In New Hampshire.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour must have just been stopping by for coffee when he showed up in New Hampshire last week. Governor Barbour has just announced that he won't run for president in 2012.
As it happens, Mr. Barbour revealed his decision on a state holiday, Confederate Memorial Day. This year, the Democratic-controlled State House passed a bill that would have created a Civil Rights Memorial Day to happen on the date each year. It died in committee in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Jackson Free Press reports that the Council of Conservative Citizens -- heirs to the White Citizens Council that Mr. Barbour praised a few months back -- issued a statement taking credit. From the JFP:
"The Mississippi CofCC immediately recognized that the true purpose of the legislation was to wipe out Confederate Memorial Day," Lord said in the statement.
"By placing a black holiday on top of the existing state holiday, the media would gleefully report the black holiday every year and censor all mention of Confederate Memorial Day. ... A petition was immediately drawn up and mailed to MS CofCC and SCV leaders in the states. In only two weeks, thousands of signatures were collected. Enough phone calls were made to state Senators that the Senate version was killed in committee!"