Harry Barbour Out
Haley Barbour announced that he would not for President.
"I will not be a candidate for president next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”
A candidate for president today is embracing a 10-year commitment to an all-consuming effort, to the virtual exclusion of all else,” Mr. Barbour said. “His (or her) supporters expect and deserve no less than absolute fire in the belly from their candidate. I cannot offer that with certainty, and total certainty is required.”
A major reason Barbour is not running is that his PAC raised only $1,081,643. Haley's PAC has $391,610 on hand. That level of fundraising would not be able to compete with President Barack Obama in a general election.
Another problem for Barbour is he spoke to the Council for Conservative Citizens. Scan the Council for Conservative Citizens' web site and you can quickly figure out it is a white supremacy group. The web site features a link to "Boycott Thor". Apparently, the Council of Conservative Citizens is in an uproar over black actor Idris Elba (Stringer Bell in The Wire) playing a Norse God in Thor. The Council for Conservative Citizens are racists and comic book geeks. Getting laid isn't high on their agenda.
The Council also has the Derek Black Radio Show on their blogroll. Black is the son of former Klu Klux Klan grand wizard Don Black.
Barbour's racist history would kill him running against a sitting black president. And deservingingly so. Good riddance to the Barbour presidential campaign.