Thursday, March 3, 2011

Another Barbour Fail: Mississippi Republican Remembers Events that Didn't Happen

Good ole boy Haley Barbour of Mississippi—once the head of the Republican National Committee—has once again misremembered the civil rights era in his home state.

Barbour, who would love to be president and who campaigned in Oklahoma last year for Gov. Mary Fallin, claims to have attended a speech by Martin Luther King Jr., but it's a mystery speech.

Civil Rights historians who keep up with such things have cast doubt on Barbour's memory, pointing out that King did not give a speech at the time and place that Barbour (mis)remembers.

The mystery speech is one more revisionist detail in Barbour's personal history, a history that looks a lot better in his memory than in actual fact. The damning details are here.

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