POLITICO reports on Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s stellar fundraising as head of the Republican Governors Association. The former RNC chairman remains a top party leader and is said to be considering a presidential bid in 2012.
What would Barbour’s strengths and weaknesses as a presidential contender be? What advantages or disadvantages would he have over prospective GOP primary rivals, and how might he stack up against President Obama in the 2012 general election?
Alvin S. Felzenberg
Author, “The Leaders We Deserved” :
Barbour would enter the 2012 presidential contest with a much-deserved reputation for intelligence, common sense, and competence. The skill with which he handled crises that hit his region-such as Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf when others, including presidents, were floundering, will also put him in good stead. Haley’s self-deprecating wit and genuine likability will attract considerable (and free) media attention. And, as you say, he is a proven fundraiser.
Barbour would need to demonstrate bonafides in the foreign policy and national security arenas. That, though, should not prove a difficult challenge for him, given how else he has mastered in what has been to date an extraordinary career. He is an extraordinary quick study.
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