“Marsha says it’s time for me to make some money.” And with that, Haley Barbour will hitch up his own britches and head back to the nation’s capital, the place from which he cometh.

The portly man from Yazoo City, I remain convinced, returned to his native Mississippi about nine years ago to get his “bona fides.” He left (or took a leave of absence) from Barbour, Griffith and Rogers, one of D.C.’s most successful lobbying firms, with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on his mind.If the stars had aligned just right — and they almost did — Barbour would have parlayed his masterful strategic skills in politics and raising money into a bid for the White House.

But without a record of effective public service in elective office, running for president would have been folly.

Charlie Mitchell
1/3/12