Lessons from Barbour

In sum, Mississippi can address pardon fiascos without overhauling its Constitution or rejecting what the Founding Fathers considered an important feature of our system of checks and balances and separation of powers. Mr. Barbour well deserves his share of the blame. But dread and circumspection can (and should) be created by a well-represented public that cares, a process that is transparent and an attentive press.

PS Ruckman
Clarion Ledger
2/12/12