Rep. Bob Barr, the Republican congressman who led the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, lost his primary today. It wasn’t even close. Because of redistricting, Barr was up against Rep. John Linder, whose style is somewhat more sedate. From a late Tuesday/early Wednesday NYTimes piece:
Mr. Linder, 59, a former dentist and business executive whose phlegmatic style was a sharp contrast to Mr. Barr’s sizzle, had, at times, made his steady demeanor an issue in the campaign. During one debate, Mr. Linder said to his opponent, “I will remind you that I am the one who has been married for 39 years to the same woman,” a subtle criticism of Mr. Barr, 53, who is in his third marriage.