I didn’t attend the press conference(s) today, but I’ve read reports from a variety of sources (with varying points of view). Here are some random observations:
- Did the McCain campaign really think that having Phil Gramm ask Ron Paul to endorse McCain was a good idea? (From what I can gather it was the dirty tactics by Republicans in favor of Graham over Dr. Paul, when they both ran for the same Senate seat from Texas in 1984, that was a significant factor in Ron Paul running for President as a Libertarian in 1988.)
- Bob Barr’s campaign did itself a great disservice today.
- Because of the Barr campaign’s last minute pullout, the point of the “We Agree” statement will be missed. That point, in my view, is that there are four fundamental principles that most Americans agree on, but the the two major candidates we have to choose from largely or completely reject.
- The big winner today was the Baldwin campaign.
- I was surprised that Nader and McKinney signed on to the statement, but I’m pleased that they did.
- I am always skeptical of “strange-bedfellows”projects for the reason that Richard Spencer aptly points out: “in all these Left-Right, “strange-bedfellows” coalitions, the Left always ends up on top.”
- If Bob Barr was willing to offer Ron Paul his VP slot, why not offer him the top of the ticket? (Barr could then take the VP slot.)