Bill Clinton's oft-quoted remark that, when choosing their candidate, "Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line" was a clever way to describe the nominating process for most of the last few decades. But it may be changing in 2012.
While the good news for Democrats is that Obama may be in a relatively strong position to get reelected, the bad news for progressives is he is now clearly just another Democrat with little real ability to inspire or bring about real change.
In recent months the GOP has come to Obama's rescue. In rapid succession it has ticked off millions with its bellicose threat to meat-ax spending on every vital government program around and even threaten to shut down the government.
Barbour's statement is significant for two reasons: First, it sounds like the Mississippi governor is indeed running for the GOP presidential nomination. Second, it suggests his state has changed considerably since the 1960s.