The Barbour Shop is Closed
I would be remiss if I did not comment on the recent announcement by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour that he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012. You may recall that almost one year ago, I named Barbour as the inaugural member of my list of presidential hopefuls who will not be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. That prediction has now been borne out by events. The list has since grown to include other conservative luminaries including Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann, among others.
While I never wavered in my initial assessment that there was no chance Barbour would be the party’s nominee in 2012, I had recently come to believe from watching him that he could at least run a credible campaign in New Hampshire. Barbour appeared quite comfortable as he made the political rounds up here, and he even seemed game to figure out how a Southern governor with a serious drawl might make a retail politics connection with Granite Staters. Barbour is a veteran political operator, however, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he ultimately arrived at an accurate read on his own viability as a nominee, but I was just a little bit.


Posted On: 05-07-2011 08:41:18 by Jim Splaine
Dean -- you called it right. And for any of a number of potential Republican Presidential Nominees, he could provide reasonable philosophical balance and support, and the geography doesn't hurt to shore up the margin of victory in Southern states -- helping races for Congressional and Gubarnatorial seats. Interesting dude.

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