I'm not really sure how I feel about Bob Barr running for President. It doesn't have anything to do with Barr himself. There are a lot of different variables at play. For those who don't know who Bob Barr is, he is something that John McCain couldn't be on his best day, that is a staunch conservative. Bob is best known for leading the movement for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and he was also the person responsible for creating the Defense of Marriage Act
. The law enacted in 1996 which states that only marriages that are between a man and a woman can be federally recognized, and individual states may choose not to recognize a same-sex marriage performed in another state. I heard a conservative radio host today say that a vote for Barr is a "wasted vote". Frankly I believe if any true conservative says that voting for another conservative over a liberal moderate is a wasted vote, that so called conservative needs their head examined. A person like Barr should have been the Republican candidate instead of Juan McLame period. It's hard to predict if Barr's entrance in the race will cut into McCain's half hearted conservative support. The best way I can describe it is like this. It all comes down to who conservatives hate more between John McCain and Barack Obama. Some conservatives will vote for Barr on principal alone. A few months ago I was considering doing a write in vote, because at that time there was no way I going to vote for John McLame. Oddly enough if Obama wasn't going to be he Democrat nominee, I would entertain the thought of voting for Barr myself. Unfortunately it looks like I won't have that option. I believe that Barr has somewhat damaged his image by running on the Libertarian Ticket. He would have been better off running as an independent I believe. I know the McCain camp doesn't like the fact that Barr is in the race. This puts McCain in an odd situation. He's been so busy lately kissing the rear ends of environmental loon bats, he has angered conservatives that are barely supporting him as it is. So with that said, what can McCain possibly say to conservatives to stop them from jumping off the BS express to support Barr? In my opinion, McCain doesn't have a valid argument on why they should support him and not Barr besides the threat of Obama winning in November. Then again that might not be enough. There are conservatives that will compromise their principals for the sake of beating Obama, and then there are conservatives that will gladly lose as long as they stood on their principals doing so. As I said earlier, there is no easy answer to the variable of Bob Barr in the Presidential equation.