Federal Politics

Published — October 4, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

FACT CHECK: Haley Barbour forgets his history

Republican governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour speaks in Florida. Steve Cannon/AP

Miss. governor accuses fellow politician of ‘amnesia’, while glossing over facts himself

Introduction

Haley Barbour accused a fellow governor of “amnesia,” claiming he was forgetting “the fact that Obama had the biggest Democratic majorities in Congress since Lyndon Johnson.” But it was actually Republican Barbour who was having a memory lapse. He forgot about the Democrats’ massive victories following Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.

Forgetting the ‘Watergate Babies’

During an exchange on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Barbour, the Republican governor of Mississippi, responded to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s complaint that Republicans in Congress were impeding the president’s ability to create jobs. Barbour said that the Democratic governor was having “amnesia about the fact that Obama had the biggest Democratic majorities in Congress since Lyndon Johnson.” But Barbour’s forgetting his congressional history.

There were two Democratic presidents after LBJ and before Obama: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Let’s go to the Senate and House historical tables to compare the Democratic majorities enjoyed by each president in his first term.

Carter had larger Democratic majorities than Obama in both houses — even when you include independent senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who both caucus with the Senate Democrats. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party gave Obama 58 Democratic senators — but, more importantly, 60 votes (counting the two independent senators). Still, Carter had larger majorities in both houses. Clinton had a larger majority in the House, but not the Senate.

O’Malley’s Economic Spin

For O’Malley’s part, the Maryland governor buffed and muffed some economic facts, nationally and in New Jersey. O’Malley was wrong when he said “foreclosures are at their lowest level in 44 months.” That was true in July. But RealtyTrac reported that the foreclosure rate jumped 7.21 percent in August.

O’Malley also criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over his job-creation record, saying “unemployment in New Jersey is one of the higher unemployment rates in the country at 9.4 percent.” It’s true that the jobless rate in New Jersey is above the national average (which is 9.1 percent), but not by much. At 9.4 percent, New Jersey still fares better than 14 other states — including nine that have double-digit unemployment rates, ranging from Nevada (13.4 percent) to Georgia (10.2 percent).

O’Malley was correct when he noted that New Jersey created no net jobs last year. The state has lost 1,112 jobs since Christie took office. But the state’s unemployment rate has fallen from 9.8 percent in January 2010 to 9.4 percent in August 2011. How did the unemployment rate go down when jobs lost went up? During the same time, the state’s labor force declined by 20,659 people.

– Michael Morse, with Eugene Kiely

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.