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Run, Haley, Run!


Is Haley Barbour really going to run for the GOP nomination in 2012?  I hope so; the modern neo-Confederate+Corporate Lobbyist Republican Party might as well have a definitive standard-bearer:

As Barbour recalls it in a new profile in The Weekly Standard, things weren’t so bad in his hometown of Yazoo City, which took until 1970 to integrate its schools (though the final event itself is said to have gone on peacefully). For example, Barbour says that there was no problem of Ku Klux Klan activity in the town — thanks to the Citizens Council movement, an organization that was founded on the basis of resistance to integration and the promotion of white supremacy.

“You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK,” said Barbour. “Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you’d lose it. If you had a store, they’d see nobody shopped there. We didn’t have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City.”

If you define “state-sponsored terrorism in defense of lawlessness and apartheid” as a benign “organization of town leaders,” I’m not sure what else I can say. But Barbour will continue to lock in the CCC’s support

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  • joe from Lowell

    OK, fine, Barbour’s a wingnut, a throwback. I’m not going to defend him on his attitudes towards race.

    But give the man his due: he’s spent his entire career trying to keep a lid on them Duke boys. That must count for something.

    • Warren Terra

      Haven’t seen the show in decades, but didn’t he also harass their hot sister? That’s red-blooded masculinity the Republicans can get behind, none of this “let Gay folks risk their lives for their country” nonsense!

  • A fitting post for Treason in Defense of Slavery Day!

  • norbizness

    (doing high pitched nasal-voiced skinny-headed attorney voice from THe Simpsons): I represent the estate of Gailard Sartain…

    • DrDick

      A bit premature as he is still alive and a fine upstanding boy from NE Oklahoma. He got his start with a late night movie show on one of the Tulsa stations, which entertained me greatly in high school and as an undergraduate.

      • norbizness

        I thought he should have gotten Best Supporting Actor consideration for THe Grifters, or maybe Ernest Needs a Kidney.

  • DrDick

    He really does embody the modern Republican Party in so many ways, doesn’t he?

    • Bill Murray

      Democrats have the Big Tent, Republicans the Big Gut

  • howard

    what’s fascinating to me is the extent to which these clowns still want to pretend that all was hunky-dory prior to the decade from brown v. board to the civil rights and voting rights acts. it would be the easiest thing in the world to say i once was lost but now i’m found, but no: concede nothing. rewrite history. lie.

    • Bart

      A book came out 3-4 years ago about the bondage and defacto slavery that went on in the South during the first 5-6 decades of the 20th Century. It described how sheriffs would arrest local “vagrants” and in order to pay off their fine turn them over to local mills and farmers to work off their often endless debt.

      Can anyone recall the name of this book?

      • DrDick

        I know the book you are talking about, but cannot remember the title. This was a fairly common system through out the South of renting out chain gangs to work on private plantations. Worked both at the local and state level.

        • Jinny

          It’s called Slavery by Another Name, its pretty interesting.

  • Malaclypse

    Obviously, this shows that Democrats are the Real Racists.

  • Simple Mind

    Oh, we got trubble,,
    right here in Yazoo City
    With a Capital B,
    and that rhymes with C,
    and that stands for Barbour.

  • joejoejoe

    Why not just run an oily pile of money in a suit?

    • Holden Pattern

      Is that not the subject under discussion?

    • Scott Lemieux

      Why not just run an oily pile of money in a suit?

      It’s already worked for them twice, so why not?

      • Warren Terra

        Yes, but this time it’s more blatantly pile-shaped. And I say that as a man of unnecessary girth myself.

  • Snarki, child of Loki

    CCC may not be KKK, but it certainly rhymes.

    And if the nostalgic conservitards want the 50’s back, they can start by reimposing the tax rates from the 50’s.

    Or they we can go back to the tax rates of the 80’s and have more racial equality. Or the 90’s and have more sexual equality. If you want the 00’s, you get side order of gender equality with it.

    • The CCC just wants to defend Asgard from the blackity, black, blacks:

      Marvel has a history of advocating for the left-wing. In early 2010 they even used their Captain America comic to attack the TEA Party movement. Marvel front man Stan “Lee” Lieber personally funds left-wing political candidates. Now Marvel has inserted left-wing social engineering into European mythology, casting a black man to play a Norse deity.

      • Thor wasn’t a clean-shaven blond dude in the mythology, either. He was bearded redhead. If they’re that big sticklers for accuracy, you’d think that’d be brought up, too.

  • Davis

    Since I attended college in Louisiana during the 60s, I remember that the organization was called the White Citizens Council, not just Citizens Council.

  • CJR

    Darn liberal media printing the words that come out of their mouths!

    Wait, the Weekly Wha???

  • Matt

    I eagerly await Mr. Barbour’s explanation of why the Taliban doesn’t correspondingly count as “just an organization of tribal leaders”.

  • cleter

    He’ll make a fine running-mate for Palin.

  • Rob

    So who will be the first to get Micheal Steele’s reaction?

  • Simple Mind

    Here in south Georgia, there seems to be an inordinate number of people driving around with a crescent+palmetto symbol on their cars. Has this replaced the Confederate Flag?

    • That just means they’re from South Carolina and, consequently, with a higher probability of being a deranged redneck goober.

  • Concerning the crescent moon & Ay-rab palm tree, a bit o’ weblog pimpin’.

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