The PJ Tatler

LOL: How Could a Libertarian Endorse Newt Gingrich?

The Daily Caller provides your morning laughter with a story yesterday further confirming the irrelevancy of 2008 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr:

Former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr supports Newt Gingrich’s campaign for president, and told The Daily Caller other libertarians should consider joining him.

Barr was elected to Congress in 1994 and worked alongside Gingrich as he became Speaker of the House. Barr left office in 2003 and in 2008 ran as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, receiving more than 500,000 votes nationwide.

Explaining his support for Gingrich, a politician not often considered a libertarian darling, Barr told The Daily Caller, “I’m very comfortable and happy supporting Newt,” adding, “it’s not to say that other candidates like Ron Paul don’t have very good ideas.”

The former congressman has served as a surrogate for Gingrich’s campaign, primarily reaching out to groups supportive of the Second Amendment. He said he has some policy differences with Gingrich, but finds his political track record reassuring.

“Of all of the Republican candidates, he is the one best equipped and with an actual track record of accomplishing important conservative and libertarian goals,” said Barr. “A track record to me is a much better indicator of where these candidates truly stand than what they may say.”

Come on. Barr might have a leg to stand on if Gary Johnson and Ron Paul weren’t options. And a reminder of the Speaker’s fringe views on medicinal marijuana. This isn’t actually a serious argument for Libertarians — more a cry for attention and a signal of a new direction.

What’s Barr up to? Is the former GOP insider growing tired of wandering the third party wilderness?