Haley Barbour Named ‘Most Powerful Republican’

Bookmark and Share    The following newsblast was issued by Newsmax.com.  White House 2012 is in not in the habit of posting the works of other internet editorial organizations but I have chosen to pass on this gem from Newsmax because the opinions provided in it regarding Haley Barbour, confirm the validity of the opinions offered here in regards to  Haley Barbour and 2012. 

Interestingly, while we are more than 26 months out from the 2012 presidential election, although the mainstream media seems to be unaware of Haley Barbour’s rise to prominence, much of the blogosphere like Politico.com and Newsmax.com and most political inner circles  are.

The following from Newsmax, helps make it clear why and how Barbour is on the rise;

“Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has more political clout than any Republican in the country — at least until the November elections.

That’s because he runs the Republican Governors Association and several state-based PACs, and has more money to spend on the 2010 elections — $40 million — than any other GOP leader.

Barbour’s behind-the-scenes fundraising efforts recently landed a $1 million contribution from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., and more than twice that amount from Bob Perry, the Texas businessman who funded the Swift Boat attacks in 2004.

Barbour’s RGA matched the Republican National Committee in fundraising in the last quarter, thanks in part to dissatisfaction with RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Politico disclosed in an article headlined “The most powerful Republican in politics.”

Republican strategist Ed Rollins recently called Steele “a disaster” and said he has “failed miserably” at fundraising.

Meanwhile, Barbour is “clearly the top political strategist and political operative of his generation,” said Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a former RNC chief of staff.

“He is without peer when he is raising money.”

The RGA and state-based PACs can accept unlimited donations from corporations and individuals, while the RNC and other federal committees cannot, adding to Barbour’s clout.

And winning governorships is particularly important this year, because governors will play a major role in the redistricting that will occur in 2011 and 2012 following this year’s census. So helping to elect GOP governors “will have an impact way beyond the 2010 election,” Politico observes.

In addition to helping his fellow Republicans, Barbour could also be laying the groundwork for a presidential run in 2012.

He currently polls way behind potential candidates Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. But his logic “is simple,” an adviser told Politico. “When he surveys what most Republicans consider to be a weak field, he sees no reason he couldn’t easily beat them.”

Posted by Newsmax.com, 8/22/10,   

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One Response

  1. Shush yo’ mouth!

    Letting the Cat outta’ the bag!
    🙂

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