The Libertarians have complained and complained that their candidate hasn’t been allowed into the debates with Senators McCain and Obama. But apparently, Bob Barr agrees that he should have been excluded. After all, according to the New York Times, Barr is refusing to join the scheduled “third party” debate unless it is limited to himself and Mr. Nader.
Why should John McCain or Barack Obama (each polling around 45% of the vote) bother to debate Bob Barr (polling around 1% of the vote) if he himself is refusing to debate “lesser” candidates like Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin? On election night, the gap between Barr and Baldwin or Barr and McKinney will be far smaller than the gap between the majors and Barr or Nader.
Mr. Barr — you can’t seriously demand that a major party candidate should debate someone polling within the margin of error, while you refuse to participate in debates with candidates who poll slightly lower than yourself.
In my opinion, if Barr doesn’t show up then he no longer deserves to be taken seriously as a candidate.
End of story.