If you thought it was bad last year when the Pennsylvania GOP selected “Confederate History Month” Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Virginia) as the keynote speaker for their Lincoln Day Dinner, then you’re in for a real treat this year.
This year, the PA GOP has chosen former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour to keynote the January 31st event celebrating President Lincoln’s legacy. Governor Barbour, like McDonnell, is a more-than-questionable choice given the name of the dinner.
In an interview with the Weekly Standard, Barbour recalled his life during the civil rights movement, saying “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.”
As ABC News reported, Barbour “went on to credit the Citizens’ Council, a group that has been viewed as pro-segregationist, with helping to peacefully integrate the public schools in his home town, Yazoo City, Miss.”
Later in the Weekly Standard interview, Barbour reflected on an event he attended where Martin Luther King spoke, saying “We just sat on our cars, watching the girls, talking, doing what boys do. We paid more attention to the girls than to King.”
And it’s not like this is just an example of an interview gone bad. In fact, Barbour’s proclivity toward racially charged remarks dates back as far as 1982, when, according to The Daily Beast, Barbour chastised one of his aides who made a racist remark by saying that if the aide “persisted in racist remarks, he would be reincarnated as a watermelon and placed at the mercy of blacks.”
So, well done PA GOP. Once again, you’ve shown a unique ability to commit unforced errors and a complete insensitivity to the voters you’ll need to have any chance at gaining electoral ground in the Keystone State.