Could Bob Barr Matter?

Bob Barr is positioned to be a factor in the 2008 election, or so some say.  Welcome to our world, GOP. I don’t know how much a difference Barr will make come November but I know where he could buy space on some billboards.  We were in Central Florida just over a week ago. If you drew your conclusions just from what you saw in that particular spot you would have had to assume that Ron Paul was the runaway frontrunner. Huge billboards proclaiming his virtue were spaced along the main thoroughfare, mixed in with others that endorsed variously: Jesus, tourist attractions, medical centers and X-rated superstores.  Bob Barr would look just fine on the billboards previously occupied by Ron Paul.

McCain was represented on the roadside as well, but not in commercial space. There was a one-man grassroots effort going on every day. The one man in question looked like he’d taken a leave from his regular gig  as one of those “The End is Near” guys in a New Yorker cartoon. He was covered in hand lettered McCain signs.  The endorsement seemed sincere. It’s value is less clear. Other than that, the only signs I saw that an election was coming up were a couple of bumperstickers. Both of them were for Obama. So, I hope that Bob Barr puts some effort into Florida. There seems to be some opportunity for him there.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by raford on June 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I think Bob Barr will be a factor much like Nader was in 2000. He has a good argument to make that he is the only real conservative in the race and I think a lot of people who don’t trust McCain will vote for Barr.

    Also, since Barr is running as a Libertarian, his ballot access will be easier for Barr than it was for Nader, at least in states like Indiana, where the Libertarian party has automatic ballot access because of its past performance in the state.

    Go Bob, go!


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