Haley Barbour Passes on 2012 Bid

April 25 – Like Cosmo Kramer in “The Contest,” Mississippi Governor, Haley Barbour is out.  The Bench Jockeys considered Barbour a mid-level contender for the 2012 Republican nomination and as a result of today’s announcement, the current money lines must be assessed.  We detected that there was likely some blood in the water when the media began to scrutinize Barbour’s days as a lobbyist, but we did not expect him to fold this early.   

As for ripple impacts on the remaining 34 potential candidates, The Bench Jockeys are tweaking Gingrich, Huckabee and Daniels.  With Barbour out,  Huckabee and Gingrich remains the only “southerners” in the race.  (We know Newt was born in Pennsylvania, but he is a Georgia boy and we see him doing well from Louisiana to South Carolina.  And we also know that Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal are on our list and are in leadership positions in southern sates, but none of them qualify as “southerners.”)  Huckabee has a tough decision to make since a declaration of candidacy would result in the suspension of his Fox News deal, but Barbour’s withdraw helps Big Mike.  But it is Mitch Daniels who gets the biggest boost from the departure of former RNC Chair Barbour since the old school Barbour fundraising machine would find an ideologically compatible and more than willing war-chest in the Daniels camp. 

NOTE:  Look for Ron Paul to announce his interest in one last run for the nomination in the next 24 hours.

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One Response to “Haley Barbour Passes on 2012 Bid”

  1. Mrs. Earl Gray Says:

    Nicely timed call on Ron Paul.


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