“A few tar balls”

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Via former Swampland star Karen Tumulty, here’s Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Fox News espousing the cleanliness of his state’s beaches – oil spill notwithstanding. “We’ve had a few tar balls, but we have tar balls every year, a natural product of the Gulf of Mexico.” Apparently Barbour’s insistence – everything is fine on Mississippi’s beaches OK?! – reminded Karen of another optimistic politician, circa 1975.

(More on Barbour complaining that media coverage of the oil spill is hurting his state’s tourism industry here, including this tidbit, “The coast is clear. Come on down!”)