I said something nice about Bob Barr the other day. I apologize.
Barr's political grandstanding and no-show of the Ron Paul press conference today confirms all of my worst fears about the man. Prior to this I figured a vote for Barr was at worst an anti-GOP protest vote. Now it just seems like a vote for GOP-lite.
Folks who are planning to vote for Barr because they think he is the third party candidate most likely to draw significant support, should seriously reevaluate the liklihood of that in light of todays actions. Barr's repudiation of the Paul movement for reasons that are suspect at best, may very well tank his chances at playing spoiler in states like Nevada, Montana, and Colorado.
A month ago I thought Barr might be able to pull 5% nationally. Then he started failing to get on ballots all over the country. Shortly thereafter one of this top money men and most prominent supporters, Richard Viguerie came out as a hardcore supporter of Sarah Palin. Now he's decided to snub the movement that is responsible for nearly all of his base support. At this point I think Barr would be lucky to get 5% in any state, and may not even set a Libertarian Party record in total votes (which would make the soul selling the LP engaged in to get Barr atop the ticket even more disgusting).
Barr may say he didn't want to appear on stage with folks like McKinney and Nader, but I don't buy it. Barr was upset that Ron Paul refused to endorse him or run as his VP, so he decided to take his ball and go home. I have said before that Barr is a terrible vehicle for "the Revolution" and if this isn't evidence of that I don't know what it is.
Of course it is true that all of this nonsense could have been avoided if Dr. Paul had run on a third party ticket. He should have and his announcement today makes his stated reasons for not doing so seem ridiculous. Nonetheless Barr's antics make him totally unacceptable, for both principled and pragmatic reasons.