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Gov. Haley ‘Seab Cooley’ Barbour Will Not Run For President

April 25, 2011

Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he will not run for president in 2012. 

And since the south is not in doubt for a Republican nominee it is also safe to assume that Barbour will not be on the national ticket in 2012.

This is just all good news for those of us who do listen and follow the news and speeches of candidates.

I strongly suspect that there are many who could not listen for very long to the southern drawl that Haley Barbour seemingly can not seem to move beyond.   He sounds like some actor trying out for a bit part who is trying to hype the deep southern style of talking.  That might be cute for a movie, but from the national stage it would soon grow tiresome. 

If you think about it Barbour is not far from the southern sheriff in the James Bond film, “Live And Let Die.”

Worse yet it gives a bad image to much of the south that is more refined and intelligent than Haley Barbour sounds.  I can’t be the only one who thinks Barbour a throw-back to a time that was not really so grand in the south.

Every time I see Barbour, or hear him speak I can only think of the character Seab Cooley found in the “Advise and Consent” series written by Allen Drury.  If you are familiar with the character Seab Cooley, the racist southern senator who offers an old-fashioned stem-winding filibuster….back when filibusters actually meant something….you will know this is not a flattering statement.

This news about Barbour not being able to mount a presidential campaign might be the best news of the day.

  1. Sue permalink
    April 26, 2011 10:18 AM

    And let’s not forget it’s a right-to-work state. We’ve been hearing and seeing “Wississippi” around the state for a reason.

  2. Pete permalink
    April 26, 2011 5:33 AM

    Before he took the decision he could talk with his family members and other party senior leaders i thought he is suitable for the next election as a Republican Nominee for the presidential election .

  3. April 25, 2011 10:42 PM

    You are so correct…….Mississippi leads the nation in almost everything that a state doesn’t want to lead the nation in. Mississippi is the poorest state in the union, with the highest poverty rate and the lowest quality of life. And the state government is ineffective and oblivious when it isn’t just plain corrupt.

  4. April 25, 2011 10:25 PM

    Well Governor Haley Barbour had some negatives besides his tendency to say racially insensitive things. If he got elected, he’d be the first president to have been a registered lobbyist, not great. And he’s president of a state that is regularly ranked 50th in just about everything, sorry Mississippi.

  5. Mark E. Bye permalink
    April 25, 2011 10:22 PM

    Every time I see or hear Barbour, I think of Foghorn Leghorn.

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