Bob Barr switching to Libertarian Party?
The Libertarian Party world is abuzz with the news that former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia may be jumping ship over to the LP. Word is that Barr is disenchanted with the increasingly big-government oriented policies of the GOP, and their lack of recognition of the importance of the Party's limited government wing post-election. (This could be Mike Pence and John Shadegg losing the leadership posts -- just speculating here.)
Apparently, there's some hard truth to the rumors. In a Southern Regional Libertarian Party conference call last week, LP leaders voted almost unanimously to invite Barr to represent their Region on the Libertarian National Committee. Barr responded that he would "seriously consider it."
Barr was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Libertarian Party convention in Atlanta, and in 2006 campaigned for Libertarian Party congressional candidate Bob Smither in Texas. He is also friends with Libertarian Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, also rumored to be a possible Presidential candidate.
For the last two weeks the Libertarian Party world has also been abuzz of a major "Big Name Candidate" that would drop for the LP's Presidential nomination.
I was led to believe by some sources that it would be magician Penn Jillette, who is a Libertarian Party supporter.
It's starting to look like someone deliberately led me down that wrong path. That's fine.
Barr would make an even stronger candidate for the LP.
This all comes on the heels of a recent announcement by 2004 World Poker Champion Greg Raymer that he would seek the Libertarian Party's Vice Presidential nomination.
Does one smell some backroom deals at work here?
A Bob Barr/Greg Raymer ticket perhaps?
What does this all mean for us Republicans? It means that the GOP will need to work extra, extra hard to attract the libertarian voter in 2008. Further, it means that the GOP needs to nominate a Presidential candidate who has major appeal. Or at least put a libertarian Republican on the ticket.
A Tom Coburn, Mark Sanford, Gary Johnson, William Weld, or Jeff Flake, perhaps?
Eric Dondero, CEO, www.mainstreamlibertarian.com