Bob Barr Is Not Worth Your Vote
When I first heard about Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party run, I actually looked at his past as a Republican congressman as a positive. Most people don’t join independent parties first crack out of the box, and I certainly didn’t. I found myself defending him against attacks that he was a “neo-con” or a pol seeking to advance a dying career.
That began to change as I heard more from him. The various news appearances he made were filled with canned rhetoric. He sounded like the stereotypical politician. It was hard to really tell if he believed what he was saying, or if he had just decided to leach onto the movement started by Ron Paul’s candidacy.
One of my favorite commentators, Dan Carlin, who has two podcasts, Common Sense and Hardcore History, which have been frequently featured on iTunes’ main page, claims that he has been constantly rebuffed when requesting interviews with the Libertarian candidate.
Carlin doesn’t have a dog and pony show. He has had Pat Buchanan, Jonah Goldberg and historian James Burke on his shows. All three of those guys carry more weight than Bob Barr does or will. What’s he afraid of?
Barr’s demands that Ron Paul join his campaign and his refusal to debate anyone other than Ralph Nader added to my disillusion with the man. In an election where “change” is the catchphrase, a vote for Bob Barr seems less like a vote for change than a vote for a tired hack of the old Republican Party establishment.