Haley Barbour’s Pardongate

CNN reports MS Attorney General Jim Hood has obtained a temporary injunction against Barbour’s pardons, based on MS Constitution’s requirement of 30 days publication prior to pardon. A full hearing will occur Jan. 23.

Lots of good local coverage and commentary at these links.

Cottonmouth

North Mississippi Commentor

Jackson Free Press

Jackson Jambalaya

Clarion Ledger

I still can’t fathom what Barbour was thinking. His own Republicans have turned on him over this. He is a national Republican Establishment figure, even a suggested Presidential and VP candidate, and he has just given his party – which drapes itself in the ‘tough on crime’ mantra – a huge black eye going into the November elections. This is hitting all the national papers and was the lead story on the NBC nightly news last night.

The sole Democrat elected to state-wide office in Mississippi, third-term Attorney General Jim Hood, is lambasting Barbour without pause:

“He’s tried to rule the state like Boss Hogg and he didn’t think the law applied to him,” Attorney General Jim Hood told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Wednesday.

Barbour has always been widely viewed as a smart and calculating political animal, but if so, his risk-reward meter seems to have badly malfunctioned. He has destroyed whatever good will he had in Mississippi, and deservedly so. I doubt whether he can hide from this in his D.C. lobbying firm. How anyone can ever mistake him for a serious person again, I don’t know.

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