he was a threat. And considering the rumors that circulated last December about a possible assassination attempt against Paul, I would not discount his influence.
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    Jun 23, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    I think the "vast media conspiracy" against Ron Paul is a bunch of rubbish. If it weren't for the internet (which is included in media) he wouldn't have gone anywhere. His policies don't line up with most Americans.
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    Jun 23, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    FlopShotBrad saidI don't really see how Ron Paul could be considered a certifiable nut case.


    He drones on about "fiat money" and ascribes the ills of the modern world to being off the gold standard. He has repeatedly made common cause with groups that seek to reinstate the Confederacy. This is not nuts?

    While he is certainly outside the mainstream of conventional politics

    People always cite this as a virtue. Like anything else, it can be a virtue or not, depending on content.

    So why not try something different, such as common sense?

    Pretty breathtaking assumption, that Libertarianism is common sense. I don't find any part of it sensible.

    My point was that Ron Paul has galvanized American politics

    Oh really? I challenge you to find 15 people who even remember that he was running. Galvanize? That's really funny.

    He would have been far more successful had he not run into the brick wall known as the mainstream media that pretty much cock-blocked him once the establishment realized he was a threat.

    This is classic paranoid thinking. A threat? A national joke, more like. The mainstream media covered him about as much as he was worth, in terms of his appeal to the populace. It's always said of third-party candidates that one loves "Oh, that evil media, they stoppdd him from getting his message across and that's why no one knows about him."

    Well, what people DID learn about him made them lose interest pretty quickly.
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    Jun 23, 2008 9:45 PM GMT
    Interestingly, Bob Barr has backpedaled somewhat on the gay marriage issue. While he wrote and supported DOMA in 1996, he now says that there should be no federal marriage amendment, but that the indivudal states should decide the issue. Barr is less a social/civil libertarian and appeals more to a gun-toting, paranoid-style libertarianism. I could see him being the George Wallace of this election, if you know what I mean.
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    Jun 29, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    I watched Bob get interviewed by Chris Wallace this morning on Fox. He is behaving more like a Democrat than a Republican.
    He opposes the USA PATRIOT Act, he opposes the War in Iraq, and in general takes up Obama's issues better than Obama lately.