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‘Bin-Laden partner’ endorses Barr, Barr accepts

After failing to receive enough tokens to enter tonight’s debate, Daniel Imperato publicly endorsed Bob Barr. Barr accepted.

If Barr had attended last night’s “unofficial and all-inclusive” debate, he would have known that Imperato claims to have been in business with the bin-Laden family. He also claims to know George W. Bush very well. When questioned about any economic issue, Imperato discusses how the Jewish control of the financial system has led to Arab resentment.

Bob Barr heartily accepted Imperato’s endorsement, and features it prominently on his campaign Web site.

24 Comments

  1. OH4Phillies OH4Phillies May 24, 2008

    But I digress. I can’t imagine this will help Barr among Libertarians. How much does he actually know/care about his opponents?

  2. gregsarnowski gregsarnowski May 24, 2008

    Does the pope’s endorsement transfer over as well?

  3. Andy Craig Andy Craig May 24, 2008

    “How much does he actually know/care about his opponents?”

    He seems to me like one of the few candidates NOT essentially wanting to purge everyone who disagrees with him. Root and Gravel have made very clear their loathing for their libertarian critics. Barr has probably done more than any other candidate to put forward a conciliatory face at the convention. In other words, he’s one of the few people there actually more interested in fighting the general election than fighting other Libertarians.

    As for Imperato, even if he is a bit crazy, I see no reason for Barr to have snubbed him. It’s not like he’s going to be parading him around in the general campaign or anything.

    One final thing- it’s a bit dishonest to be seriously using the bin-Laden thing against him. It’s a well-known fact that the bin-Laden “family” (clan is more accurate) A) is ridiculously numerous and wealthy in Saudi Arabia, and B) disowned Osama years ago. They’re Wahhabis, but they’re not terrorists.

  4. OH4Phillies OH4Phillies May 24, 2008

    Alright. Thanks for the info! I wish I could be there.

  5. Austin Cassidy Austin Cassidy May 24, 2008

    Maybe he’ll seek the VP nod…

    Barr/Imperato anyone?

  6. Steve Perkins Steve Perkins May 24, 2008

    Imperato is… well, Imperato. However, had Barr snubbed him, the same people criticizing him now would have been criticizing him for acting “better” than lower-tier candidates.

  7. G.E. G.E. Post author | May 24, 2008

    Um, no. No one would have criticized Barr for rejecting Imperato.

  8. Steve Perkins Steve Perkins May 24, 2008

    You just suggested in the lobby that Imperato isn’t a “real libertarian”, so therefore Barr isn’t a “real libertarian” because he didn’t reject him.

    By that logic, you wouldn’t be a “real libertarian” either… because you lead and moderated a libertarian debate last night to which Imperato was invited. Why no shame on the organizers for not rejecting Imperato yesterday?

  9. G.E. G.E. Post author | May 25, 2008

    No, no, no. Barr’s libertarianism isn’t in question because of accepting/rejecting Imperato, and I never suggested that (or intended to). It’s not unlibertarian to accept a non-libertarian’s endorsement, nor to reject a libertarian’s. It has no impact on one’s libertarianism.

    Barr’s acceptance of Imperato’s endorsement — and his highlighting of it — shows tremendously bad political wisdom. Imperato is a nutcase, Steve. If Barr is the nominee, Imperato is going to be hounding him nonstop, acting as if he has something to offer.

  10. Steve Perkins Steve Perkins May 25, 2008

    Fair enough, G.E. However, if Imperato wasn’t able to garner attention from an LP crowd at an LP convention, I highly doubt that he could garner attention from the general public during a fall election cycle. If he leaves voicemail for Barr, so be it.

  11. William Saturn William Saturn April 24, 2015

    Image of Barr with Imperato as Imperato announces his endorsement of Barr:

  12. NewFederalist NewFederalist April 24, 2015

    Why did you post this, William?

  13. George Phillies George Phillies April 24, 2015

    Historical photograph. Someday this will rank with the extant photographs (daguerotypes, actually, taken in the 1830s) of American Revolutionary War Veterans.

  14. paulie paulie April 24, 2015

    LOL.

    I always loved this shot. Barr looks very uncomfortable, wishing he was somewhere, anywhere else. Imperato is beaming and soaking up the attention. Hillarious!

  15. paulie paulie April 24, 2015

    Apparently, I also forgot that Andy Craig was commenting here way back in 2008. For some reason I thought he got here more recently.

  16. William Saturn William Saturn April 24, 2015

    I’m doing some research on Imperato for a possible article. I came across this article and was curious about how much the Barr campaign emphasized this endorsement. I went to the Internet Archive and found the campaign website from about four days after this article was posted here. There was a list of live updates from the convention and one announced the endorsement by Imperato and included this photo. The campaign also posted a more distant photo (see below) on its Flickr page. Apparently the Barr campaign was really excited about receiving Imperato’s endorsement.
    Imperato Endorses Bob Barr

  17. William Saturn William Saturn April 24, 2015

    Also of potential interest from the same Flickr stream:

    Bob with Kane

  18. Jed Ziggler Jed Ziggler April 24, 2015

    I’m assuming that pic was taken seconds before Barr was chokeslammed through a table.

  19. paulie paulie April 24, 2015

    LOL. Now that’s a picture I would have wanted to see!

  20. langa langa April 24, 2015

    Apparently, I also forgot that Andy Craig was commenting here way back in 2008. For some reason I thought he got here more recently.

    I was a bit surprised to see that as well. I actually discovered IPR shortly after the convention, probably around June or July, so apparently AC has been here longer than I have.

  21. Andy Craig Andy Craig April 24, 2015

    On and off since I guess 2008 or so, I guess. I still would have still been in high school at the time (I was too young to vote in 2008 by one month).

    I vaguely recall also commenting some on Third Party Watch before that, but not really as a regular on either there or IPR. When paulie posted asking for more writers, I figured that would be worthwhile, and it has been.

  22. langa langa April 24, 2015

    Well, I’m glad you took Pauile up on his offer. I think you’ve been doing a great job.

  23. paulie paulie April 24, 2015

    Agreed!

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