This should be interesting. I personally like the guy, he’s no Ron Paul, but I like him.
On the Ron Paul Forums, though, people seem skeptical. Very annoying arguments too. “He used to be a Drug Warrior (changed his position so shouldn’t be a problem), he’s a neocon (horrible use of a word, makes me think they’re ignorant), he’s a former CIA agent, once in the agency – always in the agency (um, prejudice conspiracy theorist much?)” etc.
He may not get Ron’s support. Even Avaroth, the guy who made a lot of great Ron Paul videos on YouTube and help get him popular on the internet, dislikes Mr. Barr.
I am thinking the LP is going to choose him though, and I wonder who his VP will be.
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.