Haley Barbour 2012!

It has been almost 10 months since the last round of speculation surrounding a potential Presidential bid by former RNC Chairman and lobbyist turned Mississippi Governor, so apparently the powers at be inside the establishment media think it's time for another round.

POLITICO has learned that Barbour is weighing the prospect of a 2012 White House bid and convened a private meeting April 8 with a group of some of his oldest and closest advisers, some of whom flew in from the East Coast to Jackson, Miss. The gathering stretched for six hours, during which time the topic of a presidential run was discussed.

There is no mention in this long-ish article from Jonathan Martin that as of the most recent polling, in the field this past fall, that nearly two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) told Gallup that they would not seriously consider voting for Barbour for President in 2012 -- an even greater share than said the same of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin (both of whom were ruled out by 63 percent of the public). There is also no mention of the even more recent polling, from just a few days ago, showing Barbour earning the support of just 1 percent of Republicans.

Nevertheless, with the press, and apparently some DC Republicans, taking Barbour 2012 seriously, I am reminded of a great post from Atrios back in November:

Politicians Are All From The South

This was true for so many years that the politician archetype in pop culture was always some middle aged white dude with at least a modest southern accent.

For some reason, that period just seems so outdated -- which is odd considering that 2008 was the first Presidential election since 1972 in which neither party's ticket featured at least one Southerner (and since 1944, if you count Maryland's Spiro Agnew as a Southerner, which isn't such a stretch considering the kind of role played and rhetoric used by the candidate in the 1968 and 1972 Nixon campaigns). Yet at the same time, one doesn't get the sense that the American people are itching for a return to Southern dominance of Presidential politics. Which is all to say, Barbour may be an anachronism.

Tags: Haley Barbour, 2012, The South (all tags)



RE: Haley Barbour 2012!

I'm dismissive of the polling. 65% may say they won't consider voting for him, but I doubt 65% even know who he is. He may only have 1% support, but where were Howard Dean and John Kerry in mid-2002? Those numbers can matter, but only if it's January 2012. Now, the Southern thing, that's more of a point.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-04-17 09:39PM | 0 recs
oh please

let the Republicans nominate this guy. Someone must have a convenient list of everyone he used to lobby for.

by desmoinesdem 2010-04-17 09:48PM | 1 recs
RE: Haley Barbour 2012!

This is like Boss Hogg running for president

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-17 09:57PM | 2 recs
politico has humor

POLITICO has learned that Barbour is weighing the prospect of a 2012 White House...

It would be monumental in disaster proportions.

But, it ain't gonna happen, as he'd have to give up the weight he said, in order to run (losing like 50 pounds iirc), and he's not doing it yet.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-04-17 10:00PM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

He is an interesting guy thats for sure.  I believe his quote was

"If you see me losing 40 pounds I'm either running (for president) or have cancer."

What a character....

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-17 10:20PM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

Is it just me or has Huckabee gained back some of his weight?

by Nathan Empsall 2010-04-17 10:33PM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

Probably.  I typed Huckabee in the Google Search bar and the 6th suggestion was "Huckabee weight gain."  Must be all the stress of being on Fox News and considering a 2012 run at the same time.  Didn't he make a big deal to the public about losing a bunch of weight at some point?  

by Chuckie Corra 2010-04-18 05:57AM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

He's not running either. Huck knows the type of organization it would take to win Iowa again. If he was serious, he'd be doing John Edwards like, 2005-2006, organizing in the state.

Sarah Palin is not running either. Its been obvious since she came on the scene in '08 that she would be a powerful voice on the right; and equally obvious since leaving the Gov position, that she was seeking power from being a propogandist, and money for the good life.

Its looking more and more like Romney by default.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-04-18 10:08AM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

8 months ago I would have agreed, but ObamaRomneyCare could seriously dog him in the primaries. I think that opens the door to a surge from a Barbour, Daniels, or Pawlenty.

Either that or he is indeed the nominee and we see a sizable third party for the first time since Perot.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-04-18 07:58PM | 0 recs
RE: politico has humor

Folk wrote McCain off in 2005-6 too, largely because of his stance on immigration&taxes. But then he did the 180 and all was well. 

So we don't know, but Romeny still is the front-runner, mostly by default.

by vecky 2010-04-18 08:57PM | 0 recs
Reagan '84

This being true requires accepting H. W. as an actual Texan, which is somewhat debatable.  Regan (California), Mondale (Minnesota) and Ferraro (New York) were not southerners.


by Pragmatic Left 2010-04-18 09:49AM | 0 recs
The Gift

Barbour would be a gift that keeps giving - head of the RNC, a lobbyist with deep DC connections... someone, surely, has been making that file full and deep. I can't see him wanting the fight, and I don't see how it looks attractive to him, unless he takes himsef far more seriously than he's seemed to; if he has a passion for being the President of all of us, he's  certainly kept that light hidden for quite a while. He's one person whose personal success - financial, political - seems fine no matter who's President. I can't see him running; I wish he would.

by nycweboy1 2010-04-18 01:35PM | 0 recs

The GOP isnt nominating Barbour or Palin....its going to be someone far more mainstream. Obama is going to have his hands full. The economy isnt really improving, jobs arent coming back and that ultimately will be his downfall.

by BuckeyeBlogger 2010-04-18 03:35PM | 0 recs
Mainstream? Republicans? Please

No such thing as a mainstream Republican.

It's too bad Republicans and conservatives keep blocking any attempt to create good jobs programs...you know, dealing with the deficit, which was ignored by Republicans and conservatives for eight years, is FAR MORE important than creating jobs.



by ND22 2010-04-18 10:36PM | 0 recs
RE: Mainstream? Republicans? Please

Ya, it's funny how dealing with the deficit was not at all important when unemployment was at 5%, but is the TOP priority when it's was at 10%.

I mean it's like they work for big business or something.

by vecky 2010-04-19 12:38AM | 0 recs


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