Two thoughts about Bob Barr, one of the figures discussed — and one of the audience members in attendance – at our historic Debate at Lolita Bar last night:
1. A recent Rasmussen poll puts him at 6% already — even though only about a third of the population have heard of him, which in a way makes the 6% even more impressive.
2. He looks vaguely like someone else in disguise — or like I’ve seen some movie with a German spy character or amiable country doctor that resembles him or something…or maybe an amiable country doctor who is actually a German spy. Can’t quite put my finger on it.
P.S. I’m told he was involved with the CIA in some capacity, so he may simply be one of those “grey men” Robert Ludlow writes about who seem to blend in too easily to be real — but I’ll probably be voting for him in November nonetheless, and he seems to me like a genuine convert to the cause, as we all were at some point, except for the rare few who were born this way. I won’t hold earlier DOMA-promotion and drug-warring against him, just as I wouldn’t have wanted anyone back in 1991 to doubt my libertarian credentials because I’d been pro-drug-war (out of a desire to combat reason-warping mental degeneration) four years earlier in high school.
P.P.S. I loaned him my copy of the July Reason to read on the plane back home — having brought it mainly as a prop to wave around while telling the audience that next time we’ll have a panel of women who’ve sold their eggs, including Reason editor Kerry Howley — so join us July 22.