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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:15 PM
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Bob Barr: GOP in ‘very deep trouble’
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Bob Barr: GOP in ‘very deep trouble’
Posted: 01:52 PM ET

From CNN.com's Kristi Keck


(CNN) — Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr said Saturday it’s hard to “overestimate the damage” that’s been inflicted on the Republican Party — not only with this week's defection of Sen. Arlen Specter, but also the “lack of any coherent philosophy, vision or leadership.”

“The Republican Party is in very deep trouble right now,” Barr said in an interview with CNN.

Barr, who was once a loyal soldier in the GOP, joined the Libertarian Party in 2006 and was the party’s presidential candidate in 2008.

The ex-Republican said he doesn’t feel like he relates to Specter's reasons for switching to the Democratic Party. “Where I came from there really was a philosophical basis for leaving the Republican Party,” Barr said.

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Barr added that Specter’s decision is “just another sign that the Republican Party nationally lacks any semblance of leadership.” Democrats, he said, also don’t have a coherent agenda, but they have “something that Republicans absolutely lack.”

“They have a charismatic leader and they have party discipline. The Republican Party has none of that,” he said.

Asked if he ever considered returning to the GOP, Barr said, “That would make no sense as all, either from a philosophical standpoint or from the standpoint of wanting to join a party that knows what it’s all about.”

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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:18 PM
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1. The Democratic Party also has what the Republican Party doesn't: Majority stances on issues
This is a pro-choice country. This is a country that wants environmental regulations. This is a country that wants well-funded schools. ... etc.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:28 PM
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2. Isn't it funny?
The Republicans used to be the guys with party discipline that the Dems envied. You know--they chose a message and they stayed on it.

How funny to see them flopping all around like choking fish.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:54 PM
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6. It's all those community organizers that Palin scoffed at.
Who's scoffing now?
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samplegirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:30 PM
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3. Just waiting on Olympia Snow to
follow.
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Optical.Catalyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:32 PM
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4. damage that’s been inflicted on the Republican Party ???
I would call it the Death Blow

The coup de grace

The terminus

End of the road

The Clincher
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 03:33 PM
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5. Michael Steele as RNC Chair was like tying a boulder to the Repub Party balloon...
... he is dragging them down further every day.
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:09 PM
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7. “overestimate the damage that’s been inflicted on the Republican Party"?
How about by the republican party?
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