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Meet The Gop's Fresh New Face


Chris Cilizza reports on the top five Republican 2012 presidential contenders. I was struck by number 4:

4. Haley Barbour: The Mississippi governor is, without a doubt, the
most critical behind-the-scenes strategist in the Republican Party at
the moment. Barbour's experience as Republican National Committee
chairman in the early 1990s is seen as essential to bringing back the
party once again. Is Barbour a potential 2012 candidate? Conventional
wisdom seems to be moving from "no" to "yes."

Haley Barbour? This Haley Barbour? There are people who think that the solution to the GOP's image problem is to nominate a sleazy, corpulent, cigar-chomping lobbyist from the Deep South? Is Boss Hogg unavailable?

--Jonathan Chait


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