Barbour Chop

From npr:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has decided against running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

Barbour, long a member of the national GOP Party establishment as a one-time chair of the Republican National Committee chair, said he couldn’t guarantee his supporters that he had the all-consuming “fire in the belly” it takes to wage the kind of campaign it takes to get the nomination, let alone to try and beat an incumbent president.

And whatever fire he did have might have been dampened by polls that gave him very little encouragement.

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A recent CNN/Opinion Research poll that listed potential Republican candidates indicated he polled at less than one percent. That was actually less than “none” of the above received at three percent.

Barbour didn’t mention polling numbers in a statement he released Monday afternoon.


While Barbour was well known in political circles, he was far from a household name, generally speaking.

Also, he had made some early missteps, the kinds of things that are toxic for a candidate who’s not so well known since they come to define him.

For instance, last year Barbour had to do a lot of explaining after an interview in which he made it sound like the Citizens’ Council in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss. was a benign group that kept the Ku Klux Klan in check instead of a racist group in its own right.


As a younger politician Barbour told a campaign aide who made a racist remark in the presence of a reporter that if he didn’t behave the aide would be “reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks” according to 1982 New York Times article Ben Smith excerpted in his Politico blog.


And that’s not even mentioning the other part of Barbour’s personal story that was likely not helpful in today’s environment: his history as a lobbyist.


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34 responses to “Barbour Chop

  1. jean-philippe

    It’s best left unknown what can come out from his belly…

    • or what goes in. i heard today that he started losing weight so he’d look better if he ran for prez. i bet he puts the feedbag back on now.

  2. Snoring Dog Studio

    He won’t be missed.

    • actually, i’ll miss him a little, because he knew he’d have to speak the truth once in a while, and that made the other ones look like the fruitcakes they are.

  3. John Erickson

    Don’t get me wrong – I love your poster/cover/whatever art. I just have to ask. Are you REALLY familiar with ALL these movies/TV shows/whatever? If not, you HAVE to let me know what search engine you’re using! I mean, this one is a reach, unless you have some … unique taste in movies! πŸ˜€

    • i never heard of this movie until 2 nights ago. i haven’t heard of a lot of the movies i use. what i do is i go to a movie poster site or amazon or google, and i search for titles with certain words in the title or words that i know i can manipulate. funny thing is, more than a few times, i’ll use a movie i never heard of, and a few days later, i’ll be scrolling through the menu on my cable, and the movie will be playing.

      did i just burst your bubble, john? i’m not a movie encyclopedia after all. 😦

    • John Erickson

      Actually, you just re-assured me. Otherwise, I was going to have to SERIOUSLY question your sanity. This way, I don’t. (I could be nasty, and say you have no sanity to question, but that’s far more true of me! :D)

  4. Scary klansman on the cover. 😯

  5. Friend of the court

    that old gas bag better hope he never gets a fire in his belly he could become Haley Comet.

  6. Ol’ Haley Barbour also has this item on his sordid history resume. When the oil was gushing in the gulf waters, he was licking the boots of big oil…

    “Well, look, BP is responsible to pay for everything. If BP is the responsible party under the law, they’re to pay for everything. I do worry that this idea of making them make a huge escrow fund is going to make it less likely that they’ll pay for everything. They need their capital to drill wells”

    Because BP having $ to drill wells was the big priority @ the time???

    So he’s an oily racist!

    He had to know he had a snowball’s chance @ the presidency.

    • he’s got so much baggage, that i can’t imagine how he ever believed that he could get the nomination. i think the rethugs overestimated the staying power of the teabaggers.

  7. Damn! Boss Hog drops out just when he got that Duke vote all sewed up. This will pale to the scene two-three weeks from now when the Donald comes down like a bomber that takes a direct hit from a SAM. Now he’s playing the race card so all the knotheads can be assurd that he is “The Other”. But this crowd thinks Red Dawn is a documentary, so nothing will make sense to them but revenge. It’s all coming to a head like that scene today where Ryan got his ass handed to himself at that town hall. My fav of the week has got to be Brother Laurence setting the fat sinner straight on the subject of “What would Jesus take?”.

    • laurence has been on a roll lately. so has tweety, for that matter. they’ve been taking apart the rethuglicans, but so deftly that they don’t even realize they’ve been shredded to ribbons, even after they don’t have a drop of blood left in them. πŸ˜†

    • John Erickson

      “Like a bomber that takes a direct hit from a SAM”. And you know the movie Red Dawn. And you’re a Stoogeophile, of the order of St. Jerome, no less.
      Have I told you lately that I love you? πŸ˜‰
      We SO need to chat offline sometime! I have a feeling we’re one demented soul inconveniently separated by the miles. If you approve, Tex, have Nonnie ship you me Email. (If you don’t, no problem, I understand privacy.)
      Either way, great stuff! Thanks, Tex!

    • “this crowd thinks Red Dawn is a documentary”


      Yeah, and at least one scene of the remake was filmed in the next town over from where I’m living now. The Chinese North Korean tanks destroyed the entrance to the old K-Mart headquarters.

  8. Ya, know… I am giving serious consideration for running in 2012. I am. Get my own party. I’m thinking of “Beer Party” or “Birthday Party”. Fact is, going to go the basement see if I can find enough planks for a platform. This could be fun. Or….. it could be more fun…. saying that I AM NOT RUNNING. HMMMMMM….. ok, need to open that penny jar, too, and get out a budget.

  9. Dang. One less in the conga line. This actually disappoints me as I was counting on him for some entertainment. Then again, maybe he figures he can’t compete with Newt the Hoot, Donald the Ronald McDonald, and the two crazy women. Can we have a pic of Donald as Ronald, and then make it into a movie?

    • ronald mcdonald took the clown oath, and he would never ever been seen with that ridiculous hairstyle. clowns have standards.

      • LOL … well said … and the Donald made an ass out of himself at his new conference in NH. I like Pres Obama’s description …. “carnival barker” …. hmmm … an idea for a poster?

        • didn’t he look and sound like an ass? an arrogant ass at that. i hope he sprains himself with the endless pats on his own back. you know that my mind immediately went to photoshop when i heard carnival barker. however, there’s a problem at raisin headquarters. the pipes have burst, and the kitchen keeps getting flooded. not sure how much photoshopping i’ll be doing in the next few days. πŸ˜₯

  10. John Erickson

    From the VERY right-wing source
    “Trump described Obama as a β€œvery strange president””.
    As I’ve said on other sites, “And Trump would be very normal exactly HOW?”

    • there are no words that are strong enough to describe how much i despise that piece of shit, donald trump. i detested him before all this birther bullshit, and i hate him more now.

      • John Erickson

        Now, now, Nonnie, you HAVE to learn to express how you really feel! All this bottling up of your feelings isn’t good for you. πŸ˜‰
        You know what you need? A wood-burning fireplace. That gives you the excuse to have some pieces of firewood and a splitting axe. Then when something gets to you like this, if you need to release your anger, you can go out and beat a couple logs to death. Great aggression therapy! πŸ˜€

        • a wood-burning fireplace in south floriduhhh. yeah, i’ll get lots of use out of that! πŸ˜‰

        • John Erickson

          Hey, I never said you had to USE the fireplace. It just makes a great excuse. Besides, you never know when you might have to burn documents (like that birth certificate). Or… other incriminating evidence. πŸ˜‰