Bill Minor – Barbour having trouble shaking segregationist image – Haleywatch

Haley Barbour must be serious about making a bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, judging from the line he has been peddling to the national media that he and the Republican Party have long been supporters of civil rights and racial integration.

His pitch has been that his generation of enlightened Southern Republicans led the region’s switch from “old Democrats” who fought integration to the modern Republican Party. Either Barbour has a faulty memory or is telling outright lies to change the perception of the GOP.

Eugene Robinson, the Washington Post’s Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, writes that Barbour is selling “the biggest load of revisionist nonsense” he has ever seen.

Bill Minor