The Picture of the Next Two Tedious Years

18 Sep

It seems The New Republic is looking for that harder edge-and not just with graphics. Attacking the opposition is now de rigueur.

The next daily special is Haley Barbour, a possible vice-presidential pick. Here’s a legal term that almost counts for nothing these days: . Barbour might have them.

Earlier this summer, The New Republic received a document that appeared to be a copy of Barbour’s blind trust agreement. It was dated February 27, 2004–six weeks after he’d become governor–and signed by Barbour and his trustee, a man named S. Griffin Norquist of Yazoo City, Mississippi. What immediately caught our eye were the assets the document catalogued: among them, nearly 50,000 shares of Interpublic Group, which had become BG&R’s corporate parent when the partners sold the firm in 1999. This seemed to contradict Barbour’s earlier statement. Either Barbour had delayed cutting ties to his firm, or he hadn’t really cut them at all.

Barbour’s rejoinder was almost as compelling: “… Tell your sources and allies at the Democrat Party we send our regards.”

Gee, here’s two packs of attack dogs with too much time on their hands. It’s enough to turn the sober description, “two-party state”, into a slur

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