Bob Barr is not so popular these days at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference as he was in the glory days of the impeachment of President Clinton.
From the Washington Post*:
“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.
The audience was, however, far more enthusiastic for Dick Cheney’s plans to use illegal surveillance as a campaign issue:
With an important election coming up, people need to know just how we view the most critical questions of national security.
That is today’s “conservative” movement: More comfortable with authoritarians like Cheney than with the real thing.
Then there is Viet Dinh:
The threat to Americans’ liberty today comes from al Qaeda and its associates and the people who would destroy America and her people, not the brave men and women who work to defend this country!
Al Qaeda cannot destroy “America and her people.” Only her people, and leaders her people refuse to check, can do that. Barr knows that, and as he left the event, he said:
I just told them what they need to know… It’s difficult… It’s not about sex, which was very easy to explain.
*h/t The Reaction.