Barr’s last minute appeal to conservatives:
“The wheels on the Straight Talk Express have come off,” says Barr, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president. “Sen. McCain will be spending the last two weeks before the election on his ‘farewell tour’ across America. Sen McCain’s mixed and angry message, as well as his support of big-spending policies, have killed any chance McCain may have had to win this election.”
Barr says this means Republican-leaning voters who are reluctant to vote for John McCain and his big government record, “can feel comfortable knowing that their vote for Bob Barr will be a vote for smaller government, less spending and lower taxes.”
“Now, principled conservatives can vote their conscience instead of voting for a faux-conservative just because he carries the Republican label,” explains Barr. “Small ‘L’ libertarians don’t have to vote defensively for the lesser of two evils because it is clear that McCain no longer has any realistic chance to win the election.”
“A vote for John McCain is a wasted vote,” says Barr.
Barr says Sen. McCain “never appealed to the fiscal conservatives because of his record of increasing the size and power of government. John McCain’s refusal to stand up against the bailout tore the wheels right off the so-called ‘Straight Talk Express’ bus!”
“If you want your vote to count, and go towards a leader dedicated to lowering taxes, cutting spending, and drastically reducing the size of government, then you still have a choice in 2008. That choice is Bob Barr,” says Barr.
It’s a pretty pathetic attempt at making his case in my opinion. He has a ton of material to work with but instead of encouraging conservatives to join the libertarians in a positive reform movement he takes the low road and takes cheap (although mostly accurate) shots at McCain. It isn’t inspiring or engaging. It sort of makes him look like a dick really. Barr doesn’t stand a chance but he needs to re-tool (no pun intended) his message if he wants to pull a few more of those uncommitted or disgruntled voters.