While it appears everyone is talking about Ann Coulter’s idiotic remarks at CPAC (“I think our motto should be post-9-11, ‘raghead talks tough, raghead faces consequences.'” and she is being met with loud condemnations from the right wing of the blogosphere), few are discussing the presence of Bob Barr:
You’ve heard of bear baiting? We’re going to have, today, Barr baiting,” R. Emmet Tyrell, a conservative publisher, announced as he introduced a debate Thursday between Barr and Viet Dinh, one of the authors of the USA Patriot Act.
“Are we losing our lodestar, which is the Bill of Rights?” Barr beseeched the several hundred conservatives at the Omni Shoreham in Woodley Park. “Are we in danger of putting allegiance to party ahead of allegiance to principle?”
Barr answered in the affirmative. “Do we truly remain a society that believes that . . . every president must abide by the law of this country?” he posed. “I, as a conservative, say yes. I hope you as conservatives say yes.”
But nobody said anything in the deathly quiet audience. Barr merited only polite applause when he finished, and one man, Richard Sorcinelli, booed him loudly. “I can’t believe I’m in a conservative hall listening to him say [Bush] is off course trying to defend the United States,” Sorcinelli fumed.
Barr, out of office, has really turned out to be one of the most interesting Republicans out there.