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  •  after barbour praised citizen's councils (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, Forward is D not R

    whitewashed MS history on race and refused to take a stand on the Nathan Bedford Forrest license plate?

    You are right. Iowa is tuned in politically.

    Even Jennifer Rubin, a hard rightie, gets it.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/...

    Is Haley Barbour done yet?

    When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour first ran into a firestorm on the race issue, I suggested he was done for as a potential presidential nominee. The last thing the Republican Party needed, I explained at the time, was a Southerner out of central casting who appeared tone deaf on race. And besides, what was the rationale for the governor's candidacy? But many conservatives disagreed and on he plunged into the primary before the primary.

    Well, after an uninspired overseas speech and a rocky outing on the friendliest of the Sunday news shows, Barbour is back in the news, and the subject once again is race.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 05:42:40 AM PST

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    •  That has nothing to do with a (0+ / 0-)

      Southerner's chances, it has to do with Barbour's.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 05:45:56 AM PST

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      •  context, dino, context (0+ / 0-)
        But in West Des Moines, the interest in Barbour was tempered by questions of whether a southerner would play well in Iowa and elsewhere in the North. They also questioned whether he could attract young voters, whose support was crucial to Obama in 2008.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 05:50:36 AM PST

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        •  More context: I seem to recall a certain saxophone (0+ / 0-)

          player doing pretty darned well in the north -- and with young voters.

          Come to think of it -- 2000 was Southerner (east) vs Southern (west) and Southerner (east) pretty much ruled the north.

          Barbour's screwups are Barbour's screwups.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 06:02:02 AM PST

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          •  this isn't 2000 (0+ / 0-)

            and an IL guy will win. the question is who does he get to beat? So far, Romney's chances are best. That's why IA teahadists are struggling.

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

            by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 06:21:33 AM PST

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            •  An IL guy will win in the Democratic primary. (0+ / 0-)

              Don't know who will win the Republican.

              I am utterly incapable of believing that Romney has the best chance to win.  I cannot see the circumstance under which that happens.

              It should be noted, however, that I couldn't see the circumstance under which Scoot Brown won in Massachusetts, either.

              However, if anything, Brown's win argues even more strongly that the sentiment ain't there for Romney.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 07:42:51 AM PST

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              •  weak GOP field, i agree (0+ / 0-)

                we'll see wha thappens

                "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

                by Greg Dworkin on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 07:55:27 AM PST

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