aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Political foo

I think I just saw the first plausible presidential contender for '08. I would never have thought Haley Barbour (Gov. of Mississippi) could make it on the national scene, but I saw him speak at a conference on rebuilding the Gulf coast, and I thought, WOW.

Not just for his handling of Katrina -- though he shows up quite a contrast to Gov. Twit of Louisiana. But he was talking about the tort reform they passed in MS, and the fact that in order to eliminate their budget deficit, they actually reduced spending -- and nobody suffered. He was articulate, caring, on top of his data; it was a masterful performance.

Barbour's no stranger to national politics, either. He was once Chairman of the Republican National Committee. If I were a betting man, I'd say he's almost guaranteed one of the spots on the ticket in '08.

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