Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Barr None! Bob is Perot-ing a Wrench In the Works

Former Republican Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who you may recall as one of the lead "prosecutors" of the Clinton impeachment, has decided to run for president as a Libertarian, a move which compelled some Republicans to dub him "The Ralph Nader of the Right."

On CNN, Barr adamantly insisted he was "not a spoiler, but a winner," an argument that was belied by CNN's not-too-objective, bold-faced crawler headline under Barr: "SPOILER ALERT!"

The idea of a viable third party has always fascinated me intellectually, but all America has achieved so far are periodic candidacies by "personalities." And if those recent races have taught us anything, it is this political truism:

If you run because you think America is not liberal or conservative enough, you will destroy that candidate whose views are closest to your own. Somewhere in America, John McCain takes a Tums.

Sorry, Bobbo, but if you keep pulling on the wings, you cripple the bird. Clearly, Barr knows he can't win, which means this is either about self-aggrandizement and gathering worship from his philosophically-aligned "flock," OR he's off-kilter like Perot.

Smart money says: Bob is coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.


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