Bob Barr

Barr That Door!

Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, has offered to fill the potential vacancy at tomorrow night's presidential debate. Isn't this sort of a gimme for the Democrats? If Barack Obama really wants John McCain to de-suspend his participation, he ought to vow not only to invite Barr to fill the empty podium, but should promise to spend as much of the debate as possible teeing up his mustachioed interlocutor to deliver great zingers. By weekend, Barr could be at 20 percent in the polls and Obama could be on his way to a decisive win.  --Michael Schaffer

Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr held a press conference at noon today at the National Press Club. The audience was a little thicker, and a little hotter under the collar than they’d be for your average Barr-Wayne Allen Root avail; an earlier presser and photo-op starring Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin had made the question of Barr’s insurgent credentials topic A on the long-shot candidacy grapevine.

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So I was about a quarter right when I speculated that Ron Paul was going to endorse Bob Barr today. He did. He also endorsed Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin. Basically, Paul's for everyone except McCain and Obama. Update: But Barr hasn't given up yet. He's now asked Paul to be his running mate. (Never mind that he already has one.) --Jason Zengerle

Barr And Paul, Mia

Isn't it a little surprising what non-entities Ron Paul and Bob Barr have been here in Minneapolis? I know the McCain team is on guard for Paul-ites causing trouble on the convention floor, but they've got a whip team monitoring that and there's been no evidence of trouble thus far. Meanwhile other journos are reporting that the Paul events in town have been extremely boring. And Bob Barr almost seems to be going out of his way to avoid making news. I contacted one Barr's campaign hands yesterday asking for information on Barr events this week but he never followed up on my request.

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Freedom Freaks

Idov: Scenes from the Libertarian Party's tragicomic demise.

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Former GOP Congressman Bob Barr had one thing standing between him and the Libertarian presidential nomination – his entire r

Dana Milbank writes up Bob Barr's presidential campaign announcement today. Looks like the former impeachment manager and Georgia Rep. will seek the Libertarian Party nomination. First Read speculates that it could turn Georgia into a battleground state. I guess that's the most likely place you'd see an impact. Though, depending on how much money and attention Barr receives, he could also hurt McCain among western libertarian types in Colorado and Nevada.

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Rumors have been circulating over the past week that former House Manager and Georgia Congressman Bob Barr may run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket. A well-informed source tells me today that he will run...as an Independent. Barr has been extremely critical of the Bush administration from a libertarian perspective, however, stressing issues like coercive interrogation practices, warrantless wiretapping and the Iraq War (he doesn't differ much from Ralph Nader much on this issue). So it's unclear which nominee -- Republican or Democrat -- Barr's bid might hurt come the general.

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Who Woulda Thunk?

Say what you will about the Wall Street Journal editorial page, but they had the very good sense to run a surprising column (subscription required) today by former Republican Congressman Bob Barr arguing in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Barr makes a coherent and convincing conservative case for removing the ban, writing: Conservatives are supposed to favor meritocracy--rewarding ability--especially in the armed forces.

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Bully Pulpit

Last fall, a Bush-bashing ad in The New York Times included among its signatories the name of Norman Pattiz, the celebrated creator of Radio Sawa, a radio network fashioned to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world. This year, some say as a result of the ad, Pattiz has found himself battling for his seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent government commission that oversees the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/ Radio Free Liberty, and Radio Sawa and its sister TV network, Alhurra.

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