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Jump onto the Barbour train at your own risk

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Call it ignorance or call it brazen.  Either way, you have to call it dumb.  Haley Barbour makes his case for his potential candidacy:

But let me just make this very plain. I’m a lobbyist, a politician, and a lawyer. You know, that the trifecta. And I am willing to have my record in front of everybody.

Meanwhile, as a lobbyist, he and his firm pushed for amnesty:

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour made the case Sunday on Fox News that his career as a high-powered federal lobbyist for domestic corporations and foreign governments would be an asset if he ran for President in 2012.

Barbour may be eager to showcase his record, but one of Barbour’s foreign lobbying clients could cause him some troubles in the 2012 Republican primary, if he decides to run. According to a State Department filing by Barbour’s former lobbying firm, The Embassy of Mexico decided to retain Barbour’s services on August 15, 2001, to work on, among other things, legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for foreigners living illegally in the United States—what opponents of immigration reform call “amnesty.”

So there you have it.  Barbour’s literally sold out on behalf of shamnesty, while admitting that he’s a bona fide lobbyist/politician.  Meanwhile he’s trying to win the hearts of conservatives and Republican voters, in the middle of a Tea Party revolt that is shunning career politicians.  And he’s also an older, white and portly Mississippi native with a deep Southern accent. 

Good luck with that.

UPDATE.  Behold a Memeorandum thread!

UPDATE.  Robert Stacy McCain on Barbour’s previous endeavors:

That will go over real good with GOP primary voters in Iowa, I’m sure.

Indeed.