Steve G.

“Classically Liberal” argues that Barr panders to racists and bigots

In Immigration, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Minorities, Politics, Republican on June 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm

From Classically Liberal:

This blog has argued that the reason Barr, Viguerie and other conservatives were trying to take over the (formerly) Libertarian Party was to turn it into a vehicle to attack the Republicans for nominating McCain. They want to strip votes away from McCain on the Right so that he will lose. This, they hope, will bring back the dominance that the far Right previously held in the party, but which they lost out to the neo-cons.

In other words their goal is NOT to build the (formerly) Libertarian Party but to use the party as a means of taking over the Republican Party. The LP is but a tool for their use, which shows the naivety of those Libertarians who argued that having Barr lead the ticket “would build the party”. Of course to accomplish that goal Barr can’t really run as a Libertarian. He doesn’t want the libertarian vote, he wants the conservative vote.

And one result is that we know have the spectacle of a Libertarian candidate playing up immigrant-bashing to pander to the racists that permeate the Right.

Click here to read the entire article.

Hat tip Brad Spangler

  1. Is there a way the LNC or LP members can oust Barr from the ticket? It seems that many of his positions violate the oath LP members take when joining the party.

  2. The LNC is not going to oust Barr. Many of them were crucial to orchestrating his rise in the LP — why would they suddenly change their minds now?

    We’re going to have to put up with things through November.

  3. We need to learn how to make lemonaide. I personally have more of a problem with Root than Barr. And while we may disagree with Vigurie the man has a track record of accomplishments that we could learn from if we were so inclined.

    Brian I think the thing to do is get active and state our case. Barr says something you disagree with write a letter to the editor and say so, or put out a news release.

    MHW

  4. Vigurie the man has a track record of accomplishments that we could learn from

    I prefer to think that Vigurie has a record that we can learn *what not to do* from.

  5. Michael H. Wilson Says:
    June 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    We need to learn how to make lemonaide. I personally have more of a problem with Root than Barr.

    I have had major problems with W.A.R. since I heard him speak, in what he characterizes as his first public appearance running for the LP nomination. That speech was given to the joint gathering of the LP of Florida state convention, state chairs meeting, and LNC meeting in March 2007. Interestingly, Barr was also in the audience, and though I can’t vouch for this, this may have been HIS first exposure to W.A.R. as well. I would guess that this exposure of the candidates in March ’07, running for the LP nomination made it enticing for Barr to run himself.

    So with W.A.R., his foreign interventionism, “islamo-fascist” bashing, and generally Republican upholding the state views were aired there. I have not found him to be substantively improved in the 15 or so months . . . not as if a 46 year old lifelong Republican could make a sea-change of philosophy so rapidly, and so completely. In short, W.A.R. is a phony. I will say though, for better or worse, he will probably try to stick around the LP for a while.

    Now Barr, will likely slowly retract from the LP after the election, and slowly (but steadily) re-connect with his conservative friends, and try to influence the Republican Party to become more “conservative”. If this comes to fruition, I say GOOD, and Barr should “party” with his own ilk.

    If Barr does this, you bet your sweep bippy that I am going to say “I told you so!” Regardless of the vote total for Barr/W.A.R., this experiment of nominating Barr will have been a failure. Unless you consider “success” being moving the LP in a conservative direction, there isn’t any way that, short of Barr getting elected on radical, libertarian rhetoric, that this conservative takeover of the LP can be deemed anything other than a failure, AND an abomination.

  6. Who is the person that writes at that blog anyway? That guy/girl is spot-on.

  7. The LNC is not going to oust Barr. Many of them were crucial to orchestrating his rise in the LP — why would they suddenly change their minds now?

    We’re going to have to put up with things through November.

    This coming from the same retard caucus idiot that was telling everyone to support Barf recently…

  8. Forgive me, BUT…

    WE TOLD YOU SO!

  9. Work on downticket races. Nov. will be here soon enough! Everyone can survive Barr/Root, now can we survive a B.O. or McSame term!?!

  10. disinter writes: “Who is the person that writes at that blog anyway? That guy/girl is spot-on.” Who and what blog are you talking about?

    MW

  11. The new libertarian party.

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