Haley Barbour misfires in attempt to tar Chris McDaniel’s approach to racial politics

posted at 4:41 pm on June 24, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, an outspoken supporter of embattled Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) who faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a statewide runoff election Tuesday for the GOP Senate nomination, did his ally few favors in an interview on MSNBC.

NBC reporter Peter Alexander began by quoting a story in the New York Times which reported that Cochran was courting African-American voters in his quest to retain his seat in the Senate. When asked to respond to this report, McDaniel attacked his primary opponent for attempting to retain his seat by seeking the support of Democrats.

“I’m not concerned about them being African-American, I’m concerned about them being liberal,” McDaniel said of the voters the Cochran camp was targeting. “If Senator Cochran is going to court Democrats to save his seat, it is a clear indication that he has abandoned conservatives in the state of Mississippi.”

“Is McDaniel walking a fine line here?” Alexander asked Cochran.

“Not walking it very well,” Barbour said.

He went on to note that Cochran is defending Mississippi’s federal education funding against attacks by McDaniel. Barbour said that Mississippi’s voters might be incensed by McDaniel’s opposition to the federal Department of Education.

“Our state gets over a billion and a half dollars in federal funding for education, and Chris McDaniel says it’s unconstitutional?” Barbour remarked. “Some of those people are African-American. Some of them are Democrats. But tens of thousands of people concerned about Mississippi schools are independents and Republicans.”

This is not especially adept surrogate work by Barbour. Not only does he attack through implication McDaniel’s approach to racial politics, a maneuver which will only engender sympathy for him from the core Republican electorate, but he attacks the tea party candidate for being against ineffective federal spending.

Coming from a former head of the Republican Governor’s Association, no matter how beloved Barbour is in Mississippi, this statement comes across as the ultimate misreading of the GOP primary electorate by an establishment figure.


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Chochran needs to follow Barbour down the “former senator” path.

rplat on June 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Barbour is no longer in office for lots of good reasons.

This interview is another to add to the list.

s1im on June 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

He went on to note that Cochran is defending Mississippi’s federal education funding against attacks by McDaniel. Barbour said that Mississippi’s voters might be incensed by McDaniel’s opposition to the federal Department of Education.

Uh, opposing the Department of Education is a GOOD THING, Haley. At least for conservative voters.

Doughboy on June 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Gee, with all those federal bucks, shouldn’t Mississippi be higher up the ladder on scores and graduations rates compared to other states?

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

“Is McDaniel walking a fine line here?” Alexander asked Cochran.

“Not walking it very well,” Barbour said.

Proofread please.
I can’t imagine the robo-call with the female voice imploring Democrats to vote Cochran “to further Obama’s agenda” hasn’t made news and infuriated Republican voters who DID vote Cochran the first time. You have to be kidding me.

Marcus on June 24, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is the best we’ve got? :-(

Deano1952 on June 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Lott and Barbou, McCain, all go to Hades.

Mississippians, make tonight fun.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Barbour, but still the devil…may Hades embrace you tonight.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Barbour and sons are lobbyists who stand to lose a lot of influence and money if Cochran goes down.

novaculus on June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Barbour’s such a blithering idiot, they need subtitles under him
on the TV screen when he speaks….

ToddPA on June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Coming from a former head of the Republican Governor’s Association, no matter how beloved Barbour is in Mississippi, this statement comes across as the ultimate misreading of the GOP primary electorate by an establishment figure.

Hades will be too cold for all the establishment hacks.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

“Not walking it very well,” Barbour said.

Barbour, your best days are well behind you. Take a hike! -_-

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Barber – lobbyist and crony socialist GOPer extraordinaire.

gwelf on June 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Barbour goes on MSNBC looking for Cochran voters.

That pretty much tells me everything I need to know.

faraway on June 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

OT Cnn just did a puff piece on the Irs commish …..how calm he is against those crazy gop

Unstinkingbelievable

Just a phony scandal pffft…. no there there for some at Cnn

cmsinaz on June 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

No one who has a dog in this hunt is watching msnbc… it is a little late for this interview to play a part in the outcome. I saw.a dog peeing on a mcdaniel this morning and was surprised breitbart did not have it headlined…lol

Tilly on June 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Barbour is the poster boy for everything that’s WRONG with the GOP.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM

More proof the GOP will never scale back the federal government.

Too many handouts.

gwelf on June 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Just listened to the video – get fluked, badly, then have lemon/lime juice poured on you, you hack.

Goof, coot Cochran, who can hardly pee on his own, has no clue who Cantor is, or that he lost, needs to go hold his wife’s hand. Done and over. Btw. him and the other coot, McCain, they have nearly 79 years in the senate. NO wonder the land is turning into a latrine.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

OT – an obama appointed judge ruled that the Southern border is “racist”.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 4:58 PM

So Haley, is Cochran still ******* his assistant while his actual wife withers away in a nursing home?

Have you ever made the mistake of asking how Cochran’s wife is doing while his assistant is standing there?

reddevil on June 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Sheesh. Every time one of the establishment creeps “criticizes” McDaniel, he sounds more qualified to me. I hope Mississippi GOP voters feel the same way.

Rational Thought on June 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Cannot wait to see Chris McDaniel knock Cochran on his azz tonight…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

no matter how beloved Barbour is in Mississippi

He’s not as loved now as he once was…..he would sell his soul to retain the power.

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

You can’t fix stupid. Maybe they can get a 1.5 billion dollar grant to study why so many people are so freaking stupid. If they did that though and found a cure, the entirety of the democrat party and much of the GOPe would simply evaporate.

Diluculo on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Where is meredith or joana to tell us how this is bad news for McDaniel and good news for Cochran? How we need to all rally around Cochran?

tcufrog on June 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Haley Barbour misfires in attempt to tar Chris McDaniel’s approach to racial politics

Not surprising coming from a guy who hung the Confederate Flag in his office and made jokes about racist staffers being reincarnated as watermelons and placed at the mercy of blacks.

And if you ever need to know how delusional the establishment is, George Will considered Barbour one of his five “serious candidates” in 2012.

Stoic Patriot on June 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I hope they all lose.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Go Mississippi, go!!!

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Look out for the number of “Republicans” voting from the Mississippi delta counties….

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Rebel Awakening in the Delta………..

luckybogey on June 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Petrified GOPers, Barbour and Cochran both. I know Mississippi can do better.

DanMan on June 24, 2014 at 5:08 PM

There’s a great quote in a POLITICO piece on the MS race that sums how many Mississippians are feeling about Haley Barbour right now:

And McDaniel’s voters are openly incensed at the candidate’s treatment at the hands of party leaders. Madison retiree Bobbie Jean Mullins, a former county bookkeeper who supports McDaniel, described the Cochran-backing Bryant as a “very good Christian man, but I would have appreciated him more had he said, ‘May the best man win,’ instead of coming out for Thad Cochran.”

As for Haley Barbour, Mullins said: “I’d like to kick his tail.”

Robert_Paulson on June 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Someone please remind me, but isn’t Mississippi dead last in Education in the US? So exactly what are they getting for that billion and a half? What good is the department of education doing for the citizens and children of Mississippi? It certainly isn’t improving their actual education which seems to fall somewhere between “functionally illiterate” and “feral”. All it does is funnel more government money to special interest groups, and place more bureaucratic barriers to actually providing the services the kids need. Maybe it is well past time to rethink the “just pour money on it” model of governance?

patches on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Just the beginning

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I used to think Barbour was pretty good.

Must be getting a little senile like his buddy Cochran

txdoc on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I used to think Barbour was pretty good.

Must be getting a little senile like his buddy Cochran

txdoc on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Or maybe you’re just seeing things the way they are for the first time, Doc. People don’t change near as quickly or as completely as we want to believe they will, and politicians are no exception to that rule.

gryphon202 on June 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

“Is McDaniel walking a fine line here?” Alexander asked Cochran.

“Not walking it very well,” Barbour said.

I’m not following. Did Alexander ask Cochran or Barbour?

When it comes to race and politics in a place like Mississippi, a politician is always walking a fine line.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I have everything crossed. Hope the Establishment Republicans didn’t get ballot box stuffing pointers from their buddies, the Democrats.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Someone please remind me, but isn’t Mississippi dead last in Education in the US?

patches on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Or 49th. Mississippi and Louisiana are always neck-and-neck for last place on pretty much every poll where that is the cellar.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

This wasn’t on a network that Republicans would actually watch. I guess Haley is trying to court the rabid Mississippi Lefties.

chris0christies0donut on June 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

txdoc on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Me, to! I guess it is from being on the outside and limited knowledge of what he is really like but I am terribly disappointed.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

based on the turnout I’m seeing at the poll (right next door to my office), it ain’t looking good for McDaniel…

beeerad on June 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Haley Barbour, race baiter. Maybe he can get a gig co-hosting a show on MSNBC, with Rev. Al.

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Barbour has had too much Bourbon.

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

I used to think Barbour was pretty good.

txdoc on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Barbour did a credible job with the Hurricane Katrina recovery while Louisiana pissed away the aid they were getting. Now he is rallying for the establishment candidate.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Haley isn’t on the up and up and it appears that Cochran is his supplier.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Twenty years ago, he was considered the smartest man in the room. Today, he’s left bereft on shoals of some forgotten island. He has learned nothing and he’s forgotten nothing. He is a dinosaur.

Esaus Message on June 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Gee Haley, with all that Federal education spending, where is Mississippi on the national scale in education? I’m guessing they’re still at the bottom.

bflat879 on June 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Someone please remind me, but isn’t Mississippi dead last in Education in the US?

patches on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Or 49th. Mississippi and Louisiana are always neck-and-neck for last place on pretty much every poll where that is the cellar.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Mississippi has a greater percentage of blacks than any other state, and by a considerable margin with 37.3%. Louisiana is second with 32%, Georgia third at 30%.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Or 49th. Mississippi and Louisiana are always neck-and-neck for last place on pretty much every poll where that is the cellar.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Which is why we all have to line up and listen to Bobby Jindal on education reform!

Mississippi has a greater percentage of blacks than any other state, and by a considerable margin with 37.3%. Louisiana is second with 32%, Georgia third at 30%.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

And your point is?

Joseph K on June 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Twenty years ago, he was considered the smartest man in the room. Today, he’s left bereft on shoals of some forgotten island. He has learned nothing and he’s forgotten nothing. He is a dinosaur.

Esaus Message on June 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Yep, and Thad Cochran wasn’t showing signs of dementia….

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

My take, from the NW Corner of Mississippi: https://kingsjester.wordpress.com/

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Scratch a Whig, Uncle Saul falls out.

formwiz on June 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Or maybe you’re just seeing things the way they are for the first time, Doc. People don’t change near as quickly or as completely as we want to believe they will, and politicians are no exception to that rule.

gryphon202 on June 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

It was easier to give the Haley Barbour of two decades ago the benefit of the doubt when he was RNC Chair, because the Republicans hadn’t had full control of Congress since 1954. Now that they’ve had all or partial control for all but four years since 1994, it’s a lot easier to see there are some who actually do believe what they say when they’re back home with constituents, but a lot of others who are simply in it for the power, and do little different than Democrats when it comes to voting for unnecessary spending as a way to bribe this or that group into re-electing them.

jon1979 on June 24, 2014 at 5:51 PM

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Good one, KJ. I’m just back from the “barricades”….

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

with Mississippi being last in education, I expect Cochran to win

burserker on June 24, 2014 at 5:58 PM

“Federal funding”, what an Orwellian term. Barbour seems to forget where that “federal” money comes from.

echosyst on June 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Where is meredith or joana to tell us how this is bad news for McDaniel and good news for Cochran? How we need to all rally around Cochran?

tcufrog

No doubt they are saving their powder for later tonight when the race is called for McDaniel, at which point they will go on the offensive against McDaniel and his trucon supporters.

xblade on June 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Or 49th. Mississippi and Louisiana are always neck-and-neck for last place on pretty much every poll where that is the cellar.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Which is why we all have to line up and listen to Bobby Jindal on education reform!

Mississippi has a greater percentage of blacks than any other state, and by a considerable margin with 37.3%. Louisiana is second with 32%, Georgia third at 30%.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

And your point is?

Joseph K on June 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM

This should be obvious even to you. Blacks are pulling down the average academic performance of students in Mississippi because of the rotten black culture that requires them to reject studying and achieving education as “acting white”.

Highest percentage of blacks in Mississippi therefore means more to pull down the average.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

If Cochran wins, the backlash is going to be ferocious in the general….

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

CNN interviews Dems who voted for Thad Cochran………..this is the GOP.

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Pathetic. May the GOPe burn.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM

There should be no doubt about the One Party government anymore………

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Once a governor figures out where the federal monies really come from (citizens) then making certain they “bring home the bacon” from DC would be better served if they figured out not sending so much money to DC in the first place.

evie1949 on June 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

CNN interviews Dems who voted for Thad Cochran………..this is the GOP.

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Along those lines:

From the Clarion Ledger that somebody was nice enough to share, lineholder, I think.

New Horizon Pastor Rev. Ronnie Crudup, a prominent African American minister in Jackson, has urged blacks to vote to keep U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in office. Crudup is also featured in advertising endorsing Cochran.

The Republican runoff between Cochran and challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel was the only contest on the ballot Tuesday at the precinct.

Precinct manager Jessie Gabris said the 16 voters so far today were six more than the 10 who voted in the June 3 Republican primary.

“It’s 60 percent better,” Gabris and other precinct workers said.

cozmo on June 24, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Someone please remind me, but isn’t Mississippi dead last in Education in the US?

patches on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Or 49th. Mississippi and Louisiana are always neck-and-neck for last place on pretty much every poll where that is the cellar.

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Mississippi has a greater percentage of blacks than any other state, and by a considerable margin with 37.3%. Louisiana is second with 32%, Georgia third at 30%.

slickwillie2001 on June 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Shhhh. You’re not supposed to admit that the statistical ranking might have something to do with different racial composition. Unless you want to be called a racist.

Or, I suppose you could go for broke, and suggest that the primary reason why blacks do so poorly on most of these statistics might have something to do with the breakdown of the family, high teen pregnancy, being consigned to the worst schools, and minimum wage laws pricing them out of jobs causing high unemployment.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Cannot wait to see Chris McDaniel knock Cochran on his azz tonight…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Sure hope so. I want to see a BIG win for Chris. Not just by a point or two.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

I’ve always been one to say don’t vote for the Democrat under any circumstances. If the Republican nominee isn’t worth a crap, write-in somebody else. I am so sick of the GOPe in this race that, if I happened to live in Mississippi, I would vote for Childers over Cochran.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

If Cochran wins, does anyone want to guess how long he will actually serve before stepping down due to “health” concerns. Then the MS gov. can appoint an “acceptable” replacement who, five or so years from now will be the incumbent.

Tinker on June 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

He has lazy eye.

Bmore on June 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Cannot wait to see Chris McDaniel knock Cochran on his azz tonight…

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Sure hope so. I want to see a BIG win for Chris. Not just by a point or two.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Yep. Me too. Where the hell is the open thread?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

…who, five or so years from now will be the incumbent.

Tinker on June 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

When a senator is replaced before their term ends, there is special election during the next federal cycle to complete the unexpired term.

cozmo on June 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Yep. Me too. Where the hell is the open thread?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Probably will be up around 7:30 or 8. That’s when polls close in Mississippi, Maryland, and Oklahoma. They close in Colorado and New York at 9.

Go McDaniel, Shannon, Tancredo, and Tenney.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Yep. Me too. Where the hell is the open thread?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Give it some more time. I have to take my wife out to dinner.

cozmo on June 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Just one carpetbagging Yankee’s opinion on the state of Mississippi:
Since moving here 2 years ago…I have witnessed an overarching satisfaction with status quo and, for lack of a better phrase, an exaggerated entitlement mentality…if it’s free, it’s for me. Funding is always the issue…never the actual performance of past funding.

On this front, I believe Thank You Thad Cochran has contributed to this malaise during his long tenure with his well-earned title as the King of Pork. He has failed his electorate and done the state no favors.

Again, just one man’s opinion. Time for Thaddeus to go.

Huckabye-Romney on June 24, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Haley Barbour is as dishonest and corrupt as anyone in the Beltway. he’s a lying POS.

bw222 on June 24, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I’ve always been one to say don’t vote for the Democrat under any circumstances. If the Republican nominee isn’t worth a crap, write-in somebody else. I am so sick of the GOPe in this race that, if I happened to live in Mississippi, I would vote for Childers over Cochran.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Totally agree.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Yep. Me too. Where the hell is the open thread?

OmahaConservative on June 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Should be coming up soon. Not sure when polls close.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Should be coming up soon. Not sure when polls close.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

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topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Hang the SOB. McConnell on his right and Boehner on his left!

rcl on June 25, 2014 at 11:35 PM