Barbour vs. Blanco

Set aside the gross sexism that seems to be in play in comparisons between the performance of Kathleen Blanco:

"She's an empathetic, nurturing kind of person," (John Maginnis, a political newsletter publisher) says. "Maybe she is not the towering tower of strength that some people would hope or expect to see."
With that of Haley Barbour:
He's managing to at least look authoritative," says Marty Wiseman, executive director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. "So far, he gets a passing grade from most people."
Authoritative? Just look at the man ... I rest my case.

Let's also quickly move past this potential nightmare scenario that strikes terror in all our hearts:
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani set the standard for disaster management after 9/11, projecting a compelling mix of command and vulnerability. Some analysts liken Barbour to Giuliani. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, calls Barbour "the only political figure to gain" from the Katrina fiasco. "A Giuliani-Barbour ticket in 2008? Or is it Barbour-Giuliani?" he wondered.
And focus on the real difference between the two governors:
(Blanco) says that two days after Katrina, desperate for help, she couldn't get through to Bush and didn't get a callback; hours later, she tried again, and they talked. ...
Barbour hasn't had to wait hours to talk to Bush. In fact, Barbour said in an interview with USA TODAY, the president called him three to four times in the wake of Katrina. "I never called him. He always called me," he said. [LINK via Eschaton]

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