Okay, so this may not be the deepest or most insightful bit of political commentary to grace the pages of America’s Right, but I thought I’d go along with it anyway.
Last night, in the wake of Sarah Palin’s departure and Mark Sanford’s travels to Argentina, I was having a discussion with a friend about possible contenders for the GOP nomination in 2012. At one point, he and I were discussing Palin and Sanford as stimulus-resistant governors who had apparently fallen from grace, and wondering if there would be some sort of “Family Feud”-type curse that would inevitably befall the others.
Talk turned to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, for a long time a favorite of mine, and my buddy said something that absolutely blew my mind:
“I think Haley Barbour and William Shatner are the same person.”
While he was obviously kidding–though, as far as I know, Shatner and Barbour have never once been seen in the same place–I watched a few old interviews with the Mississippi governor and, much like being apprised of the ingenious subliminal arrow in the FedEx logo left me unable to see anything else, I am now completely and totally incapable of picturing anyone but William Shatner each and every time Barbour is on camera.
This is a problem. Barbour has has replaced Sanford as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He has been making fundraising trips to Iowa and New Hampshire. He has consistently been on the fiscally responsible end of nearly every question and issue, and has no problem articulating conservative ideas, principles and values. But, now, every time I see him, I see William Shatner.
Consider this video from last November . . . fittingly, about the prospects of Sarah Palin:
Thankfully, Barbour sounds nothing like Shatner. While some might look at me a little strange from this point on, as I close my eyes and smile slightly while listening to the Mississippi governor articulate the tenets of conservatism, it’s worth it — if not, I wouldn’t be able to take him seriously, and I’d keep looking for Leonard Nimoy.