Norquist says Haley Barbour ‘is not completely fluent in English.’ – Ouch!

Remember, earlier this week, when Haley Barbour said this:  

Now, fast forward to today and see what Grover Norquist had to say about the rumors of Barbour possibly running for the presidency in 2012:

Think Progress:

Politico reported today that Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) “is weighing the prospect of a 2012 White House bid” and recently discussed the possibility with his closest advisers. When asked about the discussions, Barbour himself didn’t downplay the possibility of running for president. “After the November election, we’ll sit down and see if there is anything to consider,” he said. Today on ABC’s Top Line, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist may have put a small blemish on Barbour’s prospects for consideration. Norquist ridiculed RNC chair Michael Steele because of his gaffe-prone TV appearances.Sometimes it hurts,” he said, adding that Steele should take example from former RNC chair Barbour:

NORQUIST: Haley Barbour — because he’s not completely fluent in English — was not quite the spokesman that you might have thought, although he’s a brilliant guy, wonderful strategist. I don’t think you saw him going into ‘94 as the spokesman so much as an organizer and a fund-raiser. And he brought the Republicans and the House and Senate together and banged their heads together when necessary

Ouch!  This should be an interesting battle, between Norquist, often described as a William Buckley type Conservative elitsist, and good ol’ boy Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi.   Stay tuned…

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