Known to most of us as one of the quarterbacks of the Clinton impeachment, he’s since evolved into the poor man’s Ron Paul and, of late, a third-party presidential candidate. The Washington Times is worried although I’m not sure why:
“Barr obviously is dangerous. At least he negates any possible Nader benefit,” said David Norcross, a New Jersey member of the Republican National Committee and its Rules Committee chairman, arguing Mr. Barr would hurt Republicans at least as much as Ralph Nader, who has announced his own independent presidential bid, would hurt Democrats.
Republican campaign pros said a Barr bid could range from causing them some damage all the way to being the equivalent of Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential bid, which many Republicans think split their party’s voters, unseating then-President Bush and electing Democrat Bill Clinton…
Mr. Barr said he could appeal particularly to voters in libertarian-minded places such as Vermont, New Hampshire and the Rocky Mountain states, and said he would have a broader appeal than Mr. Nader’s candidacy — partly because the Libertarian Party is already qualified for the ballot in 48 states, and partly because of the principles he would espouse.
This site claimed on Monday that Paul would endorse Barr but Paul’s spokesman tells the Times it ain’t so — yet — since he’s busy for the moment trying to get Republicans to pay attention to his supporters. How exactly does a Barr run hurt McCain, though? Barr’s key issues are Iraq, torture, and gun rights; Maverick agrees with him on the latter two (the Supreme Court’s decision this summer will “clarify” any ambiguities in his Second Amendment stance, I assure you), and as to the first, no one who’s so anti-war that it might swing their vote was planning to vote for McCain anyway. Which is a long way of saying, how is the 3 percent rEVOLution going to deliver Perot-esque margins for him? The only potential trouble spot is Georgia, where Barr is from and where Obama did surprisingly well among young white voters. He could factor into a close race there and knock a lean-McCain state into toss-up, but Georgia’s got a Republican governor and two Republican senators available to campaign if things get hairy. Where exactly is the threat here?