Posted: 2:56 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Bob Barr to Barry Loudermilk: ‘You rascal, you whupped me.’ 

By Greg Bluestein

The following dispatch comes from our AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon:

It didn’t take long for future congressman Barry Loudermilk and former congressman Bob Barr to chat as returns in their runoff race started rolling in. Loudermilk handily defeated the ex-congressman to win his party’s nod for the 11th District.

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Bob Barr, who gave a colorful concession call to Barry Loudermilk on Election Night. AJC file.

Bob Barr, who gave a colorful concession on Election Night. AJC file

“You rascal, you whupped me,” was Loudermilk’s recollection of Barr’s opening line during what he described as a short and cordial conversation.

“If I put myself in his shoes,” Loudermilk said. “I don’t know what I would say other than just, ‘Hey, congratulations, you won.’ But I do appreciate him calling because in the primary I only received one phone call. So I appreciate him doing that.”

Barr, for his part, pledged to offer his aid to the former state senator, who faces no Democrat opponent and is soon headed to Washington. The former four-term congressman and ex-Libertarian presidential candidate also said he doesn’t intend to run for public office again.

“I have absolutely no plans in that regard, whatsoever,” he said.

Did he at least have some fun getting back on the campaign trail this year?

“It was very enjoyable,” he said. “I met a lot of new people and reconnected with a lot of folks I had worked with over the years in the Republican Party.”
 

24 comments
hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The people who vote in the tiny little party primaries, are the red meat folks. Pragmatism is viewed as weakness. For all his hyperbole, the outcome in this election shows Barr was the most pragmatic of the two. Give it a few years, but look for the winner to be answering the same kinds of questions Sam Brownback is having to answer in the plunging state of Kansas.

Tincup
Tincup

. . . . whupped him like a rented mule!

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Sorry Bob, this was a race for the King of the Crazies, and you came in 2nd!

JAWJA
JAWJA

Not a fan of Loudermilk, but, I have never forgotten the likes of Barr, Newt, Hastert, miscreants all, toting those impeachment papers to the US Senate. Glad to hear bob won't be running again. If he does, may he be whupped as badly as in this election.

Ultraman8
Ultraman8

no more democrats- only Tax hiking liberal communists!

DohBee
DohBee

Has Barr had lip-reduction surgery?


STHornet1990
STHornet1990

I'm not so sure Bob is done. He's still breathing so he may once again feel "compelled" to get trounced. If nothing else it gives him the chance to say "IMPEACH!" one more time.

honested
honested

Why do the people in the 10th and 11th Georgia House Districts refuse to elect legitimate representation to Congress?

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

This was the first race called on election night.

There was a line from a TV show a few yrs back when the losing candidate said, "I didn't mind the concession call so much, I just did not expect to make it at noon. Ah well, gave me time to go pick up my dry-cleaning."


Just how nutsy-cuckoo are the folks in the 11th where Bob Barr was deemed insufficiently cray-cray by a near 3:1 margin?


JackClemens
JackClemens

By writing "no Democrat opponent," aren't you using a partisan playbook? Unintentional, I know, but I'm a Republican and I hate the refusal to use the term Democratic where it applies appropriately to the opposition as a childish insult to them. I respect the opposition and am voting for one of them in November..

RadicalRuralDem
RadicalRuralDem

@Ultraman8 And damn proud of it, reactionary beer-bellied bubba cretin.

honested
honested

@Ultraman8 

Quick question?

What did those you assail have to do with the worst economic disaster in the last half centurty (the Bush Depression of 2008)??

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@STHornet1990 

I dunno.  The John Holmes mustache is pretty creepy.

It's pretty easy to imagine him taking the oath of office in a polyester leisure suit.


I think he'll need to get connected with Mr Norelco before running again.

northernneighbor
northernneighbor

@honested What do you mean by legitimate representation? Maybe you meant to use a different term.  Loudermilk is a resident of his district and meets all the constitutional requirements.  I think you were trying to make an insult but failed.

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@JackClemens 

dem·o·crat·ic [dem-uh-krat-ik] Show IPA adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy. 2. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment. 3. advocating or upholding democracy. 

So technically parties other than the Democrat Party can be considered democratic.  That's the problem with using that term.

honested
honested

@northernneighbor @honested 

Someone capable of identifying problems and developing solutions through discussion and compromise.

All barry will be is another proponent of providing Citizenship to cell clusters and other off-the-charts lunacy.

Not that it would be any different from his predecessor, but it would be nice if fewer Georgia Congressional representatives didn't create eye-rolls and snickers with the mention of their name.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@NorthAtlanta @JackClemens "Democrat" is a noun, North. So when you say Democrat Party, you're trying to modify a noun with another noun.

I know cons think you're being clever when you say that, but all you're doing is proving your ignorance of proper English grammar.

NWGAL
NWGAL

That is why the Democratic Party is spelled with a capital letter because it is a name. So Democratic candidates and Republican candidates can believe in democratic principles. Saying Democrat candidates is akin to saying Republic candidates.

BehindEnemyLines
BehindEnemyLines

Last thing I want to see is someone compromising with the greatest enemy the nation faces, namely the lunatic left.  What I want in a representative is someone who offers them no quarter and I'll cast no ballot for anyone who intends to.   One does not negotiate with rattlesnakes.

NorthAtlanta
NorthAtlanta

@CherokeeCounty @NorthAtlanta @JackClemens 

You're welcome to take that up with the folks that wrote the dictionary.  I would put my knowledge of English grammar up with the best of you, and I'm seriously not worried about what you think of it.

honested
honested

@BehindEnemyLines 

Hi there!

As a member of the 'Patriotic Left' when will you take over my share of MIC contributions?

I would really prefer to put my money to work FOR AMERICANS rather than lining the pockets of a few Americans who generate new enemies daily!!

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

@NorthAtlanta "folks that wrote"? You might want to reconsider that challenge until you learn about relative pronouns. But, you do make a good point about democracy -- that is, a problem with it is that it tempts some to deem their ignorance to be just as good as the knowledge of others.