I got the standard daily fundraising email from the Barr campaign today, in which Russ Verney first whined about the judge keeping Bob Barr out of last night's joint appearance by Barack Obama and John McCain, and then (naturally) got around to asking me for more money.
Supposedly to get Barr into the big Presidential debates, but let's get down to cases:
Call me a bit grumpy over the matter, but I think it's time that we break that winning streak by getting Bob Barr into the national debates.
I don't think that I stand alone on this issue.
As a matter of fact, I know that I'm not alone. You agree with me and that's a good start, but a report that I read late Friday night led me to believe that we can do a bit better.
According to the polling firm, Zogby International, a MAJORITY of Americans want Bob Barr included in the national debates!
The poll showed that 55% of likely voters want Bob Barr included in the debates. Of the respondents, 69% of independents felt that Bob Barr deserves a place in the debate, while 52% of Democrats and even 50% of Republicans agreed.
You, me, and a majority of Americans want Bob Barr taking the stage next month with John McCain and Barack Obama.
You, me, and a majority of Americans . . . that's not too bad now is it?
Steve we can make this happen.
I need your aggressive support from now until Election Day.
I need your contributions - as much as you can give.
I need you to spread the word far-and-wide about our candidate.
Finally, our nation - and especially the national media - needs to witness an avalanche of support made possible by a dedicated group of Americans who truly love liberty and will fight to get it back.
Steve we will make this happen.
Only a few short weeks remain until the Commission on Presidential Debates begins their "selection process" for candidates.
Donate, Spread the Word, Make Noise. Do not wait for orders from headquarters.
I appreciate your support.
So here's my reply to Russ:
You probably need to purge your email list, since I publicly dropped support of your candidate weeks ago.
Because Bob Barr's PAC donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates who had Libertarian opponents, while he was a member of the Libertarian National Committee.
Because Bob Barr's position on the DOMA is that it's OK for the States to deprive American citizens of their rights based on sexual orientation.
Because Bob Barr hasn't shown the slightest concern for down-ticket Libertarian candidates.
Because the Barr campaign's approach to ballot access has been one of the least effective in recent memory.
Because Bob Barr's financial reports are riddled with air conditioning systems and payments to consultants who just happen to be family, friends, and former LP employees...
Russ, the fact of the matter is that your candidate hasn't met the necessary standard for my financial or personal support, and has become an embarrassment to many Libertarians nationwide.
And as for the little matter of orders from headquarters, just the fact that you'd include that phrase in a fundraising email to Libertarians suggests that you don't have the slightest clue about the ideology your candidate supposedly represents.
Sorry, Russ: no sale.
Steve Newton, Publisher