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  1. Very good article. It reveals why the other two parties fear Bob Barr enough to exclude him from the debates. If you agree with the 55% of American that say he should not be excluded, please call the Commission on Presidential Debates and demand that Bob Barr be included (202) 872-1020.

  2. Chris says:

    I suspect the reason Barr isn’t in the debates is that the best speaking gig he can get in his home state is a Rotary Club.

    How is the fundraising going? Break a million dollars yet?

  3. Chris says:

    If Barr was really interested in the issue of Federal scope-creep and shrinking government, he’d run against one of the porker congress critters on the northside of town.

    but thats not is aim. His aim is to get his sorry butt back in the news so he can charge more for speaking engagements come December. Just like all the other losers the LP has nominated since the sucessful Clark/Koch campaign.

  4. Jason Pye says:

    Awww, Farris is angry.

    Bob is the only candidate actually discussing any issues. McCain and Obama are discussing lipstick on pigs and pitbulls.

    You have completely bought into this Republican kool-aid that Shafer has given you. It’s sad. You used to be an independent thinker.

  5. Three Jack says:

    barr discussing issues? does he know where he stands on the issues being discussed or just making it up depending on which crowd he is trying to impress?

  6. Three Jack says:

    konop, this is about bob barr. do you know why he flipped on every single issue since he lost his race against linder? (hint, you can find the answer in the 4th post on this thread).

  7. Chris says:

    Actually Pye, I am angry. I’m angry that otherwise reasonable libertarians waste their time with do-nothing know-nothing candidates like Browne, Badnarik and Barr. If you actually ran candidates for positions they had a chance of winning you might actually accomplish your stated goal of “moving public policy in a Libertarian direction”.

    Instead the LP has made the small government movement look like a bunch of child-molesting, drug-using wingnuts.

  8. John Konop says:

    Three Jack

    Nice spin and caught!

    Chris

    I disagree with you on the LP party. I think the problem is many in the party would rather disuse theory over a good bottle of red wine than do anything. I may not agree with Jason but he is way more aggressive than most I have met.

  9. Chris says:

    I don’t disagree that most Libertarians would rather debate the finer points of philosophy. (leading to the absurd conclusion that Sex with Kids is A-OK!).

    But the GOP and Democrats have their navel gazers too (see: Kos, Coulter, et al).

    My problem with the LP is that they run people for offices they have no business running for. Alan Buckley would make an excellent state representative or senator. He’s a principle partner at a Law/Accounting firm. He’s got the business connections to be able to raise some decent money. He’s probably got quite a few good ideas on how we could work on this budget issue. He’d make an excellent member of an appropriations or oversight committee.

    Anyone who thinks Sarah Palin is unqualified because she has been Governor for only two years needs to look at the LP. Aside from Barr and Paul, none of their Presidential Candidates have ever held federal office. Most of their Federal Candidates have never held any office. And almost all of their state wide candidates can’t even raise their own qualifying fees. The Georgia LP has setup a welfare program for their candidates to cover 75% of the costs.

    They will whine and complain about petitioning, but the reality is, any candidate for state house is going to have to canvass that many households to win anyway. Most contested party primaries cost more than it would cost to hire college kids to go fetch signatures. The LP gets no where because their candidates can’t raise money.

    I ask again: has Barr raised over 1 million yet? He’s got 50-some-odd days to get there to just meet the fundraising total of the last loser they nominated.

    I’ll give Barr this though: I expect he’ll do 3 times as well as Badnarik did in Georgia in 2004. He’ll get .9% of the vote.

  10. Jason Pye says:

    If you actually ran candidates for positions they had a chance of winning you might actually accomplish your stated goal of “moving public policy in a Libertarian direction”.

    You know, better than most, that ballot access is a huge hurdle and that the only way to actually get candidates in position to have a legitimate shot is to have someone like Bob on the ballot.

  11. Chris says:

    Allow me to restate:

    They will whine and complain about petitioning, but the reality is, any candidate for state house is going to have to canvass that many households to win anyway. Most contested party primaries cost more than it would cost to hire college kids to go fetch signatures.

  12. ChuckEaton says:

    I find it humourous that Barr has “asked” Ron Paul to be his VP candidate and I’ll be shocked if Paul accepts. Why would Paul decide to be a VP when he could have been the Libertaritn nominee for President hands down – no questions asked?

    I suppose anything you can do to connect youself to Ron Paul, and his movement, is an appropriate strategy.

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