The money-changers can stay, for now

FEW politicians acquitted themselves well in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One exception was Haley Barbour, the Republican governor of Mississippi. Having spent years as the head of the Republican National Committee and as an extremely influential lobbyist, he knew how to work with Washington. He was able to elicit federal money while avoiding federal interference, and unlike several other politicians, he did not dissolve into tears on national television.

Mr Barbour is up for re-election on November 6th and will probably win, although he has taken the precaution of going negative on his opponent. John Eaves says that he is a Democrat precisely because he is a Christian, which makes him a bit unusual among Democrats, not to mention southern white Christians. He wants Mississippi schoolchildren to spend the first ten minutes of each day in prayer and to have the option of taking classes in Bible literacy. He opposes abortion, gun control and gay marriage.

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