Haley Barbour’s latest interview and behavior in the Mississippi Senate race tells us a lot about the GOP establishment.
It’s not pretty. At least with liberals, we know where they stand with commonsense conservatism. With folks like Thad Cochran and Haley Barbour, it’s a totally different dynamic altogether. When running against Democrats, they preach small government, but when their own records fail and they’re challenged, they use liberal talking points to attack.
Barbour begins the interview by saying that the momentum has "shifted" to Cochran. This of course defies this poll, or this one, but I digress. The interviewer then mentions how the McCain/Palin ticket from 2008 is split in this race. Barbour’s explanation is amusing:
Here, Barbour tries to marginalize Governor Palin’s support of McDaniel by seemingly claiming that someone must be from Mississippi to have credibility on the matter. (Apparently, he missed the first election where McDaniel came in first place due to the state’s electorate.)
Barbour’s list of authentic Mississippians who support Cochran is interesting — John McCain, Phil Bryant, Tate Reeves, Phillip Gunn, Greg Harper, Alan Nunnelee, Steven Palazzo, Roger Wicker, Trent Lott, and Brett Favre.
It takes a simple Google search to find out that most of those he mentions are all somehow connected to one another in similar ways. For example, Roger Wicker is a U.S. Senator who was appointed by
King Haley Barbour in 2007 replacing Trent Lott. Lott himself served three full terms and one year into his fourth, he resigned in December of 2007 and opened a lobbying firm in January of 2008. Phil Bryant is the current governor of Mississippi and has been in state politics since 1990. He also served as Barbour’s Lt. Governor. Tate Reeves is next in line, currently serving as Lt. Governor and was Treasurer of Mississippi while Barbour was governor.
This is the apparent House of Cards in Mississippi politics. In the past, you had to be at the table to decide who was going, staying, or coming on. All the while, Mississippi has remained one of the poorest states in the nation. This is why long-sitting politicians (coupled with the fact that so much massive wealth continues to surround D.C.) are not so credible to Americans and why this House of Cards seems poised to begin its fall on Tuesday.
Further, as Breitbart reported, it is a fact that Haley Barbour issued a pardon on his last day as governor to Brett Favre’s brother who was not only found guilty of vehicular manslaughter but also had a second incident:
NFL legend Brett Favre has endorsed the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), cutting a television ad for the six-term incumbent days ahead of a runoff election against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel.
In 1996, Favre’s brother Scott Favre was driving drunk on his way home and stopped on railroad tracks. A 49-car freight train crashed into the vehicle, and Brett’s close friend Mark Haverty, a passenger in the car, was killed. Police determined Scott Favre had a .23 blood alcohol content level—more than twice the legal limit. Shortly thereafter, Scott Favre was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Fourteen years were suspended, with one year of house arrest.
In May 1997, Scott Favre was arrested again for driving without a license while he was on his way to help his dad fix a fishing boat. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for that episode—and ended up only serving 67 days in prison after courts determined later he was wrongfully jailed.
In 2012, on his last day in office, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned Scott Favre—clearing his record entirely.
Now Brett Favre is endorsing Cochran at the last minute in the runoff campaign while Barbour’s political machine works overtime to help Cochran win.
If you read the entire piece, you’ll see that Barbour responded and denied that he had any contact with Brett Favre regarding this last minute endorsement. Yet, he must understand the skeptics considering the other tricks his crew has thrown into this race including trying to entice Democrats in the middle of a Republican primary in the hopes that they’ll turn out Tuesday to vote for Cochran.
It’s this same type of insider politics and special deals with powerful people that Governor Palin faced in her state. She knows the signs of corruption and crony politics. In her time spent as governor, she put a dent into such politics as usual like no other and did it without having to keep the same title for 36 ridiculous years. By combining that experience with her amazing charisma and knowledge of the issues facing America, she’s been able to make a huge impact on helping to move our country back to the fundamental restoration it needs by fighting for good candidates like Chris McDaniel. Since 2008 as a VP candidate through today as a tough advocate, she’s crossed the nation many times, spending most of her time in small towns which most of the GOP hierarchy never knew existed. That’s why she’s earned that credibility from small town Americans.
Barbour’s inability to understand this just further proves why many in that establishment remain so out of the touch. Accordingly, the people of Mississippi who are tired of being on the menu in D.C. seem poised to move their state in a new, positive direction in this Tuesday’s runoff election for U.S. Senate by giving us Chris McDaniel.