Politico has the larger story.
People seem suprised, but I’m really not. Barbour is an insider and a former lobbyist and political opperative. He had to understand the odds were stacked against him, and I don’t think he wanted to run if he knew he was unlikely to win. I’m no fan of Barbour who is horrible on immigration based on some of his previous lobbying efforts, but what bothers me is that a lot of people who discounted his chances did so on the basis of him being a Southerner with an accent. The thought being that Southerners with accents can win (Clinton, Carter) as long as they are Democrats but not if they are Republicans. Here is what I wrote at AmSpec:
Barbour has serious issues on immigration based on some of his lobbying efforts in the past, but I did have a bit of a soft spot for him because a lot of the opposition to him was motivated by obvious anti-Southern bigotry. I wouldn’t/couldn’t support Barbour, but he has good enemies.