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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.

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  1. Just imagine how bat s*it crazy the Republican Party is when former governor Barbour of MISSISSIPPI is the voice of reason!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 15, 2012 5:10:07 PM

  2. Is he trying to emulate Chris Christie?

    Posted by: anon | Nov 15, 2012 5:42:15 PM

  3. @ 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.

    Posted by: kerwot | Nov 15, 2012 7:48:41 PM

  4. That should have been "It is generally true that Democrats and Republicans..." rather than repeating myself. Thanks for the typing exercise anyway!

    Posted by: kerwot | Nov 15, 2012 7:59:10 PM

  5. Barbara Bush has said similar things during the primaries well before the election. Something like: "Is that all we got?"

    Posted by: simon | Nov 15, 2012 9:33:11 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: dave | Nov 16, 2012 6:38:22 AM

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