Greg Hoffman



Political rantings on Bob Barr and the Conventions

Did McCain's choice for VP sink any chance Bob Barr had at getting at least 15% percent of the presidential votes? I'm thinking it did.

Even though I like Bob personally and I'll still vote for him, it doesn't look good for the Libertarians. The true third party soldiers will vote for Bob, but the undecideds just decided. I'm sure of it.

You might not know this about me, but I was an accredited journalist at the 1996 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. My time in Chicago with the Democrats was miserable. Those people hated me because of who I worked for. In 1996, I was a political reporter for the Marietta Daily Journal, hometown paper for House Speaker Newt Gingrich. I followed Newt and his Congressional Step Brother, Rep. Bob Barr (R-Smyrna) everywhere they went. When they opened their mouths in 1995 and 1996, I reported about it. So when I was in Chicago with the Democrats, they treated me like crap, even though I was objective as possible when reporting. I didnt' like any part of that trip except seeing Christopher Reeve and Laurence Fishburne on stage. The Clinton's didn't impress me.

When I went to San Diego for the Republican Convention, I felt like a celebrity. Walking around with Newt, meeting Henry Kissinger and hob-knobbing with the Goober Smoochers. It was a fun time and everyone loved to be quoted in the hometown newspaper. The delegates were pleasant to be around. The best time was probably the private concert with Travis Tritt.

I have all the newspaper clippings from the conventions in storage. I was writing two stories a day, plus a column, which in today's world would have been my blog.

So anyway, good luck Bob Barr, you've come a long way in 12 years, but you have a long way to go.


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