Verney Praises Bush’s Leadership

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David Franke, the editor of Third Party Watch and partner of TPW owner Richard Viguerie, has launched an attack on Barr campaign manager Russ Verney.

Russ Verney, Bob Barr’s campaign manager, just doesn’t get it. He persuaded his candidate to snub Ron Paul’s third-party press conference on Wednesday and hold his own press conference down the hall, where Barr criticized Paul’s effort. And when that released a torrent of criticism, Verney defended those actions on Thursday but used the occasion to shoot himself in his other foot. It being 9/11, Verney apparently felt compelled to be ecumenical toward national socialists, even while criticizing Paul’s ecumenical efforts with third parties:

In times of crisis, strength in leadership requires boldness of character, clear direction and firm resolve. As we witnessed after the attacks of September 11th, President George W. Bush showed incredible leadership as he stood atop a fire truck amidst the rubble of the twin towers to rally America.

President Bush used 9/11 as a pretext for gutting our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and for involving the U.S. in an unconstitutional war against a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11—and Russ Verney praises him for “incredible leadership” on 9/11?

Verney thinks the choreographed fire truck speech demonstrated “incredible leadership” in a time of crisis—but he forgets to mention President Bush’s incredible leadership in that Florida classroom as the events were actually taking place on 9/11.

I am assuming this is the first signal that Verney will be ousted to try to make up for the disaster of “snubgate.”

7:56 pm on September 12, 2008