Bob Barr is in...
So what will it take for Bob Barr to capture my vote?
There are two situations that will allow me to vote for him with a clean conscience:
The first is he will have to run an effective campaign and polls should show that he is a viable candidate. From what I have seen of his platform, he is sufficiently different then the other three people running to actually give people a choice. If Juan McCain keeps sliding to the left, then this will also help him out, as conservatives are not happy with the way the Republican Party is heading. Republican supporters are already complaining that he going to be another Ross Perot and that Barr didnít learn anything from that. Maybe the Republican Party should look at that lesson and learn something instead.
The other way he will get my vote is if it looks like the democrat is going to win by a comfortable margin. Might as well make it a landslide at that point, might force the Republican party to reexamine their goals. The Republican Party has drifted so far away from my ideals in the last 10 years that I donít feel like I owe them anything. For them to get my support, they need to support our beliefs.