Mississippi's Republican governor, Haley "Big Boy" Barbour, would love to be president. But Barbour's plans for the White House keep getting sidetracked by Barbour's bad judgment.
Barbour, former chair of the Republican National Committee and one-time lobbyist, was in hot water recently when he downplayed the civil rights struggle in the South. As Barbour remembers the turbulent 1960s in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the problems of segregation weren't all that bad.
Barbour is from a prominent family in Yazoo City—a prominent white family. No wonder his world view was so rosy.
Now we learn that Barbour has racked up major expenses—in excess of $500,000—flying the Mississippi state jet here, there and pretty much everywhere. The full details are here.
By the way, Oklahoma Gov.-elect Mary Fallin had Barbour in Oklahoma during her successful campaign. A bit of advice for Gov. Fallin: This guy is trouble. Keep your distance.