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Haley Barbour: Obama a snake charmer
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By ANDREW GLASS | 5/20/09 1:14 PM EDT Text Size:

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) predicted Wednesday that despite his current popularity in the polls, President Barack Obama will eventually suffer the same reversal of political fortune that befell President Bill Clinton in 1994.

What they have in common is that everything for them is political. They wage a perpetual campaign. They are both extraordinary politicians. Either one of them could charm the skin off a snake, Barbour told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Barbour, who was handily reelected to a second term in 2007, served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997. Barbour linked Clintons unpopular efforts to raise taxes and to reform health policy in 1993 to the GOPs capture of both the Senate and House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years.

The difference, Barbour suggested, is that Clinton, in time, made his peace with the Ronald Reagan revolution, informing Congress that the era of big government is over.

His policies were liberal, but not nearly as far left as those of Obama, Barbour said.

By contrast, Barbour went on, Obama has given up on capitalism. ... He is expanding the size of government beyond anything that anyone previously dreamed of. His efforts to deal with climate change by executive fiat would impose an enormous tax on the poor and the working class, dragging down the American economy.

Sweeping aside internal handwringing over the current state of the GOP, Barbour foresaw a bright future for the Republican Party.


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