Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Ex-Rep. Barr quits GOP for Libertarians

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
 
Zorro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:20 PM
Original message
Ex-Rep. Barr quits GOP for Libertarians
Another rat leaving the sinking ship.

<snip>

A former Georgia congressman who helped spark President Clinton's impeachment has quit the Republican Party to become a Libertarian, saying he is disillusioned with the GOP on issues such as spending and privacy.

Bob Barr, who served eight years as a Republican congressman before losing his seat in 2002, announced Friday that he is now a "proud, card-carrying Libertarian." And he encouraged others to join him.

"It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," said Barr, 58, a lawyer and consultant living in Atlanta. "In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots ... I've come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party."

<snip>

More at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061215/ap_on_go_co/brf_bar...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
angstlessk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:23 PM
Response to Original message
1. I do believe he is also a 'card carrying' memeber of the ACLU
which shocked everyone...including us here at DU!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:37 PM
Response to Original message
2. I predict more defections from the GOP
especially if those in Congress don't step up to the plate and do something about Bush.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:07 PM
Response to Original message
3. Excellent, next move
equate Republicans to theocrats and permanently split the right. Move the Democrats into the center, let the Greens rise up on the left.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:17 PM
Response to Original message
4. Barr is someone with no further stake in the Republican Party
This is a lot easier for him to do now than it was eight or ten years ago.

Now, if a sitting Republican Congressman defected to the Libertarian Party, that would be impressive. Well, sort of. He'd still caucus with the GOP.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
More Than A Feeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:52 PM
Response to Original message
5. Maybe he'll run for prez on the Libertarian ticket
That would be a nice FU to the party that has betrayed him. As an actual former officerholder, he might have more juice than the usual suspects third parties put up. Could steal enough votes from the R's to hobble them even further.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri Apr 25th 2014, 01:16 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC