Haley Barbour: Out-Of-Touch GOP Needs Proctology Exam

Haley-BarbourRepublican leaders from coast-to-coast are scrambling as they try to figure out how the GOP, comprised mostly of older white men, can adapt to the nation’s rapidly changing demographics. The simple answer is to stop alienating growing populations, like black, Latino and LGBT Americans.

But Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, however, is suggesting something a bit more complicated: a proctology exam.

Trying to make light of what could be a devastating scenario for his ideological peers, Barbour, speaking before the Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas, said, “The ground game is really important, and we have to be, I mean we’ve got
to give our political organizational activity a very serious…. Proctology exam.
We need to look everywhere.”

Yes, perhaps a political reality that has been staring you in the face for at least 8 years is where the sun don’t shine, rather than on Main Street America.

Barbour went on, according to CNN, “We can catch up in four years doing this. This isn’t rocket
science, but it is hard work that we can’t wait and start in 2016.”

The first step, as Barbour recently pointed out on MSNBC, is don’t have “sh***y” candidates.


  1. Craig Fox says

    They might also notice that certain parts of the male anatomy fit exactly into different holes, and the fit is an excellent one. That necessarily implies that humans were designed to receive the banana shaped part into all of the holes of both sexes, both front and back. It cannot be a coincidence. Talk about intelligent design!

  2. Jere says

    It’s refreshing to finally hear GOPers addressing these issues within their own party, but where were these voices a year ago? Romney was a terrible candidate (as were all the GOP hopefuls this cycle)last week and he was a terrible candidate last year. Why wasn’t Barbour, et al. speaking up then? This country needs a reasonable and rational opposition to work properly and, for the past few years, the GOP has been neither.

  3. Esther Blodgett says

    Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, a state that ranks at or near the bottom of every quality of life issue in the US, and is not ashamed of this; that Haley Barbour is lecturing anyone about anything means you really are in deep, deep trouble.

  4. Esther Blodgett says

    Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi, a state that ranks at or near the bottom of every quality of life issue in the US, and is not ashamed of this; that Haley Barbour is lecturing anyone about anything means you really are in deep, deep trouble.

  5. great white dope? says

    OK, now tell me how Paul Ryan is the great white hope of the GOP.

    They actually think I guy who bases his economic views on having read an Ayn Rand novel is an intellectual. (Mr. Greenspan must get a tingle of schadenfreude over that (being an ancient acolyte of the young Ayn)).

  6. Paul R says

    The GOP was once not a hideous embarrassment. No one I would have voted for, but they had principles. That hasn’t been the case for a very long time.

    Who would possibly vote for them today? No informed minority. Few young people. They kill themselves with nearly everything they say. They don’t seem to realize that it’s not 1970. Yes, there are a lot of red states. None of them where anyone would really want to live.

  7. e.c. says

    Haley, your “sh*itty” candidates as you called them were all the choice of your whacked out base and are a perfect reflection of where you are as a party. They lost because the MAJORITY of Americans don’t share your 1950’s view of the world.

  8. Diogenes Arktos says

    I was intrigued by one CNN sentence: “Like other Republicans in recent days, Barbour stressed the importance of being more inclusive to Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities.” You’re right, Gus, no explicit mention of women. Note, Andrew, no explicit mention of LGBT. At least The Last Word did explicity deal with women even if it didn’t mention LGBT. I am absolutely amazed at some of the death-bed conversions I heard. Good luck changing *anything* significant by 2016.

  9. jamal49 says

    Probably not a bad idea, Governor Barbour.

    But first you’re going to have to pull Republicans’ heads out their anuses in order to do that.

    Also, see if Grover Norquist is available once you do that since he seems to know a lot about, uh, “poopy-heads”.

  10. Rick says

    Listen to all of you gloating.

    Romney was absolutely right when he said that the Democratic Party won by basically promising things to different groups….there is no common thread amongst these groups except that Republicans would not give them everything that they wanted…..or in some cases, anything that they wanted.

    Over the long term, however, if Republicans follow suit and pander to the non-white elements of the population the way Democrats have, then you are going to see immigration from the Third World in the kind of massive amounts that make the current situation look mild by comparison.

    The temptation of desperately poor people to come to America and take advantage of entitlements is enormous. And once a threshold has been reached–and it probably already has been–a deluge will be inevitable.

    Which will destroy the country’s viability as an economic competitor on the world stage….and will result in it being surpassed by Russia, China, Brazil, and many other countries, whose demographics will remain favorable for economic success.

    Not to mention that the overwhelming majority of these immigrants will be deeply homophobic, since outside of Western Europe and the places where most people are descended from Western Europeans, homophobia remains the entrenched norm.

    And once they have become the majority, they will be able to ignore the concerns of white liberals and homophobia will re-assert itself in America with a vengeance.

    That is what you have to look forward to.

  11. says

    for the GOP to drop its anti-gay and anti-woman policies would mean they need to start being upfront and honest about the realities of their fiscal, taxation and healthcare policies.

    it aint likely.

    there’s a reason every country around the world has “the party” that runs on “Jesus Hates Gays and Abortions” campaigns – to trick the non-wealthy into voting against their own best interests.

  12. ratbastard says

    The black population is not growing, it’s flat or experiencing slight increases.

    The gay population is stagnant. There isn’t some sudden explosion of gay people.

    The Latino and Asian populations are growing.

    Contrary to popular belief, the ‘white’ population is also growing.

    The population of older adults is rapidly growing, probably the fastest growing demographic in the country.

    The population of females in higher education attainment is far out pacing males. This is causing serious social problems.

  13. ratbastard says

    I should add:

    The population center of the U.S. has of course shifted west and south. That’s not to say the northeast for example is losing population, it’s not, and it’s still the most densely populated region of the country. But, the historically under populated south and west have exploded in growth over the past 40 years. And the ‘Hispanic’, specifically Mexican as opposed to the traditional eastern Hispanic population of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, is seeing considerable influence in the economic, political, cultural life of the country as a whole.

  14. Rick says

    @RATBASTARD The simple truth of the matter is that the vast majority of the country sees absolutely no reason to be attached to the Northeast corridor or California, any more, with the populations of the latter increasingly consisting overwhelmingly of non-white non-Western immigrants and their descendants with whom they (the vast majority of the country) have absolutely nothing in common.

    There is no way in hell that the bulk of the country is going to surrender its autonomy and have policies set for it by a bunch of Guatemalan/Bangladeshi/Cambodians living a 1000 or 2000 miles away from them.

    A country has to have SOMETHING to hold it together and much of America has decided that they simply is not the case with them and the large metropolitan areas on the Eastern seaboard and on the West Coast.

    This is what has caused such polarization of the country and it is absolutely untenable and unsustainable.

  15. says

    @Rick & Ratbastard – You got one point right, the GOP has nothing to offer people that don’t fit into a narrow affluent, white male box. Surprise, surprise, there’s more of us.

    Can you actually hear yourselves? You both are pretty much the epitome of why us “non-white” people will favour your competition. We don’t need pandering to, our issues are just as valid. Dismissing citizens who made the leap to immigrate or are born of other ethnic groups as “Third World” and “poor” is exactly the disgusting rhetoric that proves how limited your vision is.

    We aren’t taking advantage of anyone’s entitlements, in fact we are entitled to them too. How dare you blame the problems on demographics and some detached notion of trends. You want real trends? These days homophobia isn’t being championed by the left, but firmly on the reactionary right. The GOP and many conservative parties of the world seem to have no concept of other people, their cultures, and the possibility they have similar goals and aspirations as anyone else in coming to your countries. Nor do they want to take things AWAY from you but wish to share in the same benefit, and be treated with the respect and dignity that everyone else is due. Things like the rising education of women and the influx of immigration are things that should be seen as hopeful signs, things that enrich the culture rather than amounts to a threat. And if you do see it as a threat it sounds as if you aren’t up to the competition. Is that version of the free market one of those vague “serious problems”?

    I hate to break it to you, but the fall of the States economic power has little to do with the immigrants; the same folk often shouldered with low-paying work and kept poor because they don’t have access to the privileges of born-citizens like an equivalent education. Just take a look at the executives willing to outsource to the countries you listed. It’s not ethnic minorities, it’s greed from a very exclusive and predominantly white male management, willing to sell the rope with which to hang themselves and their employees in the name of personal profit.

    I will admit you’re right on a second point: we do have little in common. Some of us don’t underestimate ourselves or the skill of others that may and may not look like us. Nor do we see people as things to toy with in political games for power. Until you realize that is the real source of political polarization and actual problems in the system, then your fantasy of having “SOMETHING” (being race) to hold the United States together is the real untenable proposition.

  16. ratbastard says


    I’m not a republican, but your post is bullsh*t. There are many Republican women and female Republican politicians, and there are many ‘minority’ Republicans, from Asians and Hispanic to even black. I would agree though that Democrats like giving stuff to ‘poor’ people [to buy favor,of course]along with favors to special interest groups and big business interest who lobby them, Republicans only give favor to big business and a few other special interest groups.

  17. says

    @ Ratbastard – I’m not discounting the fact that there are minorities, poor, and women, who support and are Republicans. Much of what is being put forth as platform doesn’t consider their welfare in the slightest, beyond a dogmatic myth that they already have equal rights, that there are no existing limitations to their ability to succeed or new ones popping up.

    My intent was less to tackle your loose analysis of demographics, and more on Rick’s unsettling racism. We aren’t abstract things to make assumptions about. You can look at it as buying favour in some strange dystopian image of a political economy all you want, other people are going to view it as establishing equal footing. Pundits like Bill O’Reilly whose talking points you’ve rephrased quite succinctly like to toss about “giving stuff” and “entitlements”, as an argument to demean people, especially without understanding the problems they face or what puts people in that position. Pandering, empty promises, and thoughtless policy doesn’t win hearts and minds, the 2012 election is an indictment of the nonsense that the GOP and its candidate have come to embody.

    True, both Democrats and Republicans are in the pocket of big business and interest groups which is generally true and, as you subtly implied, to different extents. Still, I do not see how the reckless interests of industry and profiteering are aligned with the benefit of my generation, the variety of people we are, and the generations to come. Democrats have been on the wrong side of history before, most notably regarding slavery, and have fortunately moved on.

    In all honesty, I’m not even American but the view from this side of the border has never been clearer. My earlier statement was that addressing racial, gender, economic, social, and political inequality isn’t really much of a “special interest”–unless, of course, the equal rights of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should be anything special.

  18. dave says

    Barbour is right on. They had their head up their ass because they sniffed too much
    :KOCH”, as in sucking all the money(and theory) from Kochs,Adelson, etc who think they can buy elections.

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