Wednesday, September 5, 2007

More from the GOP VP Horserace

Last week we brought you a couple of names that apparently are (but have no business being) on the long list for the Vice President slot on the Republican party's '08 ticket. Today we bring another name:

Haley Barbour.

Yup, the same Haley Barbour we've been indirectly (and directly) speaking of while discussing the Iyad Allawi power grab in Iraq.

Go back and read the Steve Clemons post we linked to last month (again, in case you missed it, here) and read how he's managed to save Mississippi from the ravages from Hurricane Katrina. Because of Barbour status former chairman of the RNC and as a veritable supernova in the lobbyist universe he was able to wrangle a disproportionate chunk of federal funds marked for hurricane relief back to his home state.

If he is chosen as the running mate, he'll likely run hard as the competence governor that was able to clean his state up after the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. That angle will especially be useful for the Republican if they plan on diverting reminders of just how poorly Pres. Bush performed during the storm.

Of all the names being floated around for the VP slot, Barbour's is probably the one to beat. He's the consummate insider in a party that loves a coronation and since they're not actually going to get to crown the man running for the top spot this year, they may just as well revert back to form to select his running mate.

So, to recap:

Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty and Mike Huckabee ... all possibilities.

Tommy Frank ... not a prayer.

Bill Bennet ... seriously, why do conservatives put up with such suggestions?

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