America Not Ready for Racially Insensitive Redneck for President: Haley Barbour Bows Out

April 26, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), can now proudly display his confederate flag signed by Jefferson Davis and sport a KKK license plate in peace. The Deep Southern “Boss Hog” character with a controversial history of making racially insensitive statements, announced yesterday he would not be running for president. He said, he doesn’t have the “absolute fire in the belly” needed for a grueling bid for the White House. Political realities also played a huge role in his decision. Barbour was trailing badly in the polls. It seems America is not ready to embrace, as presidential material, a corpulent Southern redneck holding controversial racial views. Who knew?

In his statement, Barbour wrote that Americans deserve “total certainty” from a presidential candidate.

“A candidate for president today is embracing a ten-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else. His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required,” wrote Barbour.

Politico published a lengthy piece on the reasons behind Barbour’s decision, but only alluded to his well documented problems with race, by framing the issue as merely one of appearances.

“There were also nagging concerns among GOP insiders about the prospect of nominating a deep-South governor with an accent matching his Delta roots to take on the country’s first black president.”

“Barry Wynn, a former South Carolina Republican chairman, put it politely after hearing Barbour speak in the state earlier this month: “There’s a perception that he might be more of a regional candidate.”’

In fact, Barbour’s problems with race go way beyond his Southern “accent.”

As ChattahBox previously reported:

“Barbour, who is known for making racially insensitive comments and engaging in revisionist history of the Confederacy and the segregated South, was true to form in a new Weekly Standard profile. He not only praised the White Supremacist Citizens’ Councils, but he also fluffed off the racial segregation of the Jim Crow era, as not “being that bad.” Sure, it probably wasn’t all that bad if you were white.”

The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart got it right.

“We all know he has a blind spot the size of the Confederate flag when it comes to race, the civil rights movement and his place during that turbulent time in the South and the United States,” wrote Capehart.

He added that if Barbour doesn’t have “enough fire in the belly,” to deliver “an honest speech on race from his perspective” that could heal the racial divide in our country, “then he’s just done himself and the nation a huge favor.”

Indeed. Thank you Mr. Barbour.

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