Barbour’s future rides on the other ‘civil war’ in the GOP

Haley Barbour’s ability to bridge the gap between establishment Republicans and the more conservative, more dogmatic tea party movement will have infinitely more to do with how far the Mississippi governor’s GOP primary bid goes and the level of success it achieves than will the question of race.

Race is and has been the bane of many a Southern contender for the U.S. presidency. Ask George Wallace. Ask even more liberal Democrats like Jimmy Carter.

Sid Salter
Clarion Ledger
3/2/11