The Ralph Nader of 2008?

Categories: Bob Barr

I suppose Ralph Nader is the Ralph Nader of 2008. He's running, remember?

Turns out the Republicans may have a Nader too. An AP report today examines the spoiler-potential of a Bob Barr candidacy.

Barr's Libertarian Party bid for the White House is the longest of long shots, but political experts say he may be able to exploit the unease some die-hard conservatives still feel about Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee-in-waiting. Combined with the surge in turnout among Democrats during the primaries and a difficult political climate for Republicans, they see what could be a recipe for trouble for the GOP.

"Bob could be the Ralph Nader of 2008," said Dan Schnur, a GOP consultant in California who worked on McCain's 2000 campaign but is not involved in this year's contest. Consumer advocate Nader is the third-party candidate many Democrats blame for helping George W. Bush narrowly win in 2000.

Rep. John Linder, a Republican who defeated Barr in 2002 after Georgia's Democratic-controlled Legislature redrew congressional boundaries to put the two lawmakers in the same district, said he didn't think Barr would top 4 percent of the vote.

"But in some states that may be enough," Linder said.

Barr, you might remember, was the first member of congress to call for Bill Clinton's resignation over Monica Lewinsky.

You might also remember him as the "party official from ruling regime"--interestingly, this clip didn;t make it onto Barr's official Liberty for America YouTube channel...

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