My experiences with trying to volunteer for the Barr GOTV calling in the last days of the campaign:
- I was initially blacklisted from volunteering to make calls because I had been a critic of Barr (this from Shane Cory to me in a phone call that I initiated). After I called the campaign to beg to be allowed to volunteer and promised to ‘behave’, I got the privilege of volunteering.
- The Barr campaign used a database of “registered Republicans from Bob’s district in Georgia” (according to Austin Peterson). When I expressed an interest in calling NC voters, I got… ignored. I could call GA folks or no one I guess.
- The call-script was as follows:
Hello, my name is [name] and I’m calling to ask for your vote for our former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Bob Barr.
Bob Barr opposed the McCain-Obama bailout scheme, opposed McCain-Feingold and has a proven track record of protecting both your tax dollars and your Second Amendment rights. According to the National Taxpayers Union, only Bob Barr will reduce federal spending.
May we count on your support for Congressman Bob Barr for President?
Notice a conspicuous lack there? No mention of the LP or libertarianism. Calls to Barr’s congressional ‘constituents’ in GA. Not surprising, but disappointing and another mis-step for the campaign. ESPECIALLY in light of a recent campaign email, which said, in part:
In 1992, both parties ignored Ross Perot. … But his votes had a huge impact and in 1994, just two years later, the Republicans
actively embraced much of the Perot agenda and swept out many Democrats in Congress, capturing control of both the House and Senate.
I believe that together, we can repeat this – either as Republicans or Democrats — and come next week, Congress will know that.
Which, taken with the calling ‘strategy’, indicated to me that Barr may be planning to run as a Republican (or Dem!) for his old house seat. Subsequent communications from Barr seem to indicate otherwise, though.