Does Mississippi’s Governor Live on Planet Earth?
Matt | On 07, Jun 2010
My hat goes off to Eric Lach of Talking Points Memo for trying to answer a question I have been thinking in my mind since early May. Does the Mississippi governor know (or care) just how BAD the Gulf oil spill is?
The media coverage of the leak, spill, or whatever the hell you want to call the environmental disaster has been non-stop! TV, radio, blogs, the barber shop … everybody has been talking about the Gulf Coast. It even got a mention on the MTV Movie Awards last night from Sandra Bullock.
But, conspicuously absent from the WTF drumbeat has been Mississippi’s governor, Haley Barbour. I mean this is one of only five U.S. states that sit on the Gulf Coast. Barbour has been in the media about the spill, but more in SUPPORT of BP and asking the American people to back off of them. He’s also blaming hype for killing his state’s tourism industry. That’s no so much hype, as those are OIL FUMES that are sickening people left and right.
All five states on the Gulf Coast all have Republican governors, and none except Barbour has wasted a second getting in BP’s ass. For example, Florida’s Charlie Crist wants money for a tourism ad campaign. And, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal has done everything except swim in the oil to show his displeasure. Jindal also authored a byline in the New Orleans Times-Picayune last week lighting the fire under President Obama.
I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who thinks that Barbour has been out of the loop. The only pass I’ll give is to Texas’s governor, and that’s because the oil has not yet affected their area. But how Louisiana and Alabama could be so involved, yet Mississippi is so quiet is very odd.
My gut tells me that BP is in Barbour’s pocket somehow, considering that his regional bully pulpit carries some weight. His response has just been far too right-of-center on this one to not raise at least one eyebrow. The oil isn’t going to disappear on its own and it’s going to (unfortunately) find a great home on the shores of his beaches. How ya’ like that, Haley?!