‘Lame duck’ year for Barbour

Gov. Haley Barbour is the kingpin of state government, the one to whom others look when deciding whether to stand or roll over on any major issue – and Barbour hardly ever rolls.

Entering his lame-duck year, his colleagues in the Legislature don’t expect a much different Barbour.

“I don’t expect that Gov. Barbour understands or perceives or expects or knows what the term ‘lame duck’ means whatsoever,” said House Minority Leader Mark Baker, R-Brandon.

Barbour may have systematically tipped the balance of power in the state. “Gov. Barbour has not followed the old patterns,” said Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.

Clarion Ledger