The Corner

Barbour Son Defends Dad

Haley Barbour’s son doesn’t like how Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol talked about his dad in a blog post entitled “T. Paw vs. Hee-Haw.”

“It just makes no sense to me that a conservative man, such as yourself, would have such a blatantly obvious disdain towards my father,” Barbour said in a e-mail he sent to Kristol that the Associated Press obtained. “Despite your best efforts, if he decides to run, he will likely win the nomination.”

Kristol wrote that Barbour’s comments about Afghanistan “didn’t constitute any kind of serious presentation of a foreign policy agenda” and said Barbour’s “case for cutting defense spending was more political than substantive . . . and not very smart politics, either.” He accused the Mississippi governor of being “irresponsible” in “pandering” to those against the Afghanistan War and in favor of slashing military spending.

“In these most desperate of times, you go around assassinating the character of a great conservative,” Barbour wrote to Kristol.

Barbour also said that he didn’t want his father to run, but will be his “biggest supporter” if he chooses to.

UPDATE: The Weekly Standard has posted the full e-mail, along with Kristol’s response.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More