Monday, May 12, 2008

Obama Gets His Third Party

St. Barack of Obama's prayers have been answered.

Bob Barr, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives from Georgia, has announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on the Libertarian Party ticket. Friends, unless St. Barack implodes, this sounds very much like curtains. Barr, if he can organize any kind of campaign at all, will bleed enough votes from McCain in close states to tip the election against the Republicans.
The odds are now very good that St. Barack of Obama is going to be the next President of the United States. The Republicans must now try to save enough Senate seats to preserve the ability to filibuster.
Many of our fellow citizens are, in all probability, now going to get the Change they claim they're begging for. Oh brother, are they ever ! I wonder if the dish will be to their liking ?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree.

Personally I prefer Mr.Barr's positions to Sen. McCain's on several issues. However after hearing the anti-McCain callers who all "suddenly" showed up on talk radio in the past couple of days, this whole thing sounds rather fishy to me. For one thing they ALL come back to immigration at some point in the call.

I suspect that this is largely the work of the same group that admired Tom Trancedo. (Though they no doubt have allies from the Ron Paul camp, and others.) The Trancedo people are energetic, organized, angry, loud, and to be honest, more than a few of them are out and out racists. However, as the primary vote totals show, there are very, very, very few of them.

As such, I think this will ultimately work to McCain's favor. As the results from the open Congressional seat races show ( GOP is O for 3!) the "Republcian Brand" is seriously damaged this year. The best argument the Democrats have (and you are already seeing it in commercials) is that McCain is "McSame", four more years of the same GOP that voters are fully disgusted with.

Having the self-appointed "real" Republicans attack McCain puts the lie to the "McSame" attack. As such it is a good thing, and the more media attention it generates, the better. I think their attacks will HELP McCain in his attempts to distance himself from the flawed "Republican Brand", show that he really is different, a reformer, and thus attract more moderate (especially Hispanic) voters than the attacks will cost him.

If I thought Mr. Barr would recieve more than a token number of votes, I would agree with you that this could be fatal to McCain. He needs every vote he can get in the swing states. However the primaries showed that the Trancedo Campaign and it's ilk "have no clothes". They are loud, they can generate phone calls to talk shows and Senators, but they CAN NOT TURN OUT VOTES. If they could, they wouldn't have been so badly crushed.

So I think this is a net win for the McCain Campaign.