Clinton foe joins Libertarians

Even as the Libertarians–at least those at the Cato Institute–cozy up with the Democrats, former Representive Bob Barr, who helped manage the impeachment case against then-President (and Democrat) Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky affair, has left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarians, of course, should be of a mind that a blow job is a private matter involving Clinton, his wife, and Lewinsky. They seemed most offended that Clinton had “perjured” himself and “obstructed justice,” even though, as they should well appreciate, the definition of sexual contact in the case–agreed by all the lawyers–was so restrictive as to exclude oral sex. Clinton erred in using this definition with the public, but while statements to investigators can constitute obstruction of justice, and false statements made under oath can constitute perjury, public statements can not.

Barr will undoubtedly be entirely comfortable with Libertarians’ antipathy towards Clinton. But Barr cited other reasons:

“It’s something that’s been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the [Republican] party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties,” said Barr, 58, a lawyer and consultant living in Atlanta. “In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots … I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party.”

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