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Up today, my Uncommon Knowledge interview with the governor of Mississippi, Ricochet’s own Haley Barbour. Just go to the right hand side of the Ricochet homepage, scroll down until you see a picture of the governor and me, and then click. You’ll be transported to National Review Online, where Uncommon Knowledge first appears.
Beginning with tomorrow’s segment, the governor starts throwing punches. Today, though, he and I engage in a kind of warmup round, discussing his political origins. Which are pretty amazing. Haley Barbour chose to become a Republican activist at a time when Republicans accounted for only six percent of Mississippi voters.
What comes through in this segment, I think, is, well, flavor. By the time these five minutes are over, you know you’re listening to a man who’s tough and determined, intensely Southern, and utterly without pretense or guile. Also–and this is more important in a politician, I believe, than is generally realized–a sense of sheer enjoyment. Contrast, for example, our current chief executive, who less than two years into his job appears testy and petulant, with FDR and Reagan, who manifestly loved their work. Haley Barbour is in the Reagan school. He’s having a high time.
After you click through to NRO to take a look, be sure to return to Ricochet to let us know what you think–or as Gov. Barbour would put it, Ya’ll come back.