Barr, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president, is holding court right now in the third floor lobby, surrounded by a gaggle of fans. His reception is oddly affectionate for a former Republican. One blogger looks like he’s about to ask a question—instead, he asks for an autograph. Another hands Barr his cell phone. “Can you talk to my brother for a second?” Another guy wants to ask him about his appearance in Borat. While Barr is answering a question about wiretapping, a kid goes up behind him and poses like he’s about to beat him up while his friend takes a picture.
What brings him to town? Barr is giving the keynote address this evening at RightOnline, the rival conservative blogger conference being held across the city. His Netroots Nation visit wasn’t anticipated, but conference political director Josh Orton said he was welcome as long as he paid the regular entrance fee.
I rarely give Barr kudos, but given Obama’s recent turnabout on some important issues – and his ongoing dispute with some of the Netroots Nation bloggers – this was actually a pretty smart move on Barr’s part. He couldn’t eclipse the appearance by Al Gore, of course, but it seems like he left some liberal bloggers with a positive impression.
I’d still like to see that photo they described, though. 😉