Bob Barr, like that weird drunk uncle spouting off at family reunions, took to national television on Friday to confirm he's as much of a wingnut conservative as anyone else running for a U.S House seat that includes portions of metro Atlanta.
The former U.S. attorney and member of Congress took exception to MSNBC's Chuck Todd describing him as a “pro gay marriage, pro marijuana, pro impeachment Republican running for Congress in the south in the state of Georgia.”
Um no, Barr quickly injected, asserting that he's “pro Constitution” and someone who favors returning decisions to the states.
“I'm not a proponent of same-sex marriage, but I am a proponent of the people of the state making these decisions,” Barr said in the video clip above. (Which, incidentally, Georgia did in 2004, the second time it banned gay marriage.)
During his first stint in Congress, Barr authored the Defense of Marriage Act, but later thought better of portions of the 1996 law. Thankfully, the Supreme Court last year thought better of the entire law and dumped it. Still, Barr made clear on Friday that even if didn't support portions of the law he helped pass, let's not get all crazy and say he backs marriage equality.
Which is a good thing, if you're in the crowded GOP primary for the 11th District, which includes portions of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and northwest Atlanta, Marietta and Kennesaw, as well as all of Bartow and Cherokee counties. Barr is among the candidates who want to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who's seeking a Senate seat in a race with several candidates known for tossing anti-gay red meat to voters.
In Barr's race, the anti-gays are tripping over themselves to anoint state Sen. Barry Loudermilk the anti-gayist of them all. Barr showed Friday he'd like a shot at that title, too.