Haley Barbour has always claimed to be a conservative. He ran as one during his two victorious elections for Governor of Mississippi in 2003 and 2007.
But when you examine some of his policies, its not conservatism at all. As we have reported previously, Governor Barbour fought against Senator Chris McDaniel on eminent domain. And of course, Haley was on the big government land grabbing side. This is not a conservative position, essentially the same as the liberal members of the US Supreme Court in the Kelo decision.
Now we discover that Haley is once again siding with liberals instead of conservatives. Barbour was at Civil Rights Summit in Austin, TX over the weekend. While there, he took the stage to support the liberal San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, a radical Democrat.
The two were there together on a panel expressing support for immigration reform. Once again, the immigration is another major issue in which Barbour is at odds with conservatives. But again Haley speaks for his ultra-rich lobbying clients and not for what’s best for the country.
Mayor Castro is so well liked in the Democratic Party that he was a keynote speaker at the 2012 National Democratic Convention and a fanatical believer in amnesty. Back in January he was on MSNBC and compared the status of illegal immigrations to black slaves before the Civil War. Immediately realizing the implications of his comparison, he hurriedly added, “I’m not comparing the two in any other sense except to say that we want – we want, in the United States, for folks to be fully invested in our nation.”
Castro has also shown a disregard for following the rules in his city. He has ignored the San Antonio city charter in regards to zoning issues and he angered many city residents by granting benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. He also caused controversy by changing the name of Durango Street to Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard to honor the late radical labor leader.
Some Democrats are already calling Castro their next Obama. His track record of ignoring bylaws and doing what he wants is in line with Obama’s disregard for the Constitution. And this is the guy Haley Barbour stood with on a civil rights panel.
The two men shared the stage and went on to agree that we need immigration reform and a path to citizenship for illegals, also known as amnesty. Barbour stated, “What the Republicans need to do is not worry about the politics. They need to do what’s good policy for the country.” So Haley is going the liberal way and seeking to reward those who have broken the law, viewing it as “good for the country.”
To those conservatives in the Republican Party that are claiming that reform is dead this year, he said, “It’s not dead. Work is being done on this. I can’t look you in the eye and say I know it’s going to succeed, but there is clearly a path to success.”
Could this be a major reason why Haley is supporting Cochran? As we have shown, Senator Cochran’s record on immigration is pretty liberal.
In 1982, he voted for amnesty for illegals. More recently, in 2006, an immigration bill offered by Sen. Arlen Specter, then a Republican, included amnesty for certain types of illegal immigrants. Louisiana Senator David Vitter offered an amendment to remove the amnesty language from the bill.
“The Vitter amendment would remove provisions authorizing the ‘earned legalization’ and ‘agricultural worker’ amnesty schemes that would grant amnesty to an estimated 16 million illegal aliens and their families,” according to Numbers USA, an anti-amnesty grassroots group. It failed by a vote of 66-33. Thad Cochran voted against it, while a majority of Republicans supported it.
That same year, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) offered an amendment to another bill that would have strengthened requirements regarding a forthcoming border fence that had still not been built at that point. “This was an amendment to add 370 miles of fence on the Southwest border paid for by $1.8 billion in offsets from other programs,” Numbers USA wrote. “A fence is one of the most effective tools for preventing illegal migration.”
Cochran also voted against that amendment too, which split Republicans 27-27 and lost in the Senate 29-71.
Castro’s words at the summit also leads us to believe Barbour’s backing of Cochran may be for strategic reasons in advancing his desire for amnesty. Once the Republican primaries are over, he told reporters, “that may make it easier.”
Easier, he says? Probably so, for if Cochran wins the primary against Senator McDaniel, Barbour doesn’t fear that he will lose to Childers in November, so they will have a major ally in the Senate when the amnesty bill comes up. And because Haley and his nephew Henry have invested so much in Cochran, they believe he will owe them a vote on amnesty.
It appears Haley Barbour, Thad Cochran’s biggest cheerleader, is more than willing to line up with liberals like Castro. But a true conservative like Chris McDaniel never would.
And seeing who Barbour is spending his spare time with these days, you can only guess that Thad Cochran’s vote for amnesty is once again bought and paid for by Haley Barbour and company.