Bob Barr for president…I guess?

Over at Reason, David Weigel says:

When former Rep. Bob Barr arrives in Kansas City on Saturday for the Heartland Libertarian Conference, organizers expect him to launch an exploratory committee for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.

So, I guess I’ll have to throw my support behind this guy now that Ron Paul is out. Honestly though, I don’t know enough about him to make any kind of qualified statement. I promise, I’ll look into him though and I’m fairly confident that he’ll be to my liking – not necessarily set the same central topics I would but essentially agree with me 80-90% of the time. That’s good enough for me in today’s world of politics.

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One Response to “Bob Barr for president…I guess?”

  1. Eric Dondero Says:

    Bob Barr will make a fine Libertarian Party Presidential candidate, perhaps the best ever, even eclipsing Ed Clark’s high water mark of nearly 1 million votes (1.1%) in 1980.

    Problem is the Party is in the grips of leftwing Anti-War Libertarians (many outright Anarchists), thes days. Most of the Pro-Defense wing has left for the GOP into the Republican Liberty Caucus, Club for Growth, ect…

    Barr will get a substantial vote among just the hardcore Libertarian set – base of about 500,000.

    But if he hopes to increase that into the millions, he’ll need to walk a fine line on foreign policy, careful not to run away Pro-Defense libertarians who might be inclined to vote for him.

    Just today we learn of yet another report about to be released showing how the Surge in Iraq has been a stunning success since September.

    If Barr takes the Ron Paul non-interventionist/pacifist line and claims that the War is a “failure” he’ll end up looking foolish and run off a great many potential libertarian Republican supporters.


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