I just heard from a friend of mine who stresses that he wishes to remain anonymous. He’s attending the convention as a delegate and told me about a conversation he had with a Barr supporter (late) last night over some drinks.
Apparently, the Barr supporter wanted to convince my friend to leave his candidate of choice and support Barr because it was the first step in a master plan aimed at getting Barr elected President. Apparently, as this Barr supporter saw it, running in 2008 as a Libertarian would give Barr a national platform for his ideas that he could then take and use in a 2012 Republican primary campaign. “Just like Ron Paul did,” went the argument in favor of this idea.
Now, I don’t think this is the official strategy of the Barr campaign. Or at least, I don’t think they would ever say this outloud. But as soon as I heard it… it clicked to me and actually made quite a bit of sense, which is why I wanted to post it on here.
Barr would gain libertarian cred, mailing lists, and a fundraising base that he could very easily transfer to a Republican bid in 2012. I’m not sure he could win the GOP nod… or even come close, but he’d probably make a pretty big splash similar to Ron Paul’s current campaign. Maybe he thinks he could win, who knows?
I do sincerely hope that someone brings up the idea of this scenario to Barr during the debate this evening. Just to gauge his reaction. I’m not saying it’s a bad strategy for Libertarians or libertarian ideas… but it certainly wouldn’t be great for the growth of the Libertarian Party as an entity. And the delegates ought to get a promise from him that he won’t run in 2012 as a Republican before giving him the keys to their store.