“But the election is going to be decided by a few million people, most of whom voted for Obama last time but have the same level of buyer’s remorse as ticket purchasers on the Titanic.” Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour.
I think nominating Mitt puts the GOP on a path toward the metaphorical iceberg.
In today’s Politico story, “Haley Barbour Says GOP Primary in Disarray,” author Darren Goode quotes Barbour as saying he decided not to run for president last April because he didn’t want to commit himself for ten years (two years to run and two terms):
“And I couldn’t get myself to the point of where I had the ability to say, I want to do this to the exclusion of everything else, for the next ten years, because that’s the commitment, ten years.”
The article ends there, with no alternative explanation of why Barbour may have decided not to run. But back in November 2011, Politico reported that Barbour didn’t run because of opposition research done by his own team, including “material…so embarrassing that Barbour was briefed in private” by Scott Reed, his most senior aide.