The most widely read libertarian Web site in the world was harshly criticial of Bob Barr today.
Chris Brunner said Bob Barr Showed His True Colors:
Bob Barr has been slamming Dr. Paul publicly since he won the formerly-libertarian party nomination, but this seems to have offended more Ron Paul supporters than anything he has done so far.
For those who don’t know, Barr spent much of his life jailing people on behalf of the federal government for possessing substances that the state disapproves of, before recently “seeing the light”. Even since his supposed revelation, he has praised the troop surge, argued for intervention in Iran and South America, advocated a national sales tax, and voted for the PATRIOT Act twice. This just scratches the surface, of course.
With that said, it’s probably for the best that he didn’t show up today.
Lew Rockwell himself said he got Lots of Emails Like This:
Mr. Barr’s refusal to join Rep. Ron Paul and other Third Party presidential candidates at the Campaign for Liberty press conference today is most unfortunate and, frankly, a deal-breaker for me.
I was prepared to hold my nose and vote for Mr. Barr in Novermber (though I find him a “stretch” as a legitimate libertarian).
No longer. If it is true that he bailed out of the Campaign for Liberty press conference saying “It’s just not worth it …” then Mr. Barr and the LP are “not worth it,” either.
B. Keith Brumley
(former LP member/activist)
Thomas Woods sarcastically remarked, “Here’s how Bob Barr Can Appeal to Ron Paul Supporters — Insult Him,” in reference to the Barr 2008 National Field Director’s MySpace blog — since deleted but preserved by IPR — assertion that Ron Paul was in it for the money. Woods later referred to it as a “Doltish, Vote-Losing Post,” and said:
If Bob Barr were trying to lose, or trying to hurt the Libertarian Party, I wonder how he could have played this whole thing any worse. If for some reason he actually is trying to hurt the party, he probably shouldn’t be so obvious about it.
Ryan W. McKaken in reference to the deleted MySpace blog said the blunder amounted to Bob Barr Campaign: RIP:
Barr’s Field Director, Mike Ferguson, is living proof that one need not have an IQ above 50 to get high-ranking work on a major Libertarian Party campaign.
What I found most glaringly dumb about it was the whole “leadership” issue Ferguson keeps bringing up. You know a politico has nothing substantive to say when he talks about “leadership.” Here’s a working definition of leadership for candidates:
Leadership: What my candidate is doing
Lack of Leadership: What the other guy is doing.
“Leadership” in political discource has no other definition, and Ferguson brings it in a weak pathetic attempt to make his candidate look like something other than a foot note in this election.
Come November, after Barr gets .5% of the vote and is forgotten, will we still hear about how Barr is the serious change agent, while Paul, the sitting Congressman who publicly excoriates people like Bernanke on national television and controls a massive fund-raising machine, is irrelevant?
Antony Gregory, , in speaking of Ron Paul’s Libertarian Platform, said:
[T]he Libertarian Party has continued to distance itself from radicalism, from libertarian principle, from a comprehensive platform of fundamental change. It has moved rightward and stateward, while Ron Paul has moved many conservatives, liberals, independents and others toward the libertarian plumbline.
Stephan Kinsella even posted the following “cat macro.”
Not to worry: The LP says you can’t trust blogs for news.
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- Shane Cory to Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty: â€˜Go F**k Yourselfâ€™
- Barr says he shows â€˜leadershipâ€™ in dissing Ron Paul
- Barr didnâ€™t want to be on stage â€˜with people like McKinneyâ€™
- Nader and Paul to appear together on CNN later today
- Bob Barrâ€™s national field director attacks Ron Paul on MySpace blog
- Campaign for Liberty official says heâ€™s â€˜never seen Dr. Paul so angryâ€™ over Barrâ€™s back-out
- Charles Jay endorses Campaign for Libertyâ€™s four-point platform
- LP blog asks supporters to â€˜consider the facts and not rely on blogs for your newsâ€™
- Ron Paul press conference on Naderâ€™s YouTube channel