Ernie Hancock reports:
Bob Barr’s conversion to libertarianism was deliberate, planned and staged from the beginning. As a talk show host and as a producer I witnessed first-hand the marketing of his break with the Republican Party after his congressional defeat in the Republican Primary of 2002. Barr’s defeat was part of a campaign by the LP to target ‘Drug Warriors’
The power of the LP was felt. Over the next few years we would see a campaign that had ex-Congressman Barr associated with the word “libertarian” more than you would expect. Barr is a former employee of the CIA, a well known Drug Warrior Prosecutor that turned Congressman to later vote for the PATRIOT Act. Barr also wanted the Federal Government to determine the structure of families with the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’.
Raised eyebrows from libertarians after Barr’s quick conversion were common.
Often we would inquire as to what was the “road to Damascus” moment, the epiphany, the enlightenment that prompted him to participate in a strained effort to bend/break rules that would eventually place him on the Libertarian National Committee in 2006.
Without having made any attempt at even emotional reparations for the damage caused, Bob Barr was now deep in the heart of the very organization that caused him to lose his seat in Washington, D.C.
Makes you go,… Hummmmmmmm.
Very curious indeed.
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