Barbour Heads South on Afghanistan

It’s never been clear to me exactly what niche Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is seeking to fill in the wide open 2012 GOP presidential race other, that is, than the Deep South veteran lobbyist niche. That’s the sort of profile that makes implausible candidates like Mitt Romney, who must carry his Massachusetts version of ObamaCare around on his shoulders like Atlas shlepping the globe, look somewhat plausible. But Barbour, whose reputation as one of the most competent governors in the country is offset by his corn-pone Confederate drawl and K Street instincts, is apparently experimenting with an approach that certainly runs against type for a Southern conservative: the GOP dove.

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Barbour Heads South on Afghanistan

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