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Haley Barbour Enters the 2012 Thicket

While much of the 2012 buzz has centered around Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, especially over the last 24 hours, here's another name surfacing as a Republican contender: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

The Republican Party of New Hampshire sent out an invitation today promoting an "evening with Haley Barbour" on June 24. The $500-per-person event is being hosted by state GOP party chairman John Sununu, the former governor and White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush.

As Chris Cillizza, a.k.a. "the Fix," reported last month, Barbour's reason in going to New Hampshire -- following a trip to Iowa -- is ostensibly to help raise money for New Hampshire Republicans. But the June 24 fundraiser could carry undertones of a you-scratch-my-back-I'll-scratch-yours arrangement between Barbour and Sununu.

As one GOP operative who forwarded today's invitation to the Sleuth put it, "Here's Haley Barbour making some 2012 moves. When you start going to Iowa and New Hampshire, the writing's on the wall."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 9, 2009; 3:43 PM ET
 
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It's great to live in a country where a guy like Haley Barbour can get up each morning and look in the mirror and tell himself that he has what it takes to be the President of the United States.

Although it might seem odd to folks outside the U.S., it's just such anomalies of logic that make this country so great.

Posted by: SgianDubh | June 9, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let all of the blowdried Republinut wackos run -- Caribou Barbie, Joe The Plumber, The Catcher's Mitt, The Newt-ron Bomb -- all we need now is the wacko trucker from that horror movie and we're good to go!

Posted by: bs2004 | June 9, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This article is unworthy of the writer. Haley Barbour might win his own state and two more (SC and GA?) but what would he bring to the national table? Silly!

Posted by: harper-d | June 9, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Wait until Barbour has to talk about the money he and others have siphoned off of Hurricane Katrina funds to build roads for the Toyota plant planned for Tupelo (a town that is over 200 miles inland and suffered little to no damage from Katrina or any other natural disaster. Or the fact that that facility is on hold because of the hits being taken by the automotive industry after Barbour promising the earth to Toyota. The plant was to be built in Tennesee, but somehow, someway Toyota changed their corporate minds.) Or have him explain why next-to-no public housing for those living in poverty has been rebuilt on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 4 years after Katrina despite there being funds available for such reconstruction for several years.

Let's have some open discussion about all that - it should shoot down any hopes he has for any presidential hopes.

Posted by: mgkonyx | June 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Irrespective of his political skills, many voters will be disinclined to support someone who sounds like Wilbur's horse, Mr. Ed.

Posted by: lawyerwithachainsaw | June 9, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

These guys should all be racing NOT to get into the 2012 contest. Why on earth do Republican politicians want to begin jousting at this point for a nomination to face a president who's above 60 percent in the polls and is watching his agenda sail through Congress?

Polls show increasingly positive numbers on the "right track/wrong track" question. Meanwhile, Republican numbers haven't been lower in a generation. Why do these guys want to carry that tattered brand for four years? Could there be anything less inspiring than to be the "presumptive nominee" of the Republican Party at this point?

2012 is going to be a buzzsaw, particularly if ANY of the folks currently looking like contenders proves to be the nominee. The GOP needs new blood, fast!

Posted by: jonfromcali | June 9, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Here in New Hampshire, we welcome all presidential candidates, however unlikely. Granted, the Gov. of Mississippi is QUITE unlikely, but hey, the Gov. of Arkansas was quite unlikely in 1992, and another Arkansan was a strong contender and very popular here in 2008, despite being a rather strong religious conservative, which usually doesn't "sell well" up in New England.

A guy named Jimmy from the Deep South was a strong contender here in 1976 (and, I've read that he showed up campaigning here as early as 1974.)

Haley Barbour may be like any number of hopefuls who are either too early, too Southern or not quite presidential timber, but we'll listen to him anyway.

At $500 a pop, however, I'll be listening on C-SPAN or YouTube.

Posted by: nhpoliticalguy | June 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Well I'll be dipped! I just may have to get a gander at Haley on his listening tour up yonder in the northeast. One thing we need more of up here is aged party insiders.

Posted by: steveboyington | June 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

That would be something to see - a race between Barbour and Obama. I can't think of anyone who more than Barbour personifies the current image of the GOP as the Southern White Christian Party.

Posted by: bpai_99 | June 10, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Well! Well! Well! This is what I enjoy about politics. You never know what's coming down the pike. I'll vote for anyone who has some common sense (another word for critical thinking skills). I don't care if he is male white, southern with an accent, black, yellow, green, from New Hampshire, or New York. I also prefer he not be a novice or a political rock star with a bunch of yelling groupies following him around and going numb when he speaks his first word.

Posted by: armh | June 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY WOULD LIKE FOR MR. BARBOUR TO GET MISSISSIPPI INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.
IN FACT, THE 20TH CENTURY WOULD BE AN IMPROVEMENT.
MISSISSIPPI IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STATES IN EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE BUT AT THE TOP OF THE LIST IN POVERTY.
AT LEAST HE CAN TALK ABOUT HATE CRIMES AND RIGHT TO CARRY ASSAULT RIFLES. TERRORIZE PARTS OF HIS CONSTITUENCY AND MUCH MORE.
MISSISSIPPI NEEDS YOU GOV. BARBOUR.
DEMOCRACY HAS NEVER BEEN A PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI GOVERNMENT. I DON'T THINK HE IS READY FOR THE GOVERNING OF THE INTELLIGENT.

Posted by: sm98yth | June 11, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

My predition for the next Republican contender for the Whitehouse is Mitch Daniels. He has been mentioned little as a Republican front-runner. He is a real leader, and has proven himself to be just what the party needs in this, their time of peril.

Mitch Daniels - step forward and be counted-----

Posted by: AlLemon | June 11, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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