Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) tomorrow will make two appearances in the Commonwealth for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell.
Barbour will stop in Virginia Beach and Richmond, hoping to stir-up publicity — and cash — for McDonnell’s campaign.
The Mississippi governor’s name is among those often tossed out as potential GOP presidential candidates in 2012. And Barbour isn’t the first big-name Republican to stump for McDonnell.
Among those who have either hosted fundraisers or made appearances for McDonnell are:
- Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), a potential 2012 candidate
- Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), a 2008 candidate
- Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.), a 2008 candidate who’s almost certain to make another run in 2012
- Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), a 2008 candidate
- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 candidate and potential GOP gubernatorial candidate back in his home state
- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele
You’ll notice one name that’s not on that list — Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). I know what you’re thinking: makes sense that McDonnell doesn’t want to bring in Palin, whose been at the center of all sorts of controversies since her failed vice-presidential bid.
Hold your horses.
I predict Virginians will hear from Palin, in one way or another, before election day. She still has a huge following among conservatives. More than 20,000 showed up to hear her speak in New York several weeks ago.
What if McDonnell’s folks aren’t shying away from Palin, but are instead saving her, waiting to deploy a valuable asset, especially among women. Just sayin’.
It’s important to note, of course, that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds has a few valuable resourses to deploy himself — namely President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, both of whom are expected in Virginia sometime before November.