Haley Barbour is not sounding like the rational voice the Republican Party so badly needs in the wake of the thrashing it just took in the presidential election.
As a Rider of the Storm, he’s proving to be a false prophet.
The former GOP chair and two-term Mississippi governor is telling anyone who will listen that hurricane Sandy broke Mitt Romney’s momentum and gave President Obama his re-election victory.
It’s what the party faithful want to hear, and Barbour is more than glad to assist them in their delusion.
Barbour’s soothing tonic is to say it was the storm – not your candidate’s private pronouncement that he would not represent 47 percent of the country if elected or his open declaration that GM should have been left on the junk heap. Nothing to see here, just move along, Barbour says.
The dirty lowdown that Barbour is not telling the rank-and-file is that the president was on track to win in the days before the storm. The most accurate national poll in the country – the Ipsos-Reuters poll, which proved dead on the money after the vote counting — had Obama at 48 percent and Romney at 47 percent the day before the storm. Five days after the storm hit, Obama’s lead remained 1 percent.
As one political analyst put it: “Haley Barbour is a smart guy. This is not a smart idea.”