SID SALTER: Barbour explains leadership, gridlock: Salter

“Good leaders understand if you expect somebody to be responsible for something, you have to give them the authority to get done what it takes to achieve the responsibility,” said Barbour. “You’ve got to accept responsibility when things go wrong, even if it’s not your fault. If you are the leader, you’ve got to step up to the plate.”

Then Barbour talked about the nation’s current political climate.

“About 350 of the seats in the U.S. House aren’t contested from a partisan standpoint,” said Barbour. “So candidates aren’t concerned about appealing to the middle. They aren’t concerned about getting beat in the primaries. So, Republicans now run to keep anyone from getting to the right of them and Democrats run to keep anyone from getting to the left of them — and we’ve kind of hollowed out the middle.”

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