By Nathan Wilson
Generally I have a little more respect for Libertarians than I do for Republicans. Mainly because they are the only conservative base that will openly embrace marriage equality.
I was living in Atlanta in 2004 and was taken off guard when I learned that Barr had abandoned the Republican Party and endorsed the Libertarian candidate at the time.
After all, this was the man who authored and sponsored The Defense of Marriage Act then later apologized for it at the 2008 Libertarian National Convention where he ran an unsuccessful bid for President.
Not only did he do a complete turn around with marriage equality by abandoning DOMA for the Respect for Marriage Act. He also adopted a more relaxed view of medical marijuana and was hired in 2009 as a lobbyist for MPP to overturn a bill he authored.
So he continues this love-hate relationship with the Republican Party for a few years then in 2012 dumps the Libertarians for his old friend The GOP. I assume only because he realized there was no way he would ever get elected again on this third-party ticket in Georgia. So to reestablish his loyalty to the GOP he endorses Newt Gingrich for President and calls for other Libertarians to deflect and support Newt and not the more favorable candidate, Ron Paul.
Clearly he is a career politician and only supported Newt because they are both from Georgia and is obviously considering another bid for Congress.