Is Haley Barbour the GOP’s hope for 2012?

If Republicans score what looms as a substantial victory in November’s elections, one GOP leader will have a special reason to celebrate.

For Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, orchestrating a Republican comeback against a freshman Democratic president would be, in the words of Yogi Berra, “déjà vu all over again.”

In 1994, when Republicans overturned a prior Democratic Congress , Barbour chaired the Republican National Committee. This time, he heads the Republican Governors Association, where his fundraising prowess has fueled GOP state campaigns and helped other races.

Acclaimed by Politico as the “most powerful Republican in American politics,” Barbour concedes he may seek the goal that eluded Republicans after their 1994 triumph: the White House.

Dallas Morning News
9/15/10