Haley Barbour Fails to Hide Animus,
Inadvertently Exposing Own Entrails
Guys, does the psych prof ever ask you to define projection? And do you
have to come up with some lame-o guess because you dont really know? Well, next
time just tell him its like when Haley Barbour asks Haley Barbour what Haley
Barbour would do if Haley Barbour was James M. Jeffords, which he is not.
Instead James M. Jeffords is a United States Senator, and on May 24 he
gave a speech to his Vermont constituents in which he said:
Increasingly I find myself in disagreement with my party. I understand that
many people are more conservative than I am, and they form the Republican Party.
Given the changing nature of the national party, it has become a struggle for our
leaders to deal with me and for me to deal with them. Indeed the partys electoral
success has underscored the dilemma that I face within the party. In the past, without
the presidency, the various wings of the Republican Party in Congress have had some
freedom to argue and influence and ultimately to shape the partys agenda
The election of President Bush changed that dramatically.
We dont live in a parliamentary system, but it is only natural to expect that
people who have been honored with positions of leadership will largely support the
presidents agenda. And yet, more and more, I find I cannot.
Those who dont know me may have thought I took pleasure in resisting the
presidents budget or that I enjoyed the limelight. Nothing could be further from
the truth. I had serious, substantive reservations about that budget, as you all know,
and the decisions it set in place for the future. Looking ahead, I can see more and
more instances where I will disagree with the president on very fundamental
issues---the issues of choice, the direction of the judiciary, tax and spending decisions,
missile defense, energy and the environment and a host of other issues, large and
The largest, for me, is education. I come from the state of Justin Smith Morrill, a U.S.
Senator from Vermont who gave America its land-grant college system. His Republican
Party stood for opportunity for all, for opening the doors of public school education
to every American child. Now, for some, success seems to be measured by the number of
students moved out of the public schools.
In order to best represent my state of Vermont, my own conscience and principles I have
stood for my whole life, I will leave the Republican Party and become an independent...
Unlike many of his fellow Republicans, Haley Barbour, a former party
chairman who is close to the White House, did not hide his animus. He accused
Mr. Jeffords of defecting because he wanted a better committee assignment and
knew the Republican hold on the Senate was fragile. Everything Jeffords
has done serves his own selfish interest, Mr. Barbour said.