Haley Barbour clarifies comments on civil rights era

posted at 4:20 pm on December 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Too late?

When asked why my hometown in Mississippi did not suffer the same racial violence when I was a young man that accompanied other towns’ integration efforts, I accurately said the community leadership wouldn’t tolerate it and helped prevent violence there. My point was my town rejected the Ku Klux Klan, but nobody should construe that to mean I think the town leadership were saints, either. Their vehicle, called the ‘Citizens Council,’ is totally indefensible, as is segregation. It was a difficult and painful era for Mississippi, the rest of the country, and especially African Americans who were persecuted in that time.

To answer a question raised in yesterday’s post, yeah, it looks like the local branch of the Citizens Council in Barbour’s hometown was as bad as all the rest. According to author John Dittmer, as quoted in Michelle Goldberg’s piece for the Daily Beast, “The Yazoo City chapter of the Citizens Council went on record opposing the Klan, adding that ‘your Citizens Council was formed to preserve the separation of the races, and believes that it can best serve the county where it is the only organization operating in this field.’” This isn’t the first time that Barbour’s glossed over the nastier aspects of civil-rights-era Mississippi, either: Geraghty ticks off a number of examples and notes a comment he allegedly made in the early 80s in front of a Times reporter about blacks and watermelon. There was no direct quote of what he said provided in the Times piece, an omission that makes even lefty Greg Sargent reluctant to use it against Barbour, but I’ve got a funny hunch that any similar misgivings by the left and the media will suddenly evaporate if he ends up winning the nomination and squares off against The One.

So, case closed on Barbour and race? Not quite. Majority in Mississippi has the transcript of the speech he gave in 2004 in Philadelphia on the 40th anniversary of the famous murders of three civil rights workers. Key quote:

We know that when evil is done it is a complicit sin to ignore it, to pretend it didn’t happen even if it happened 40 years ago. You have to face up to your problems before you can solve them…

The fact that our state has made as much or more progress in race relations than others is praise worthy but it doesn’t mean that we should or can forget the reprehensible murders that ultimately led to our being brought here together today…

Yes, our state of Mississippi is a wonderful place and our nation as great as ever but we are not perfect. We are sinners, one and all and evil can still raise it heinous head.

By remembering this 40-year-old evil and considering today’s evil of fanatical Islamic terrorism we recommit ourselves to fighting and defeating the extreme hateful intolerance in both these evils.

Powerful words, but sure to be dismissed by Barbour’s enemies as less revealing than his off-the-cuff remarks about the era to reporters. (Ironically, Chris Cillizza speculates that it’s because Barbour has such a famously good relationship with the press that he tends to let his guard down around them even when broaching a subject as dangerous as this. If he thinks being a media darling will help him against Obama, I encourage him to talk to John McCain posthaste.) Yesterday I compared him to Mitch Daniels in his odd willingness to tap dance on political landmines, but the more I think about it, the more I think he’ll end up having the same problem as Palin among undecided primary voters — namely, the electability issue. If we roll the dice on Barbour, this will be a major theme of Campaign 2012, fairly or not. The left will pound it at every opportunity to steer the conversation away from Obama’s record, and our studiously “above the fray” president will make sure that his surrogates bring it up at every opportunity. The question is (a) whether deep down Barbour really is the man who gave that speech in Philadelphia and, assuming he is, (b) whether he’s such a singularly talented executive and fundraiser among the GOP field that it’s worth taking on the extra baggage to nominate him. I give him the benefit of the doubt on the first point but I’m not sure about the second. Barbour fans are invited to make the case in the comments. Geraghty, at least, now seems to believe that he’s unelectable.

Exit question: Would a “speech on race” help limit the damage from this? Politico suggests that he and his staff are thinking about doing one sometime before May, but nothing’s definite.


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Exit question: Would a “speech on race” help limit the damage from this? Politico suggests that he and his staff are thinking about doing one sometime before May, but nothing’s definite.

Um, how about no…

Barbour never had a shot… he needs to climb down.

ninjapirate on December 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM

He should just present Obama’s same speech on race, word for word.

catmman on December 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I guess we will be seeing a beer summit soon?..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Doesn’t matter how many ‘mea culpa’ Haley issues, or how many times he clarifies what he said, which incidentally wasn’t racist, the leftist libtards and their cohorts in the media are not going to let up, because he is conservative.

Gothguy on December 21, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Exit question: Would a “speech on race” help limit the damage from this? Politico suggests that he and his staff are thinking about doing one sometime before May, but nothing’s definite.

Strategically speaking, Barbour’s best bet would be to throw his “typical white” grandmother under a busload of Capitol Hill reporters.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Ah Haley, we hardly knew ye. We couldn’t understand when you talked anyway … enjoy your NASCAR and whatever else you southern governors do …

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I would like to see him run!..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I’ve got an idea. Let’s have all of the folks thinking about running for POTUS go from state to state, meeting people – make it kind of like a contest. They could gather together every so often and discuss issues. We can call those “debates” and we can call our contest a “Primary”.

sleepy-beans on December 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Does it hurt when you try to think?

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

the more I think about it, the more I think he’ll end up having the same problem as Palin among undecided primary voters — namely, the electability issue.

Won’t matter in the primary. Romney’s tanking and if Huck doesn’t run, she all but has it wrapped up if she runs. Now the general is a different matter, but still think Barbour would fare far worse than her against Obama due to the race issue. Race is the single worst issue that the media will pounce on and Palin’s perceived general election weaknesses pale in comparison.

davek70 on December 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

The fact that we must even deal with this liberal crap exemplifies the extent of the sickness in this declining society.

rplat on December 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

The media, and the left has been so relentless for so long that the damage is done. It can’t or won’t be undone for multiple generations, until after the media changes it’s philosophical and ideological alignment.

How long ago was Senator Joe McCarthy discredited? White Republicans will be smeared with the racist mud for another one or two hundred years.

Skandia Recluse on December 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Do you think he is going to run?..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

AP’s moonlighting for the NAACP, yet again looking under every bed to ferret out RAAAAAA-CISTS!!!

whatcat on December 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I kind of doubt it. But the usual suspects are already trying to discredit him anyway. Why it’s almost like they are trying to choose the Republican candidates. Now, they wouldn’t do that, would they?/

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I like — or liked — Barbour, despite his Mississippi problem of the state being last in almost every good category. However, I can’t stand whitewashed history. The Citizens Councils were and still are awful white supremacist organizations. For Barbour to take their side…I’m speechless.

AngusMc on December 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I was hoping that he would..we will see I guess!..:)

PS..LOL!..Noooo the MSM would never pick the Republican candidate!..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Why is he even keeping this dead horse alive? Good lord when will our side learn to just ignore stuff like this?

SouthernGent on December 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Barbour was never going to connect with the general voting public in 2012.Rightly or wrongly, too many people would be put off by the persona- even before the incredibly stupid (politically )revisiting of the past in Mississippi.
Much like Palin, there are enough stylistic problems to put him at a severe disadvantage against Dear Leader and the media smear machine.
You can’t have a nominee that likely loses 10% of the voting population for reasons other than policy.

jjshaka on December 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM
Does it hurt when you try to think?
kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

“monkei’ is a dinosaur troll that used to take a crap in various sites years ago.It is the classic troll personality-reflexive, mindless contrarianism coupled with sarcastic insults with the intention of getting attention.
A poor soul displaying the typical , perpetual adolescent profile of leftism.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

The Citizens Councils in the South during that era were awful, just awful. Sure, some were “less awful” than others. But they were all dedicated to keeping Jim Crow segregation intact. Segregation mandated by the state government.

That Barbour praised his hometown’s own Council without noting that there were still promoters of racism and segregation and that others in the state were not as “good” as his own was a terrible misjudgment.

He’s corrected that and deserves praise.

But his initial comments were, let us say, not good.

SteveMG on December 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Thanks for the info, Doc. He was the first Troll to greet me here when I came aboard right before the last Presidential election.

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Any Republican that just looks like they are going to run for POTUS in 2012 are going to get the Palin treatment from the media.

This flap with Haley Barbour is just a preview. Get used to it.

Moesart on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

White America just voted a Black man into the Presidency.

We are a Post Racial nation.

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Exit question: Would a “speech on race” help limit the damage from this? Politico suggests that he and his staff are thinking about doing one sometime before May, but nothing’s definite.

If you saw today’s ‘Morning Joe’ you would have seen Haley’s one true advantage — the media loves this guy enough to give him the benefit of the doubt and to soft-shoe the criticism. It was stunning really. Because of that, Barbour might have a chance to make a race speech work. However, my advice would be that every moment he spends talking about race in any capacity hurts him and helps his opposition.

So, I would suggest no speech. I would also suggest not running for president — I’m not convinced that there isn’t more race stuff out there that Barbour can be hit with.

Robert_Paulson on December 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Lemme guess, we’re going to hear about Barbour’s typical black grandmother?

Alden Pyle on December 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Barbour is finished as a presidential candidate. The media will NEVER let him get past this statement and every black voter will line up en masse to oppose “the KKK guy.” Barbour cannot get past this. He’s done.

Warner Todd Huston on December 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Too late for conservative blogs like Geraghty, AoS, Hot Air etc to not come across as weak willed cowards who buckle at the first punch from dems and the media? Yeah, pretty much.

clearbluesky on December 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

No matter how capable he is, he was always going to crash and burn as soon as the Dems ran the commercial “Vote for Haley Barbour and bring Mississippi to the rest of the Nation”. Now with this racial stuff, rightly or wrongly that’s even more of a millstone.

jnelchef on December 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

This is why SARAH PALIN is the only answer… the media has used up all their ammo on her. The campaign in 2012 between Palin and Obama will be epic to watch the destruction of Obama by a fighter.

picklesgap on December 21, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Barbour supporting “citizens councils” = IDIOT!

I would not vote for this man. ANyone who has spent any time growing up in the south at that time knows exactly what those councils are all about.

I’m not saying he’s racist, but as governor of mississippi you cannot — CANNOT — whitewash the CCC groups…. idiocy.

I hope he doesn’t run now!

picklesgap on December 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Any Republican that just looks like they are going to run for POTUS in 2012 are going to get the Palin treatment from the media.

Moesart on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Exactly. And I would be surprised if any candidate deals with it better than she has. But we will certainly see.

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 4:56 PM

This is why SARAH PALIN is the only answer… the media has used up all their ammo on her. The campaign in 2012 between Palin and Obama will be epic to watch the destruction of Obama by a fighter.

Put down the pipe and go to rehab.

rickyricardo on December 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

This is merely payback to Barbour for the drubbing he gave the dems in governors’ races last month.

Vashta.Nerada on December 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

No white dude, Haley’s age with an accent as thick as his has a chance.

He’s too valuable and more effective under the radar anyways.

rickyricardo on December 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

enjoy your NASCAR and whatever else you southern governors do …

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

You were a lot funnier at Captain’s Quarters. Oh, that’s right, you weren’t.

One of the top professional racing teams still bears the name of the far-Left loon who created it (Newman Racing).

My Blue State of New Hampshire hosts many NASCAR races each year. And there are plenty of NASCAR events at tracks in Illinois, Maryland, New York and New Jersey and Pennsylvania, California, Oregon and Washington State. All Blue States.

You need better material.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

rickyricardo on December 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM

I’m pretty sure you’re not a Republican, but I’ll ask anyway: If no white dudes and no gurlz, who are you thinking of backing in 2012?

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 5:01 PM

This is merely payback to Barbour for the drubbing he gave the dems in governors’ races last month.

Say what?

Gosh….

The Citizens Councils were racist organizations. They wanted to treat people based on their skin color. Y’know? Skin color? That thing you inherit when you’re born and says absolutely nothing about you as a person at all?

Barbour sounded like he was defending them. Or at least the one in his hometown. Which, again, was a racist organization that wanted to prevent black people from using a restroom. Or a lunch counter.

Simply because of their skin.

Black people who fought in WWII or Korea. Those heroes. Denied the right to use a bathroom.

Barbour made a dumb comment. He’s corrected it.

But it was a terrible comment.

SteveMG on December 21, 2010 at 5:03 PM

You know who this helps?

Herman Cain

Purple Fury on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

To sum up what I’ve read here about every possible Republican candidate for 2012 — none of them are electable. They will all be torn apart by the liberal media into smashed up bags of meat, with or without lipstick.

Haley is a two term governor of a state with the highest (or second highest) % of black residents in the country. This dragging up of offhand remarks from 28 years ago, if even actually made, is crap.

No one can meet the standards that the media and pundits want to impose on Teh Won’s potential opponents.

GnuBreed on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I think he’ll end up having the same problem as Palin among undecided primary voters — namely, the electability issue.

What does “electability” mean and how is it defined…?
Popularity polls only?
There are no candidates yet and we won’t have primaries for a year…so how can we tell who’s electable and how is that determined?
I know that Ronald Reagan was considered “unelectable” in March of 1980.
How’d that work out for the pundits?

Barbour’s toast.
Wide swathes of the electorate will never let the watermelon comment go in a million years.
That and he’s got the Fat Bast*rd thing going on without the Christie charisma, charm and fiscal con pinache.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Put down the pipe and go to rehab.

rickyricardo on December 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

And how is YOUR 12 step program working? If you need a sponsor, I hear that Prez Hussein or Chudi are available.

portlandon on December 21, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Barbour, or not, by the end of his term Obama will have set race relations back more than any president.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2010 at 5:08 PM

You know who this helps?

Herman Cain

Purple Fury on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I dunno…I think we white folks are getting a wee bit tired of being called racists after 2 solid years of it.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM

smashed up bags of meat, with or without lipstick

GnuBreed on December 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Michelle Malkin 2012?

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Typical. White. Jenfidel.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 5:12 PM

It’s too late Haley, now it’s too late
though we really did try to make it.
Something inside has died and and I can’t hide
And I just can’t fake it . . .

BigAlSouth on December 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Haley, you want to win this argument. Play the ultimate trump card.

Ask the Left which city is more successfully integrated… Chicago, or Jackson?

JohnGalt23 on December 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Typical. White. Jenfidel.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I don’t understand.
Care to explain?

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Does it hurt when you try to think?

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Apparently one would ask Haley the same question … we all know Haley has a big fat mouth from his appearance, now all blind people know it also!

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

You need better material.

Del Dolemonte on December 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Nice to see you still around too Pineapple.

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Haley, you want to win this argument. Play the ultimate trump card.

Ask the Left which city is more successfully integrated… Chicago, or Jackson?

JohnGalt23 on December 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Hopefully Haley will listen to people much smarter than you on this blog and just shut up already. But maybe he can continue to keep the issue alive for a few more news cycles and keep explaining why he was the only non-racist white kid in his home town growing up.

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM

You were a lot funnier at Captain’s Quarters. Oh, that’s right, you weren’t.

speaking of which, I miss it. much better than this one.

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I guess we will be seeing a beer moonshine summit soon?..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM

FIFY.

I like Barbour, but he’s too old a Southern GOP politician to stand a chance. Southern Dems were never racist, right?

Anyway, someone said it best earlier in the thread: he works better under the radar. Maybe with this burr under his saddle, he’ll really let Dems have it 2012. I’d love to see this guy pull some trap doors on some sanctimonious Dems.

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Mike Pence 2012

publiuspen on December 21, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Even if he is a racist, that’s not going to be Barbour’s problem in 2012. His problem is that he’s an ex-lobbyist. He never had a chance anyway.

Proud Rino on December 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I like Barbour, but he’s too old a Southern GOP politician to stand a chance. Southern Dems were never racist, right?

sure they were … but they mostly have just disappeared, got old, or became GOP officials … the real trick here is to just shut up and not talk about it … something which Haley has a real problem figuring out. At the very least stop trying to re-write history or change history to some sort of sweet smelling rose that it never was.

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:45 PM

He should just present Obama’s same speech on race, word for word.

catmman on December 21, 2010 at 4:24 PM

What a ponderous heap of meaningless claptrap THAT was.

Paul-Cincy on December 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Does it hurt when you try to think?

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

He wouldn’t know. He’s never tried.

JohnGalt23 on December 21, 2010 at 5:49 PM

What a ponderous heap of meaningless claptrap THAT was.

Paul-Cincy on December 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Blasphemer!
The MSM said it was the most important speech since the Gettysburg Address.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:53 PM

but they mostly have just disappeared, got old, or became GOP officials

Please. They’re all dead. Or in their 80s or 90s. The major figures are long gone. Wallace, Faubus, Maddox. All dead.

This was 40 and 50 years ago when they were in their 30s.

SteveMG on December 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

How many questions did Al Gore answer about his racist father? Was he asked to condemn Senator Al Gore Sr. for his attempts to filibuster the Civil Rights Act?

I don’t remember the outrage about that. Did I just miss it?

Also a few questions for AP and others who are looking for that “electable” candidate that will force the media to hold Obama’s feet to the fire and ignore the GOP nominee.

Who exactly would be the “electable” 2012 GOP candidates to nominate against Obama?

I always hear about the “unelectable” contenders, but never see the name of The Next One who shall defeat The One.

How long is this “electable” list?

Does this list consist of enough politicians to even have a primary?

chief on December 21, 2010 at 5:54 PM

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Moonshine is ok but I rather have beer!..I hope he runs..Sure he is a long shot but he just might suprise some folks!..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I don’t understand.
Care to explain?

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

I was just trying to draw a comparison between Barbour and Obama by emulating Obama’s racially insensitive remarks about his “typical white” grandmother by making racially insensitive remarks about a fellow poster. You were merely a target of convenience.

It’s not your fault you are typical and white. /s

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Whatever Barbour said or didn’t say a lot of people really are missing the mood of the country. After enduring the last two years people are not buying the PC crap.

Barbour might have a very hard time running for President but I don’t think this will hurt, in fact could actually help.

whbates on December 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

yer boy is finito! one down, how many more to go? who wants to set up a pool on how many republican wannabe’s get shot down due to either racist comments or gay affairs?

ernesto on December 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

It’s not your fault you are typical and white. /s

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM

OK.
I may be white…but I don’t know that I qualify as a “typical” anything, but I get that you have to stick with Zero’s terminology now.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

OK.
I may be white…but I don’t know that I qualify as a “typical” anything, but I get that you have to stick with Zero’s terminology now.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Jen, that /s is what’s known online as a sarc (or sarcasm) tag. It’s meant to denote that one is not being serious. Some people don’t use them when they make statements they assume are obvious (such as me saying I’ll always oppose whatever you like), but whenever the actual tag is used, there should be no confusion.

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

yer boy is finito! one down, how many more to go? who wants to set up a pool on how many republican wannabe’s get shot down due to either racist comments or gay affairs?

ernesto on December 21, 2010 at 6:15 PM

S funny, ernesto. It’s hilarious when Republicans go down hard for things that Democrats are lauded for. Keep f-ing that chicken made of double standards.

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Thanks for the info, Doc. He was the first Troll to greet me here when I came aboard right before the last Presidential election.

kingsjester on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Just don’t confuse Monkei with Mankai, who was here first, and is no troll. And really wishes Monkei would have chosen a different and less confusing name.

tom on December 21, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Hey, I thought everyone understood how this works: Republicans get in trouble for the sex they tell others not to have, and Democrats get in trouble for $$$. Lord knows, Republicans never get in trouble over $$$, and Dems never really get in trouble over sex (unless, of course, you count client #9)

ernesto on December 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Barbour hasn’t figured out that the only acceptable posture for an old, fat white Southern guy when addressing Civil Rights with the MSM is permanent apology and shame? Not smart enough to be President.

SurferDoc on December 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Nice post!..:)

Dire Straits on December 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Dems never really get in trouble over sex (unless, of course, you count client #9)

How many incoherent posts can you make in one day?

And by the way, Mr. Clinton says, “Remember me?”

SteveMG on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Esthier on December 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

streebo and I got it straightened out, but leave it to you to chime in…

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Dems never really get in trouble over sex (unless, of course, you count client #9)

And by the way, Mr. Clinton says, “Remember me?”

SteveMG on December 21, 2010 at 6:38 PM

So do JFK, RFK, Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, Gerry Studds, Mel Reynolds, John Edwards, Jim McGreevey, FDR, Gary Condit, etc. etc.

Proud Rino on December 21, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I don’t think we should have a nominee. All Republicans suck.

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Too bad he’s not a Dem; then he could have been a grand kleagle with no penalties and could have had Bill Clinton running interference for him saying how “Haley had to say those things to get elected given where he came from”.

Unfortunately, Republicans get held to higher standards by the press who would nominate Byrd for sainthood but will run Barbour out of town on a rail for lesser offenses.

AZfederalist on December 21, 2010 at 8:38 PM

I don’t think we should have a nominee. All Republicans suck.

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Lame duck session not going well for you, either?
Cheer up, Cindy!
Christmas is coming…Merry, Merry!
The new Congress in the New Year will be much better.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Let’s hope the Dems keep talking about race and racism through the whole 2012 campaign cycle because, as someone mentioned earlier, people are really getting sick of it. So let them carry on. we see how well that worked for them against Rand Paul.

Go RBNY on December 21, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Merry Christmas to you also. I think my biggest gripe is that our “friendly” media finds more stuff to label our folks unelectable then the regular media. I guess to be fair they are equal opportunity bashers but it gets depressing. Haley Barbour has an imperfect kid’s memory of a tough time in our history, Jindal gave a bad performance in one speech, Romney has Romneycare and he’s a Mormon, and Palin is just flat out nuts, etc. etc. etc. I am sick to death of the double standard of unelectable when you need look no further than the White House to wonder WHAT THE FIRETRUCK!!!!

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I don’t think we should have a nominee. All Republicans suck.

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 8:22 PM

WHAT THE FIRETRUCK!!!!

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

*blink* Cindy Munford is using racy language…Things are getting crazy. LOL Aint it the truth? Oh, and I’m stealing the What the Firetruck!! :)

Anyway…my problem with Barbour is that he spent millions trying to get the most socially liberal Gov and Lt. Gov elected in MA. Some of it was mine. Grrrr…. Sorry, Haley, I may not think you are a racist, but you’ll never see my vote or another dime. The list is narrowing.

pannw on December 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Cindy Munford is using racy language…

pannw on December 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Ah ha! So she’s a racyist then?

ncborn on December 21, 2010 at 10:06 PM

pannw on December 21, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Was that Weld? Sorry about the language.

ncborn on December 21, 2010 at 10:06 PM

That’s too funny.

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Harry Reid won because Republicans basically let him direct who they selected to run against him. Let’s not let those who want Obama to win decide who Republicans can nominate. I remember when left wing sneering professional commentators kept saying in 1976 and 1980 that Ronald Reagan could not win.

KW64 on December 21, 2010 at 11:07 PM

I’m pretty sure you’re not a Republican, but I’ll ask anyway: If no white dudes and no gurlz, who are you thinking of backing in 2012?

alwaysfiredup on December 21, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I’d consider voting for anyone noth maned Huckabee, Palin or Romney.

rickyricardo on December 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM

rickyricardo on December 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM

How about Obama?

Cindy Munford on December 22, 2010 at 1:18 AM

rickyricardo on December 22, 2010 at 12:42 AM

How about Obama?

Cindy Munford on December 22, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Was that Weld? Sorry about the language.

ncborn on December 21, 2010 at 10:06 PM
That’s too funny.

Cindy Munford on December 21, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Ha…I was joking about the language. I was setting someone up for the racy/racist pun… Well done, ncborn.

I’m afraid I’m not familiar with Weld. I was referring to his support of Baker and Tisei in Massachussetts.

pannw on December 22, 2010 at 2:13 AM

pannw on December 22, 2010 at 2:13 AM

William Weld was the “Republican” governor of MA from 1981 to 1988 but I guess that was before Barbour was RNC chairman. I am not familiar with Baker & Tisei. I will research.

Cindy Munford on December 22, 2010 at 2:26 AM

I prefer Sarah Palin at the moment, with the assumption that DeMint won’t be in the race.

But, I believe Gov. Barbour is not a RACIST!

And like Sarah, Gov. Barbour still has a shot.

So, let everyone participate in the primaries.

May the best man/woman win.

TheAlamos on December 22, 2010 at 5:50 AM

Too late for what? Appeasing the trash of the left, against today’s made up charge.

Who gives a flying bleep what the Democrat trash of the left thinks about Barbour’s (what, not dissing on his grandparents enough?)

It’s time to ignore the trash of today’s left when it comes to things like this. Anybody giving trash like Kos the time of day deserves to be thought of as no better than any other RINO.

MNHawk on December 22, 2010 at 7:15 AM