Sunday, April 06, 2008

Raising the Barr

Bob Barr announces the formation of an exploratory committee here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Eric Dondero said...

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.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Eric,

I don't buy it. I think one can argue persuasively that the war has been a dismal failure and still be "pro defense." Would you call Pat Buchanan anti-American or anti-defense? The surge has not produced a political solution and therefore it is folly to say that it has succeeded.

3:14 PM  

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