John: Perhaps his cameo in Borat went some way in preparing him. I did some tabling at county fairs for the New Hampshire LP several years ago and it always felt like I was being similarly set-up by my fellow volunteers: Oddball characters pushing you into strange, confrontational, sometimes quirkily hilarious conversations that arrived like a bolt from the blue. Borat chased people with chickens; libertarians chased people with copies of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz only to tell half of them to their face once the results were tallied that they were an authoritarian…an authoritarian in overalls and a straw hat to boot. This all 25 feet from where people were playing cow patty bingo.
Actually, those were some of the best times of my life. Seriously.
Personally, I think this was an extraordinarily brave and admirable move for Barr. Agree or disagree, he is taking against all odds action for something he believes knowing full well he will be ridiculed by past allies.
Also, Dave Weigel has a interview with Barr up today here.