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October 10, 2005

WaPo Hearts Haley Barbour

By Pepper of the Daily Pepper

Ezra put out the call for posts on Indian Genocide Columbus Day, and I had something on my mind ...

The Washington Post ran one of those sweet little puff pieces about what politicians are really like this morning. It read a lot like those interviews in Entertainment Weekly that are supposed to warm the public up to chilly celebs.

The subject of all this love is a rather unlovable man, Good Ol' Boy Mississippi governor Haley Barbour. Readers get to find out all about his adorable habits. He likes dirty jokes about doing something weird with frozen food. He drinks Maker's Mark. He has more friends than Kathleen Blanco.

Oh, and the WaPo buries the lead after mentioning how Barbour might spearhead a "Mississippi Renaissance": "This renaissance, if it occurs, could be a springboard into a run for president in 2008 -- something Barbour had been considering before Katrina."

No mention of how he said he would be "ruthless" with looters and essentially ordered those who were armed to shoot on sight following the aftermath of Katrina. Ya'll better duck and cover if this man gets anywhere near the White House.

Before the article, I didn't like a single thing about Haley Barbour. Now that I've read it, he has only one point in my favor - he drinks Maker's Mark. And that ain't much.

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Isn't Maker's Mark distilled in Kentucky? Carpetbagger! He should go find some old-fashioned Mississippi moonshine, Faulkner-style.

Posted by: Brad Plumer | Oct 10, 2005 9:16:59 PM

Sorry, but being "ruthless with looters" is generally considered a GOOD thing. The alternative is anarchy such as what we saw in New Orleans.

Those who remember the Los Angeles Riots in the early 90's will tell you that when the police avoided cracking down on the rioters, many people died. When the police and National Guard moved in with force, the situation came to an end. This is the immutable pattern of riots throughout all of history.

Recall that the original "Riot Act" of Britain gave government troops the power to summarily execute rioters and looters.

Posted by: Mastiff | Oct 10, 2005 10:37:07 PM

Don't judge a man by what he drinks. It's what he serves that counts.

Posted by: BroD | Oct 10, 2005 11:18:14 PM

Let's NOT forget that, during his gubunatorial race, he held a fundraising picnic held by the Council of Conservative Citizens...you, know, the new-age version of the White Citizen's Council?

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