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Monday, May 26, 2008

Bob Barr Is The Libertarian Party Nominee

The former Georgia Republican congressman has won the nod to be the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential candidate. It was close; Barr didn't get it until the sixth round of balloting. Quite a few in the party looked on him as an interloper and tilted towards more purist candidates. But he convinced enough of the party regulars that his conversion was sincere and scratched out a victory.

This is bad news for John McCain and the Republican Party. Barr has indicated he'll pitch himself to disaffected GOP voters. Reporters are already writing their "It's just like Nader in 2000" stories.

It also spells the end of the political ambitions of Mike Gravel, the former Alaskan senator and batshit insane 2008 Democratic presidential hopeful. After losing out there he switched parties and made a bid for the LP, thus becoming a two-time loser:

"I just ended my political career," he said. "From 15 years old to now, my political career is over, and it's no big deal. I'm a writer, I'm a lecturer, I'm going to push the issues of freedom and liberty. I'm going to push those issues until the day I die."

Gravel left the Democratic Party after he was excluded from some Democratic debates because he failed to meet fundraising or polling thresholds. He said the Democratic Party no longer represented his values because it continues to sustain Iraq war, the military-industrial complex and imperialism.

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