There has been a fascinating development along Libertarian lines these past few weeks. Evidently Richard Viguerie, the “conservative” version of a snake-oil salesman had decided to take over the Libertarian Party to help his pal Bob Barr run for POTUS. Neal Bortz is in on this along with the dynamic duo.
We know Viguerie wishes to do harm to John McCain. Just what this tremendous trio is planning is quite obvious. They are going to attempt to prevent John McCain from winning the election. I have a feeling we are going to see an unholy alliance of the various “Christian” conservative leaders like James Dobson. There are rumors that Barr doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance and will go the way of Alan Keyes. It is all very interesting, rather shady, and they are very much up to no good.
There’s one other little problem here. Viguerie is owned by Sun Myung Moon. Robert Stacy McCain has been known to be a Moon flunkie. Is this Sun Myung Moon’s way of trying to buy a political party? We all know Moon does not like John McCain. Neither does John Tanton. A few of us have been waiting to see when they would show their hands. Is this it?
This is all about keeping John McCain from winning the White House. Have no doubts about it. He is the multi-millionarie talking radio head’s worst nightmare. Their era is over. It has just dawned on me that these people are not about conservative values. They aren’t about “saving” America. They are all about padding their own bank accounts and keeping themselves in power. That’s all it is. If John McCain wins, they lose.
This is going to be very nasty. We’re basically dealing with a group of “conservatives who would rather see Barack Obama win than John McCain. Then they can teach any Republian who dares to step out of line a lesson. You pander to us or kiss your political career good-bye.
Everyone is so busy crowing Bob Barr as the Libertarian nominee for POTUS, they are forgetting one little thing. I’ve been hearing rumors that Barr may not be able to pull off the nomination. He could also be in a little bit of fundraising trouble. Don’t think Barr is going to have an easy time of getting the nomination. There are something like 14 candidates all trying for the gold.
As Jeff Worbel writes,
This presents a fertile environment for more famous candidates who want to take over the reigns of the Ron Paul Revolution. Twelve standard-bearer Libertarian presidential candidates have recently been upstaged by newly declared libertarians, but more famous candidates, Bob Barr and Mike Gravel. Even Jesse Ventura has mentioned the possibility of running as the LP candidate, though he has made no official declaration.
Much of the media seem to presume that Bob Barr will easily win the nomination for the Libertarian Party and have already discussed the possibility of Barr siphoning off votes from John McCain. At the end of this weekend, the media may be shocked to discover that the Libertarian Party rejected Barr as their nominee. While Barr has recently apparently wholly accepted the libertarian philosophy, many long time Libertarians are going to find it hard to look past Barr’s record as a leading drug warrior and his unconstitutional abdication of congressional responsibility in his vote to give President Bush authorization to use force. Most libertarians consider these acts to have caused irreparable harm to the country’s freedom and its reputation, not to mention the resultant horrors of war.
The Libertarian Party has on average the most highly educated membership of any party. Considering this, plus their long-standing refusal to sacrifice their principles for the sake of winning elections, it is unlikely that they will be fooled into nominating Bob Barr as their representative….”
There are any number of rumors circulating around Bob Barr and his actual intentions. The most interesting is that Bob Barr and Richard Viguerie are in it together, and that Viguerie is planning on taking over the Libertarian Party. What’s up and what does Robert Stacy McCain have to do with it?
Clearly, Barr and Viguerie are attempting to gain control of the LP so that Barr can campaign on a conservative/libertarian hybrid platform and Viguerie can extend his fundraising empire into the libertarian quadrant of the political universe. If they succeed, the Libertarian Party will become just one more mouthpiece for malcontent Republicans….”
The LP’s former Executive Director, Shane Cory, used the national office to release without authorization a statement that many considered to be openly hostile to candidate Mary Ruwart. He then resigned and has since accepted a position within Viguerie’s organization. (The unauthorized press release appears to have been taken down, but here’s the text.) Sunday, it was announced that Mr. Viguerie has purchased the popular blog Third Party Watch, which until now has been a largely unmoderated site where proponents and opponents of all third party candidates could freely express their views.
Monday morning, longtime libertarian activist and Third Party Watch contributor Tom Knapp attempted to post a piece about a highly critical story appearing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Bob Barr’s fundraising practices. Within minutes, his piece was deleted and his previous posting privileges on the site were revoked. Clearly, Barr and Viguerie are attempting to gain control of the LP so that Barr can campaign on a conservative/libertarian hybrid platform and Viguerie can extend his fundraising empire into the libertarian quadrant of the political universe. If they succeed, the Libertarian Party will become just one more mouthpiece for malcontent Republicans…”
Evidently Viguerie has basically taken over the Libertarian Party, assisted by Bob Barr and Neal Bortz.