Posted by: Joe Eds | January 4, 2010

Haley Barbour in 2012

Newsweek‘s on board with a profile piece on the current Mississippi Governor and his presidential prospects (the article is the most viewed piece on Newsweek’s site today).

To be clear, at this stage predicting 2012 candidates is about as sophisticated as throwing pasta on the wall and seeing what sticks. Many of the names tossed around (Palin, Pawlenty, Huckabee) all have viable qualities along with potential problems. There is no clear front-runner.

Barbour, as the article notes, is interesting because he 100% personifies the classic Republican image – which got walloped in 2008. He’s old, he’s portly, he’s southern and proud of it, he uses country metaphors, started a lobbying firm, very rich, a “student of Reagan”. So will the country go for the old brand? Not sure, but he’s experienced in the field of politics and raising money (very important in primaries).  We first discussed Mr. Barbour in one of our early podcasts (available here).

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