Haley Barbour And The Race Question

While he may have the winning political ad for 2012, this type of stuff continues to dog the former Governor of Mississippi:
The [race] issue flared as recently as last week, when Barbour declined to denounce an effort by a group pushing for a license plate in honor of confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Barbour says the proposal was never going anywhere.

"I said accurately this is not going to happen," Barbour said in an interview with The Associated Press. "The bureaucracy denied it, the legislature won't pass it and if the legislature passes it, it won't become law because I won't sign it."

Barbour says he denounces the Klan, but was asked to denounce a specific person.

"I don't denounce individual people whether they've been dead 100 years or not," said Barbour.
This will keep popping up for Barbour.

Postscript: My guess is that, if questioned, Barbour would very likely denounce folks like Hitler or Stalin, right? Why the opposition to this -- is he afraid that he'll lose the pro-slavery vote?

I'm asking an honest question here, no snark intended...

Photo: National Governors Association