Color me skeptical. I don’t see any strength to Barr’s convictions.
A fiery former GOP congressman who gained national prominence for doggedly pursuing impeachment of President Clinton has some Republicans worried he’ll play spoiler in a tight presidential contest.
Bob Barr’s Libertarian Party bid for the White House is the longest of long shots, but political experts say he may be able to exploit the unease some die-hard conservatives still feel about Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting. Combined with the surge in turnout among Democrats during the primaries and a difficult political climate for Republicans, they see what could be a recipe for trouble for the GOP.
“Bob could be the Ralph Nader of 2008,” said Dan Schnur, a GOP consultant in California who worked on McCain’s 2000 campaign but is not involved in this year’s contest. Consumer advocate Nader is the third-party candidate many Democrats blame for helping George W. Bush narrowly win in 2000.
Rep. John Linder, a Republican who defeated Barr in 2002 after Georgia’s Democratic-controlled Legislature redrew congressional boundaries to put the two lawmakers in the same district, said he didn’t think Barr would top 4 percent of the vote.
“But in some states that may be enough,” Linder said.
Barr is still underneath it all a Republican. Odds of him playing spoiler are slim. Perhaps if McCain is so far behind Obama that Barr’s 3% wouldn’t matter, otherwise, more flash than substance.
Also, Ralph Nader is not the reason Al Gore (and John Kerry) lost. Just because an opinion is repeated enough times doesn’t make it any more true. Gore and Kerry lost because they ran as “New” Democrats, ran as Republican-lite. The elections are all about electoral votes, and Nader didn’t get any.