Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, whose rather selective memories of racial turmoil in the South during the Civil Rights Movement have drawn unflattering attention to his possible presidential bid, has settled on a defense strategy:

Barbour said the controversies over race overlook his support, starting several years ago, for a civil rights museum in Mississippi and the upcoming events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. But he recognizes that he might carry an extra burden if he runs.

“I have reconciled myself to the fact that some people on the left who don’t like me or don’t like conservative Christian Republicans from the Deep South are going to criticize anything I do,” he said.

Unlike Jonathan Chait, I don’t think this is a “particularly clever” formation — it’s an expected one.

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