Vicksburg Post – Barbour’s run is history

VICKSBURG — Haley Barbour announced he would not seek the Republican nomination for president. He had hinted for months that he would run, visiting early primary states. Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire. Early polling had him near the bottom of possible Republican challengers to the first black president in the nation’s history, Barack Obama.

Even winning the nomination would have been a monumental effort. Barbour is portly, albeit a bit less than when he began his efforts earlier this year. He speaks with a deep Southern drawl. He’s white. And he is from Mississippi. On the national level, add those up and it equals a non-starter.

What a shame.

Vicksburg Post
5/5/11