After endorsing Wayne Allen Root for his running mate, Bob Barr fought off a tough challenge from the absolutist/radical/anarchist wing in the form of party activist Mary Rewart to win the 2008 Libertarian Party Presidential Nomination. Barr’s support in Georgia coupled with Root’s name recognition in Nevada could turn two red states blue come November.
But the real winners are those that have argued and fought for a more mainstream, pragmatic approach to libertarian politics. The nomination of Barr coupled with a new, slimmed down and more realistic platform indicate that the party may be ready to move from a debating society to an actual player in the national debate. Congratulations to Bob Barr, the Libertarian Reform Caucus, and the the Libertarian Party. Now please save us from John McCain.