Ron Barber, not exactly a man of conviction

| May 25 2012
Christopher Cook

In a debate on Wednesday between Jesse Kelly and Ron Barber, Kelly asked Barber a simple question.

Watch, as the wheels grind in Barber’s head for a moment before he answers.

 

Here’s what I suspect happened in his head during that moment:

Barack Obama is poison right now. I probably shouldn’t associate myself with him. How can I avoid this question and turn this to my advantage?

The response he came up with was pretty hackneyed, boilerplate tough-talk. It got applause from some in the audience, but his words didn’t really sound all that convincing to my ear.

And then, yesterday afternoon, that tough talk seemed even less impressive, and less that of a man of conviction:

In today’s statement, Barber spokeswoman Jessica Schultz said that “Ron’s point last night was that the election on June 12 isn’t about President Obama, or any other national figure — it’s about who is going to do the best job fighting for middle-class families in southern Arizona.

“While Ron does not agree with the president on everything, of course Ron has supported and will support President Obama in the election,” Schultz added. “His primary focus as a member of Congress will be standing up for southern Arizonans.”

Barber bravely sent a spokesperson out to backpedal for him. Impressive.

That’s just the kind of fortitude and conviction one would expect from someone who promises to be “standing up for southern Arizonans.”

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