Will Conservative Angst Reset the Barr?

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Former Georgia Republican Congressman may be returning to the campaign life โ€” as a Libertarian candidate for president.

Barr is a featured speaker at the Heartland Libertarian Conference in Kansas City, Mo., today and the chatter in political circles is that he will announce the creation of an exploratory committee.

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Barr, who writes a column for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said in that interview many people were encouraging him to run and there was evidence voters had a “great deal of dissatisfaction with the current candidates and the current two-party system.”

He said in that interview his candidacy would be an extension of the campaign of Republican Ron Paul, who remains a candidate for president even though Sen. John McCain has surpassed the minimum number of delegates to win the nomination.


Barr has been preaching his philosophy to relatively small crowds.

Last month, he was featured at a meeting of the Georgia Libertarian Party, where fewer than 50 people met in a small hotel meeting room in Gwinnett County. There he complained about government spying on individuals and threats to the Bill of Rights.


Barr was a Republican congressman representing Cobb County from 1995 until 2003, when he became a Libertarian.

From The Washington Times:

Can a conservative former congressman who helped impeach President Clinton, is a board member of the National Rifle Association and has done contract work with the ACLU dent Sen. John McCain’s presidential bid?


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.


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17 responses to “Will Conservative Angst Reset the Barr?

  1. Friend of the court

    He believes in impeachment and the Bill of Rights? Hell, I’ll vote for him.

  2. nonnie9999

    i actually hate his guts. he’s another hypocrite. howevah, i will give credit where credit is due. he has been out front in opposition to the war, and he has been on the correct side and vocal about privacy issues and civil liberties.

  3. Friend of the court

    Well, if you hate him, so do I. I have total respect for your opinion. I never heard of him, before.

  4. nonnie9999

    he was one of the driving forces behind clinton’s impeachment. he is supposedly anti-choice, but it came out that he drove his wife to a clinic to have an abortion.
    while it was still going on, i wrote a poem about the impeachment. maybe i will find it and dust it off. it will give you a refresher about the cast of characters.

  5. Friend of the court

    I would love to read your poem. I was drinking a lot, during that time, and was so pissed off at Clinton that, I didn’t pay much attention.

  6. nonnie9999

    oy! i had to search everywhere! i finally found it. now, keep in mind that i had just had surgery and was on a lot of painkillers at the time.

    The Fight Before Christmas

    In the weeks before Christmas,
    All through the House,
    Your doom is assured,
    If you cheat on your spouse.

    I sat on the couch,
    And tuned into C-SPAN,
    I hoped for the best,
    But the $hit hit the fan.

    The remote at my side,
    And my dog on my lap,
    I said to myself,
    This should be a snap.

    When all of a sudden,
    There arose such a clatter,
    I turned up the sound,
    To see what was the matter.

    When what to my wondrous eyes
    Should appear?
    It was old Henry Hyde,
    Like a big rabid bear.

    He stood at the podium,
    And with a wink and a nod,
    Proclaimed his committee,
    Had the wisdom of G-d.

    “We don’t care what is just,”
    Hyde thought with a smile,
    “Cause we’ve got the votes,
    On this side of the aisle.”

    The Democrats argue,
    “Who cares who’s in Bill’s bed?
    Are you out of your minds?
    Is democracy dead?”

    “This charge has no teeth,
    We hasten to venture,
    Have a sense of proportion,
    And just vote for censure.”

    “But,” screamed the Republicans,
    “He perjured himself,
    So we’ll throw him out,
    Put him up on a shelf!”

    “Hooray, Henry Hyde!
    You’ve been nothing but fair,
    Please tell us your story,
    We’ll yield to the chair.”

    Henry stood up quite proudly,
    And like a bad dream,
    Enumerated the charges,
    And called for his team:

    “On Graham, on Buyer.
    On Cannon and Barr,
    We don’t need witnesses,
    We’ve got Kenneth Starr!”

    “Gallegy, Gekas,
    Canady, Coble!
    We’ve got the votes,
    No need to be noble!”

    “Chabot and Goodlatte,
    Hutchinson, Bryant!
    We’re the majority,
    And feeling defiant!”

    “Pease, Smith, and Sensenbrenner,
    McCollum and Rogan,
    Let’s get rid of Clinton!
    Wow! What a great slogan!”

    “Messrs. Inglis and Jenkins,
    Hurry up, ’cause with luck,
    We’ll finish this up,
    And not lose a lame duck!”

    He forgot Mary Bono,
    Their sole female voice,
    (Now, I ask, California,
    Was she your best choice?)

    I watched in sheer horror,
    As the decision was reached,
    They overturned the election,
    Bill Clinton’s impeached!

    I rose to my feet,
    And I turned off the set,
    As bad as this was,
    How much worse will it get?

    When it gets to the Senate,
    Will there be a trial?
    Can’t think ’bout that yet,
    I’m still in denial.

    I yawn and I stretch,
    As I turn out the light.
    I’d like to ask those Republicans,
    “How can you sleep at night?”

  7. Friend of the court

    Good work, nonnie. Through the haze, it begins to come back. As troubling as Clinton’s dicking around and lying about it was, the reaction of Congress, was the true national embarassment. They were sure anxious to jump on the outrage bus about lies, when the transgression was screwing around.

  8. jeb

    So, this is where everyone (FOTC, Nonnie9999, et al) is hanging out these days). I was going to make a snarky comment about lowering the barr for this election but just as inane as that comment is, is my ability to find out where to become a secret-handshake commenter. Of course maybe I wouldn’t want to join any blog that would have me as a member.

  9. nonnie9999

    ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ omg!!!! can i believe my eyes? jeb? our jeb? long lost jeb? where the hell have you been? fotc!!! look who’s here! it’s jeb!!!!!!! i am grinning from ear to ear (note the illustration to demonstrate how i am grinning—> ๐Ÿ˜€ )! this just made my day. jeb, how are you?

  10. jeb

    I’ve been on hiatus. I got to the point where I just couldn’t read DKOS anymore and burned out on all that stuff. Even now I feel apathetic when I look at it. I need a higher level of discourse, hence my appearance like a Rethug at a pro-war rally here.

  11. nonnie9999

    i don’t blame you. i spend very, very little time over at dk lately. it’s ugly over there. we have more fun over here anyway. we even have visitors from the other side (no, not dead people!), and we give them hugs. i hope you stick around and add to the hilarity. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. barr was such an ass — but in this administration filled with assholes, he starts to look normal.

    do you remember what Borat did to him in the movie?

  13. nonnie9999

    here is my true confession–i have never seen borat! one of these days. i agree with you–the scariest part of all of this is that barr looks almost normal lately! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  14. Friend of the court

    Last! jeb!!!! good to see your voice. It just isn’t as much fun, at the orange, as it used to be. Also, I’m short of time lately, due to the forclosure mess. The daughter of the guy, I have been renting from, lost her house and the shit is rolling down hill. My town leads the nation in forclosures and I’m having a heck of a time finding some place to move my tired old self.

  15. nonnie9999

    i was wondering where you have been! that’s terrible! how long have you lived where you are now? do you have a lease? can he throw you out whenever he wants? see? people think that only those who are being foreclosed on will suffer, but it really does have a ripple effect. i wish you luck finding a new place, fotc, and i am sending you a great big hug.

  16. Friend of the court

    It’s time to move on. I’ve been here for about seven years. The rent is dirt cheap because, when I first came here, I was keeping an eye on his 98 year old aunt. She died about two years ago and he let me stay for the same rent. It has worked out great for me, until now. The daughter is in a real bind and blood is thicker….and all that. I hate moving almost worse than anything but, on the up side, it has made me get rid of a lot of crap that I don’t need. When I finally get settled, I will be a leaner, meaner fotc. It’s not like I’m a Polar Bear with the ice melting under my paws.

  17. nonnie9999

    you have a better attitude than i would have if it was me, fotc. i hate moving. i have lived here for 18 years, and the very thought of going through all the crap i have makes me shudder. in fact, i have to go through and get rid of a ton of crap tonight before the electrician gets here tomorrow (it would be good if he is able to get into the house).