Haley Barbour blasts Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth

September 24, 2013

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour had harsh words for cast-iron conservatives in Congress and the outside groups that back them in an interview for Post TV's "In Play" on Monday.

"When you control the House, the Democrats control the Senate and the White House, you can't exactly cram your stuff down their throat," said Barbour, who also served as political director for President Ronald Reagan and chairman of the Republican National Committee. "Some of our friends sometimes forget that." Added Barbour: "The guys that wanted to make Obamacare the trip wire for closing down the government and making Obama cave in...that's not going to happen, that was never going to happen."

Barbour went on to note that his bigger concern for the party moving forward was the number of outside conservative groups -- he mentioned the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club For Growth by name -- who seek to vilify Republican Members of Congress for allegedly breaking with party orthodoxy.

"Some of these same people go out and raise money for outside organizations that attack the other Republicans not over principle, not over policy....over tactics," said Barbour. "There is no excuse for making people think a conservative Congressman who has a 98 percent conservative voting record is a bad person because you disagree with his tactics."

Watch Barbour's full comments below.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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