Haley Barbour Takes Over RGA

With Mark Sanford resigning in disgrace, the Republican Governor’s Association needed a replacement.  They didn’t wait long:

The Republican Governors Association just announced that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour — already “in line” to take the chairmanship of the RGA — has assumed it.

” As a former RNC chairman and one of the best governors in the country, no one is better positioned to takeover as RGA chairman than Governor Barbour,” executive director Nick Ayers said in a statement.

Barbour is also a 2012 contender who sees the virtue of keeping his profile, for now, comfortably low, and one of the best-respected political minds in the Republican Party.

That didn’t take long.

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Comments

  1. Pete Burgess says:

    The Republican Party will not benefit from the selection of Barbour. Same ‘ole, same ‘ole.

  2. superdestroyer says:

    In a few years the Republican governors will be able to meet in a phone booth. It is hard to find a group that has demonstrated such incompetence.

  3. Derrick says:

    Oh yes, having a Chairman who was is a fan favorite of everyone’s favorite neo-Confederate organization the Council of Concerned Conservatives should be very helpful in attracting those non-whites back to the party.

  4. An Interested Party says:

    I suspect that the RGA will be the only national entity that Barbour will be taking over anytime soon…

  5. Steve Plunk says:

    Whoa. Barbour bashing time I see. Let me counter with how admirably Barbour handled the Katrina disaster while his neighboring state floundered. Seems like a smart guy with a good presence in front of the cameras. I think it’s a good choice and good for the party.

  6. Anderson says:

    Let me counter with how admirably Barbour handled the Katrina disaster while his neighboring state floundered.

    Which of course had nothing to do with Barbour’s being a Republican, while his Louisiana colleague was a Democrat, under an administration that treated EVERYTHING as a partisan issue.

  7. Michael says:

    Let me counter with how admirably Barbour handled the Katrina disaster while his neighboring state floundered.

    Louisiana did mostly alright after Katrina, it was New Orleans that was a disaster. Mississippi didn’t have anything comparable along the storm’s path.

  8. floyd says:

    “And now for something totally different…..”

  9. just me says:

    I think you forget that the eye of Katrina hit Mississippi and when it hit, New Orleans thought it had been spared the worst. It was only after the levee broke and flooding began that New Orleans became the center of the story.

    Many Mississippi towns were utterly demolished by Katrina. Other than New Orleans Louisianna wasnt nearly as damaged or devastated.

    Just because the story and focus in the news media was New Orleans, don’t forget that damage wise the entire state of Mississippi was ravaged by the hurricane. there were just over 300 deaths in the state of Mississippi.

  10. Michael says:

    I think you forget that the eye of Katrina hit Mississippi and when it hit

    I didn’t forget that, I said that Mississippi didn’t have anything comparable to NO, not that it didn’t get hit.

    It was only after the levee broke and flooding began that New Orleans became the center of the story.

    One of many things about NO that proves my point. Biloxi, the closest comparison that can be made to NO, is almost a 30ft elevation advantage.