Apparently Bob Barr was inÂ quite a stupid mood today. Scheduled to be at Ron Paul’s press conference today at the National Press Club, he pulled out just a half-hour before the event. And don’t think the Campaign for Liberty people were happy about it as this post from Reason shows…..
“Ron Paul’s press conference with the top third party candidates just wrapped up, but it was missing one of the scheduled speakers: Libertarian Bob Barr. Barr pulled out of the conference this morning, but the LP’s Austin Petersen hadn’t been told. He showed up with campaign literature and was kicked out of the hallway by Paul spokesman Jesse Benton. “He was extremely angry,” Petersen said. “I feel like the fall guy.”
Barr could sign the same statement of principles the other candidates did but he couldn’t bring himself to appear in person with the other major third party candidates? Does he think he’s somehow above them?
Needless to say the Ron Paul grassroots people aren’t happy either. Chuck Baldwin keeps gaining with this group all the time.
Ultimatley this will leave Barr’s campaign as Â nothing more the a top-down group of disgruntled Republicans, a ticket only the RLC can love and leaves it vulnerable to collapse if those Republicans are so suckered by Sarah Palin (and apparently they still are) move away from Barr. Already his poll numbers have dropped which Karl Rove’s plan to cut off his momentum by having his former staffers talk up Palin to McCain has worked.Â Thankfully there’s more to Chuck Baldwin’s campaign than just disgruntled GOPers looking for handouts or smoke signals from McCain. Hell, if Wayne Allyn Root was reportedly willing to back out of the LP camapaign to be substitued by Ron Paul, then his heart isn’t in this and it’s an open question now whether Barr’s is as well.
So, as the irrepressibleÂ Dave Weigel reports, Barr is ticked off at Paul because he wouldn’t give him his sole endorsement? Paul stated clearly in Minneapolis, this is bigger than just one party and those who share his ideas or give them credit can share in his support no matter what their ideology or party. He will not be pigeoned holed and after what McCain’s goons did to Paul’s delegates in St. Paul, do you honestly think Paul was going to endorse McCain?
A non-major party vote may be divide among four candidates but at least one thing is for sure, it’s a vote NOT going to McCain or Obama, who have turned the camapaign into an issueless forum which can easily be dominated by trivial nonsense promoted by the media. The Naders, McKinney’s, Baldwin and Barr are the only serious people runing. At least I thought so until Barr made a fool of himself today.
UPDATE: Apparently Barr’s foolishness didn’t stop with a snub. He allowed his field director to make a vicious attack on Paul and his followers shortly thereafter on his MySpace Page.
Well this day has cleared things up for me. Vote Baldwin 2008!
Bob Barr just doesn’t get it. He wouldn’t be where he is if it wasn’t for Ron Paul. Good luck getting anyone to work for Barr or give money after today.