Haley’s Cover Day
The conservative newsmagazine, The Weekly Standard, had a very interesting piece on Haley Barbour with the 2012 angle in mind. The Mississippi governor also graced the cover of the December 27th issue- as shown on the right. Here is a link to the article.
The piece, by Andrew Ferguson, has to be one of the most in-depth pieces I have read on Barbour covering the more traditional topics you would expect such as Barbour’s role in GOP wins in both 1994 and 2010, his time in D.C. as a lobbyist, along with his tenure as governor- including his work following Katrina and the difficult budget matters he’s faced year in, year out. Then there are the other issues; one I’ll simply quote Ferguson on: “You don’t have to be a Midwestern weenie to imagine Barbour as the Southern sheriff in Deliverance, squinting at Jon Voight through aviator sunglasses and suggesting he might want to get his pale Yankee butt out of town.”
But there is also some more personal matters addressed we don’t read about much. There are stories about Barbour spending much of his time in Washington while Marsha and the kids remained in Yazoo City. Here is an old quote from Marsha that was in the column: “I could be alone in Yazoo City or alone in Washington…I prefer Yazoo City.” Then there is more information on his hometown than most have probably ever read. From the times of Barbour’s youth when it was a bustling small town like many that dotted the Mississippi map to one that has been in decline for some time now (also, like many on the map). Included, Ferguson has some pretty interesting information on an issue any Southern, Republican will have to answer to: segregation (and the post-segregation era that followed).
In the article, Yazoo City is referred to as one in which should be a model for integration. Barbour graduated before the schools were integrated, but recalls a time when Martin Luther King came to town in 1962: “I don’t really remember (what he spoke about). The truth is, we couldn’t hear very well. We were sort of out there on the periphery. We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do. We paid more attention to the girls than to King.”
For better or worse, you will likely see more stories like this over the coming months.