Oh my: Barbour wooing Huckabee for 2012 endorsement?

posted at 8:58 pm on March 29, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Haley Barbour figures out way to alienate entire conservative blogosphere.”

In the unlikely event that you need it explained to you why this is such a good idea, here you go.

Representatives of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour have been trying to set up a time with Huckabee aides for the two Southern governors and longtime friends to meet, POLITICO has learned…

The Arkansan still has a strong following in first-in-the-nation Iowa, where he won by nine points in 2008, and his laying of hands could offer Barbour an important validation in the Hawkeye State.

More broadly, Huckabee would offer his fellow governor an important credential among Christian conservatives. Barbour is a down-the-line social conservative on the issues – he often mentions that under his governorship Mississippi was deemed the safest place for an unborn child – but he doesn’t have the personal connection with the Christian Right that Huckabee enjoys. The former Baptist preacher’s endorsement would make it easier for Barbour to deflect questions about just how ardent a cultural conservative he is.

Perhaps more important, the absence of Huckabee from the race and his support for Barbour would mean that there would likely be just one high-profile candidate who is distinctly Southern. This would be a boon for Barbour not only in South Carolina – where Huckabee and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson combined to get 46 percent of the vote in 2008 – but throughout a region where place still matters.

Barbour might win South Carolina under any circumstances, Huckabee endorsement or no, but if he heads in there without a caucus or primary win already under his belt, he may be seen as unviable. The real value to him in Huck’s backing would come in Iowa, especially with locals like Bachmann and Pawlenty desperately eager to do well there. If Barbour wins Iowa with Huckabee’s help, it’ll instantly make him a serious candidate for the nomination and will build up a huge amount of momentum for him with South Carolina ahead. If he wins there too then, frankly, he probably won’t need Huckabee’s help anywhere else. He’ll have already received the evangelical candidate’s seal of approval and he’ll clean up in the south. And then, for primaries outside the south, he’ll have the endorsement of Mitch “Truce on Social Issues” Daniels to reassure centrist voters that Barbour won’t be captured by the social conservative base. Neat trick.

For what it’s worth, Huckabee’s team denies that there’s any overt outreach from Barbour’s camp but allows that there are “quite a few people” close to each man who talk “often.” Read the Politico piece linked up top and you’ll see that the two obviously hold each other in high regard. Which prompts the question: If he doesn’t run, who else might Huck endorse if not Barbour? Romney’s a nonstarter; he’s always seemed to resent Palin’s greater popularity given their common Christian, blue-collar, gubernatorial credentials; and Gingrich seems an unlikely enough nominee that strategically it may not be worth backing him. Pawlenty is a possibility and would doubtless draw Huck’s endorsement if it came down to him and Mitt in a two-man race, but why would Huckabee prefer T-Paw to his old pal Haley early on? Barbour seems like an obvious pick.


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***************** DOA ********************************

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:00 PM

America wont take him serious because of the sound of his voice.

WoosterOh on March 29, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Is this some GOP mid-life crisis syndrome these “men” are going through? It’s rather disturbing.

GIVE ESTROGEN A CHANCE !

GO PALIN !

stenwin77 on March 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

I heard Huntsman is trying to get Bloomberg’s endorsement too.

Rocks on March 29, 2011 at 9:02 PM

It’s not happening. If we have to “settle” this round, we can do better than Barbour.

Don’t get me started on that global warming thing. I don’t know if he meant it or if he is setting up pandering streak to court crossovers, but either way he loses.

ace tomato on March 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

J-J-J-J-Jesus

Jeddite on March 29, 2011 at 9:08 PM

If this happens, let me be first to congratulate BHO on his reelection. Why is the GOP weak as water?

400lb Gorilla on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

GIVE ESTROGEN A CHANCE !

GO PALIN !

stenwin77 on March 29, 2011 at 9:01 PM

stenwin77:Lol,I think your on to a winning strategy!!
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Progesterone/ESTROGEN/2012

Its that time of the *Election Cycle!

*(Ladies,I’m attempting humour)

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Somebody is floating trial balloons that aren’t exactly floating. Well, it’s floating in that “in the toilet” kind of way.

SouthernGent on March 29, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Things will be decidedly cool for Haley Barbour if he in any way, no matter how seemingly insignificant, endorses the Global Warming hysteria.

joe btfsplk on March 29, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I would not vote for Huckabee or Barbour.

taney71 on March 29, 2011 at 9:14 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Eh.
I’ve always had more friends that were guys than chicks.
Most women aren’t into military history, sharks, and snakes. LoL
Go T-Paw!
Go Cain!
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Major disappointment! I’m in STL and Breitbart and Huck are appearing together here in a few weeks. Dana Loesch is promoting this big time along with other local talker, Jamie Allman…I thought Dana was supposed to be a Tea Party Pioneer…and she’s promoting Huck????

Chewy the Lab on March 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

**********New Poilitical Blood****************************

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Just what the GOP needs in 2012: Boss Hogg running against the first black President. All Barbour needs is a white suit and cigar.

bw222 on March 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Political Toast

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

What we have here is failure to communicate.

Somebody inform Governor Barbour that he is not only unelectable, but he’s a hick, too.

Emperor Norton on March 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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and snakes. LoL

Go T-Paw!
Go Cain!
*ducks*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:Lol,speaking of snakes!!
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Jim Stafford Spiders and Snakes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vudA72hibg

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:25 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Your neighbor here in Erie thanks you for that tear you managed to get on my face.

As usual not mentioned, but since I vouch for Estrogen 2012, she’d be a great match for Mr. Walking Testosterone. That man can school a Muslim on the Holy Q’uran, he can school our Muslim brother on how to run a country. ‘Nuff said.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Concur with the DOA comment… No traction…

Khun Joe on March 29, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Just what the GOP needs in 2012: Boss Hogg running against the first black President. All Barbour needs is a white suit and cigar.

bw222 on March 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Classic! Got that movie here, and boy in the 70s the “N” word did not matter one bit.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Political Toast

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Kini:From your link…OUCH!!:)
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Haley Barbour On Global Warming: ‘We Should Proceed’ As If It ‘Is Actually Happening’
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March 25, 2011 4:12 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I was born and raised in Iowa. Barbour has no little chance, with or without the Huckster. Two different animals entirely.

a capella on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM

All we really need is another pandering politician willing to wet his finger to see which way the wind is blowing.

I take Barbour about as serious as Mittens.

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Barbour kinda-sorta reminds me of Governor Pappy O’Daniel in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”

3dpuzzman on March 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Pawlenty and Paul Ryan appear to be the most viable candidates for the GOP nomination.

The rest are just too marginalizing if not marginalized.

The GOP has to focus on winning the election next year, not on pleasing or indulging cliques.

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

this strategy might work. IF and it’s a big IF Palin doesn’t run.

unseen on March 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Barbour kinda-sorta reminds me of Governor Pappy O’Daniel in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”

3dpuzzman on March 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Hahahaa…well said, you’re right! LaughingOutLoud.

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Just what the GOP needs in 2012: Boss Hogg running against the first black President. All Barbour needs is a white suit and cigar.

bw222 on March 29, 2011 at 9:22 PM

That is pure Southern prejudice. And I was ready to support Barbour, until he had his “test” confronting the BS of Al Sharpton over criticism on an issue. And he folded and failed. George Allen, part 2. Trent Lott, part 2. “Sorry! Sorry! Sorry!” Get lost, Haley. Sarah has more testosterone.

Marcus on March 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Good luck with that strategy there champ!
Does he remind anyone else of Mickey Rooney? If he courts Huckabee this title will be right on trying to keep conservatives!

http://www.ioffer.com/i/drive-a-crooked-road-1952-mickey-rooney-diane-foster-148556899

bluemarlin on March 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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Your neighbor here in Erie thanks you for that tear you managed to get on my face.

As usual not mentioned, but since I vouch for Estrogen 2012, she’d be a great match for Mr. Walking Testosterone. That man can school a Muslim on the Holy Q’uran, he can school our Muslim brother on how to run a country. ‘Nuff said.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2011 at 9:26 PM

ProudPalinFan:Love it,and is the only logical choice,oh,
thanks for the video linky,seen it awhile
back and is still a pleasure to watch!:)
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Estrogen/Testosterone/2012

Palin/West/2012

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:37 PM

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:28 PM
All we really need is another pandering politician willing to wet his finger to see which way the wind is blowing.

I take Barbour about as serious as Mittens.

Kini on March 29, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Kini:Exactly Kini,time is marching on,and the Left are
waiting for the ole white boy Country Club meme!

Need,young,new,fresh faces for this round!!:)

canopfor on March 29, 2011 at 9:40 PM

You all with the hormone fixations should actually understsnd more about how they function and why and in what combinations, and when they don’t.

For successful female populations, it’s Progesterone that’s the most significant for fertility, just to get ya’ll started with possible tangents.

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:41 PM

And, as to testosterone, the greater the testosterone levels, the darker the skin (increased pigmentation — an attribute among races that bear higher testosterone levels).

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:43 PM

But, returning to GOP candidates, I think the GOP should focus on the younger eligibles for 2012, such as Paul Ryan and Tim Pawlenty – and Pawlenty needs an energy boost for the unreligious among the Right who seem more drawn to celebrity-factor or hormones than the rest of us.

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Lourdes on March 29, 2011 at 9:43 PM

And when either of them fail, you either rub it in or pop pills for a re-vamp. On both Progesterone and Testosterone, that’d explain me.

ProudPalinFan on March 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I’m a strong Palin supporter, could possibly go with Palwenty if Sarah doesn’t run and I can stay awake. T-Paw is really booooring. I’m getting tired just thinking about him.

bw222 on March 29, 2011 at 9:52 PM

*chortle*

Kensington on March 29, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Barbour kinda-sorta reminds me of Governor Pappy O’Daniel in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou.”

3dpuzzman on March 29, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Oh my god that’s it.
“Moral Fibre? I invented moral fibre!”

exceller on March 29, 2011 at 10:01 PM

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no and hell no.

No Schmuckabee. Evah. Just no.

radioboyatl on March 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Hey, thanks for letting me know no one takes me serious because of my accent and that all Southerners are caricatures.

di butler on March 29, 2011 at 10:57 PM

You’re welcome. Y’all come back now, y’hear?

Emperor Norton on March 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM

I hate to slam so many of my fellow Airians, but:

- “Barbour is a hick” is far more ignorant a statement than would ever pass the lips of a “hick” like Barbour. If you’re judging the man’s intellect based on his accent… wow, I just don’t know what to say.

- Don’t assume that Barbour is going for “the Huckabee endorsement” in and of itself. He’s al ost certainly going for several endorsements, and if that’s true, then it’s a lock that he being extremely shrewd about it. He’ll go for the DeMint endorsement, the Pence endorsement, the Daniels endorsement… any and all he can get.

- there is not a more “complete package” in the whole field than Barbour, and if you think “Boss Hogg” running against the first black president is too crazy to happen, consider what you would have said 5 yrs ago if someone had told you a back-bench Senator with the most liberal voting record in the entire Senate, the product of a career kicked off in a domestic terrorist’s living room, with the middle name “Hussein” was going to be your next president.

greggriffith on March 30, 2011 at 12:55 AM

“Barbour is a hick” is far more ignorant a statement than would ever pass the lips of a “hick” like Barbour.

No, I’m not judging Barbour’s intellect based on his accent–I’m making a snap evaluation of his potential candidacy based on his origins in Mississippi.

There are lots of people who regard Barbour as a hick. He has even described himself, although in jest, as a “fat redneck.” You probably saw that video right here on Hot Air! We also know that he’s an alumnus of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Law School, and upon graduation joined his father’s law firm in Yazoo City.

But that’s OK. The bad news is that the local boy made good one day in DC by becoming a big-time lobbyist–which included several big coporations and at least two tobacco companies, R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris–and also for Mexico. According to Wikipedia, he:

. . .

lobbied on behalf of the Embassy of Mexico in 2001 to promote a bill related to Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This provision would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the United States, through family connections or job skills, without a requirement that they return to their home country for the requisite 3-10 years. This is what’s often referred to as ‘amnesty.’

Barbour was a political aide and operative, the RNC Chair, and became the ultimate Washington insider–city’s #1 lobbyist, according to Fortune magazine.

The he decided to run for Governor of Mississippi.

I would have real trouble–I say, real trouble–supporting a guy who sounds like Foghorn Leghorn.

Emperor Norton on March 30, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Adieu et bon chance, Haley. Perhaps that is premature, but this is one Southerner who doesn’t like the “optics” of this. I won’t cross Haley off my list, yet, but his stock went down on account of this. Wake up Gov., Huck is poison. You can appoint him czar of phoney Christians and hypocrisy if you get elected to show your loyalty. Mean time run don’t walk away from Huck.

JimP on March 30, 2011 at 5:36 AM

Am I supposed to be excited about replacing Barky w a beltway Republican? Not a chance.

james23 on March 30, 2011 at 8:04 AM

I’m torn between being offended at all the Southern stereotypes and pejoratives tossed at Barbour, and giggling hysterically at some of the visuals.

I agree, the “optics” don’t work. I hate myself for using that word, but in this situation it fits.

No Barbour for me based on his global warming pandering, Boss Hogg vibe or no.

citrus on March 30, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Haley’s one BIG strike is his apparent support of “amnesty”. See his comments post hurricane about people coming in and doing cleanup work… It’s the one thing that he refuses to admit he might be wrong about.

As for his global warming.. personally, I think he was playing up to the crowd in that instance..he’s been rather adament about “pro-oil drilling” and such.

I’m not thrilled that he’s making overtures to Huckster.. but then again, he’s got to make overtures to SOME people sooner or later if he’s going to take a run at the nomination.

DaSaintFan on March 30, 2011 at 10:12 AM

A Huckabee endorsement him will not help him with true Conservative Republican Voters. Huckabee is a RINO big time. He supports illegal immigration and is not so great at being a fiscal conservatism either.

old war horse on March 30, 2011 at 2:02 PM