Maybe it all boiled down to race, after all.
You may recall my reaction to the announcement by Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) that he would not seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. It was one of disappointment. A Barbour candidacy would have forced the good old boy to give a speech on race to rival then-Sen. Barack Obama’s masterful oration during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
In my post, I said that no matter what Barbour said it would have been fascinating. And then I asked, “[W]hat if this speech were part of Barbour’s problem going forward? What if he were unable to write and/or give an honest speech on race from his perspective that sought to explain and heal?” To be honest, I thought I was out on a limb with those queries. But a piece by Jason Zengerle on GQ.com raises the distinct possibility that I hit the nail on the head.