Here's a very simple example: Bob Barr loses Texas lawsuit to knock McCain, Obama off the ballot The Texas Supreme Court, without comment, just denied Libertarian presidential candidates Bob Barr attempt to keep the names John McCain and Barack Obama off the states November ballot. Mr. Barr, a former GOP congressman from Georgia, had argued in legal briefs that both major parties had busted the states Aug. 26 deadline for certifying their presidential candidates as they would appear on the Texas ballot. Neither McCain nor Obama had been officially nominated by their party conventions by the deadline. And Sarah Palin hadnt even been added to the GOP ticket. But the Democratic and Republican state parties had filed official documents with the Secretary of State stating their presumed presidential candidates. The Democrats threw in Joe Bidens name and the Republicans said they would report back with the name of their vice presidential contender, which they did.