Barbour says Confederacy flap not worth 'diddly'

By The Assocated Press

WASHINGTON — Mississippi’s governor says the dustup over Virginia’s proclamation for Confederate History Month seems like a lot of noise over something that “doesn’t amount to diddly.”

Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, apologized for leaving out of his proclamation any reference to slavery. He reissued the decree after criticism for reviving what many Virginians believe is an insensitive commemoration of its Confederate past.

Fellow GOP Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi says he doesn’t think the proclamation was a mistake. He calls the situation “a nit” and not significant.

Barbour also notes that Mississippi celebrates a state holiday, Confederate Memorial Day.

He appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Barbour also discussed the Republican Party.

National Republican Party chairman Michael Steele, who has come under criticism for his leadership, said recently he thinks he’s being held to a higher standard because he’s black.

Barbour, a former GOP chairman, said he disagrees with Steele’s assessment. Barbour says that’s like saying, “I think I’m held to the higher standard because I’m a fat redneck with an accent like this.”

Barbour, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, says party chairmen have been and continue to be judged by results.