Mary Landrieu owes the voters of Louisiana an apology. A great big, fat, sincere one.
Unless you have been living in the woods for the last 6 months, you know that on Tuesday, November 4, the biggest political battle of Landrieu’s life is coming to a head. And, chances are it may not turn out so well for Mary. It definitely seems like Louisianians have finally grown tired of her and her liberal policies. For 18 years she has held a Democratic seat in the U.S. Senate, in what is a decidedly Red State. The polls seem to indicate that those Red State voters are ready for a change. Mary seems to be running scared, and it is starting to show. Support for the Senior Senator from Louisiana has been falling off of Mary like leaves off a dead tree, and she knows it. Like most incumbent Democrats, she has been trying to distance herself from the failed policies of President Obama, to no avail
Well, apparently desperate times call for desperate measures. In an interview with NBC this week, Landrieu was asked why the electorate in Louisiana is so hostile to Pres. Obama. Her response first paid lip service to the problem with Obama’s energy policy. But then she threw down the race card. She went on to say:
“I’ll be very, very honest with you: The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
Really? I will agree that it has been difficult for Obama to present himself in a positive light as a leader, but the reasons do not have anything to do with race. Of course, the criticism of Landrieu’s remarks was loud and swift from many quarters. However, rather than trying to clarify or retract such a divisive untruth, Landrieu reiterated it and also played the sexism card too. In a statement released Friday, Landrieu was defiant, saying that Obama’s energy policy is the primary difference he has with Louisiana voters. Then she went on to say:
“In addition,”the South has not always been the friendliest or easiest place for African-Americans to advance, and it’s been a difficult place for women to be recognized as the leaders we are. Everyone knows this is the truth, and I will continue to speak the truth even as some would twist my words seeking political advantage.”
So, in other words, Louisiana voters are both racist and sexist, and St. Mary speaks the truth! In a word, “Bulls***.”
I have been teaching swimming and basic lifesaving to kids for about 20 years. Rule Number 1 is never get to close to a drowning person. They are so desperate and panicked that they will do anything to save themselves, including dragging you down with them. Apparently, the same thing is true of career politicians who fear their days of getting fat on the public teat are about to come to an end.
First, let’s take on the race issue. I, like most voters in Louisiana, do NOT support President Obama. But, it has nothing to do with his race or ethnicity. It has to do with the fact that he is a pathological liar, a malignant narcissist, a socialist, associates with known radicals, has a poor view of the U. S. military, is openly embarrassed about America, fails to take even the most basic responsibility for his actions, by his own admission has no clue about what is going on in his administration and in general, as my Momma used to say, “doesn’t know his ass from a whole in the ground” about what it means to be President of the United States.
Informed voters in Louisiana, and the rest of the country, vote for or oppose candidates based on that candidates views and policies and whether or not they are the same as ours. I have no problem with supporting an African American candidate if this is the case. I was a supporter of Herman Cain. I would happily support other black candidates, such as Allen West or Dr. Ben Carson, should they choose to run. Not because of race, but because their values and ideals are similar to mine. Ironically, one of the people who called out Landrieu on her comments was Gov. Bobby Jindal. If racial bias is such a big deal in Louisiana, how is it that we have a twice elected a a brown skinned man, who is about as far from a white Anglo-Saxon protestant as you can get, as governor?
In his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr. said he had a dream that one day his children would be “judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” I do that. I believe most people in Louisiana do that. It appears that the only people these days who don’t do that are Democratic politicians when it suits them to stir up unrest and divisiveness in an effort to gain votes.
And, when it comes Mary’s contention that Louisiana is a difficult place for women to be recognized,I am almost speechless. I seem to remember that we have elected a woman Governor in this state before. We have had two women serve as Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Moreover, it is a special kind of hypocrisy for Senator Landriue to make that claim. She is a perfect example that women can succeed in politics in Louisiana. She was elected twice to the Louisiana Legislature, where she served from 1980-1988. She was twice elected in a statewide race in Louisiana, serving as State Treasurer from 1988-1994. Since then, she has been elected to the Senate three times and has been the Senior Senator from the Great State of Louisiana since 2004. Not bad for someone who comes from a state where women have a difficult time being recognized as leaders, huh?
Maybe Mary’s problem is not race or sex. Perhaps it is the fact that she is a Blue candidate in a decidedly Red State. Maybe it is because she is a liberal in a conservative Southern state. Maybe it is because she has supported things like the USA Patriot Act, amnesty for illegals and increased taxes. Maybe it is because she represents pro-life Catholic voters in Louisiana, but is for same sex marriage and has a 100% pro-choice rating from the National Abortion Rights Action League. Maybe it is because she represents Louisiana, where guns are a way of life, but has a “C” rating from the National Rifle Association. Maybe it is because she is a 58 year old millionaire who claims she still lives at home with Momma and Daddy. Maybe its because voters in Louisiana are tired of public officials who violate the law and use OUR money to charter flights to their campaign events. Or maybe, just maybe, it is because she was the deciding vote in the Senate on Obamacare.
You may or may not support Mary Landrieu, and I am sure many of you reading this do, but for her to attribute her current problems to the people of Louisiana being sexist bigots is a huge insult. HUGE. And, in the words of Tom Hagen in “The Godfather, Part II”, I think we all deserve to day “An apology Senator! We demand an apology!’ I doubt we get one before Tuesday, but then again, after hopefully it won’t matter anyway.