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Bonjour from the Bayou State!  I’m Ryan from The Daily Kingfish.  Let’s talk about the races going on now before discussing potential candidates running against Sinator Vitter in 2010:

LA-Sen: Senator Landrieu is sitting pretty, partly because she’s run an effective campaign, which included the first-ever statewide field program in Louisiana, and partly because her opponent, John Neely Kennedy, is one confused politician.  Senator Landrieu’s work after Hurricane Katrina has won her supporters in both parties, prompting the State GOP Chairman to warn about the "consequences" of supporting a Democrat.  Even so, traitorous Congressman Rodney Alexander spoke favorably of Senator Landrieu at a campaign fundraiser.

LA-01:  For the first time in recent memory, we’ve got a competitive election in this district.  The current Congressman Steve "Mistake On the Lake" Scalise is so out of touch that he doesn't even know that the drainage project he was touting on television last week was cancelled by the Corps of Engineers the day before.  Perhaps if he showed up to the meeting where the Corps discussed the cancellation with residents, he would have known.  Unfortunately, doing such things is beneath him.  His opponent, Jim Harlan, is an energy expert who worked for Presidents Carter and Reagan, has released a great plan for Hurricane Protection, and will put people before politics.  

LA-04: This race was pushed back one month due to Hurricane Gustav, so on Tuesday we’re having party primary run-offs between Democrats Colonel WIllie Banks and Caddo Parish DA Paul Carmouche, and Republicans Chris Gorman and John Fleming.  Whomever wins the Democratic primary has a leg up in one regard, as the Republican primary has been long on attacks and short on issues by both candidates.  The general election will be held on the first Saturday in December.  

LA-06: Rep. Don Cazayoux, the winner of this spring’s special election, is in a fight to retain this seat.  He faces a well-funded Republican in Bill Cassidy, but also his opponent from the Democratic primary this spring, Michael Jackson, who decided to run as an Independent.  This race is only close due to a union-bashing construction company owner, L. Lane Grigsby, whose family has not only donated nearly half the funds that Mr. Jackson has raised, but has also donated more than is legally allowed to Bill Cassidy.  In addition, he’s spent thousands on anti-union mailers misrepresenting Dr. King to black voters. Don’s victory this spring gave the unions a lil’ bounce in their step, which scared ol’ Lane.  Sending Don back to Washington will be even sweeter this time around.  

LA-07: The current Congressman, Lord Charles Boustany, (he tried to buy a title of nobility back in the 1990’s), has not represented this district, hit by Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike last month, well.  Boustany says he’s for SCHIP, yet voted against it every time it came up in the House; he says he’s got a plan for hurricane protection, yet never introduced a bill on the issue; and he voted to raise his pay in Congress, but voted against the minimum wage increase.  The Democrat in this race, State Sen. Don Cravins, Jr., has been barnstorming the district calling for honest representation. The voters will always know where he stands because he won’t lie to them, and he’ll get right to work on helping Southwest Louisiana rebuild after the hurricanes of the last 3 years.

2010 Senate Race: Sinator Vitter will run, but rumors abound about Republican challengers.  Let’s talk potential Democratic challengers:

Congressman Charlie Melancon: He’s the Congressman from LA-03, and he won re-election by acclamation, which is impressive, considering he was first elected by 569 votes in 2004.  He’s got over $1 million in the bank, and has spent quite a bit of time raising money and stumping for other Congressional candidates across the South and Mid-West.  His drawback is that he’s a south Louisianan, so his task will be to make himself known in central and northern Louisiana.

Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy: He won election to the Mayoralty in 2006, and since then, has been rapidly improving the quality of life - hiring more community police officers, reinvesting in the downtown core - as well as making government more transparent and accountable to the people.  His efforts have won him approval ratings of over 70%, but the drawback is that he’s the Mayor of mid-sized city in central Louisiana.  There is a feeling that we need a Senator from central or northern Louisiana, and he certainly fits the bill.  But he needs to start fundraising and meeting folks around the state soon.  

State Senator Lydia Jackson:  She is a State Senator that represents Shreveport, and has over 25 years of experience in public policy, community advocacy and planning.  She’s got experience working in Washington for the late Senator J. Bennett Johnston, and is a Vice President and Business Development Officer for Capital One Bank in North Louisiana.   She is the only African-American I’ve heard spoken of as a potential candidate.  

Shaw Chairman Jim Bernhard: As the CEO of the only Fortune 500 company based in Louisiana, he has a lot of money to spend.  He considered running for Governor last fall, even putting a poll into the field, but decided against it.  He thought about running for Congress in LA-06, as he resides in Baton Rouge, but ultimately decided not to.  The money he can spend makes him the wild card in a Democratic primary.    

And last, but not least, GEAUXBAMA!

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  •  Polling in the House races? (6+ / 0-)

    LA seems to have more than it's fair share of morons and crooks in Congress.  What are the odds of some of these cretins getting tossed?

    And WTF is up with Bill Jefferson still in the House?

    I can't expect to live in a democracy if I'm not prepared to do the work of being a citizen.

    by Dallasdoc on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 09:56:33 AM PST

    •  There's still time to kick him out... (5+ / 0-)

      The primary run-off is on Tuesday.  I'm hoping Moreno can pull it off, otherwise I may actually vote for a Republican for the 1st time in my life.

      •  Jefferson's gonna win on Tuesday ... (4+ / 0-)
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        brownsox, gabriella, gildareed, BlueMama

        He's facing a white woman in the Democratic run-off.  She has not run a good campaign at all.  

        We'll be back at this in LA-02 sometime next year once Jefferson gets convicted, and hopefully, resigns rather than get booted by his colleagues in the House.

        "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

        by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 11:02:46 AM PST

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        •  She probably will lose, but I can still hope... (0+ / 0-)

          that Jefferson gets kicked out in the election.  If he gets convicted and then resigns or gets kicked out,  it's another embarrassment that the NO area doesn't need right now.  It's also another bad headline for Democrats.  I will not vote for him, and I would vote likely for a Republican if it came down to it.

          Oh well, assuming he wins and that he'll be gone shortly after, do you have any thoughts on who would be next?  Maybe Richmond?

          •  I was hoping it would be Richmond (0+ / 0-)

            in the run-off.  But he didn't make it, finishing in 3rd.  

            Jefferson's gonna win.  I can't see folks voting for Moreno, as she has not run a good campaign, and is ignorant of some the basic things you need to know if you're going to be a Member of Congress from this district.  

            "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

            by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:53:00 PM PST

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    •  I Will Attempt To Explain, Although I No Longer (5+ / 0-)

      live there. Politics in Louisiana is like no other place in this nation. I mean David Duke almost became governor. Edwin Edwards who served four terms as a Democratic governor (and very popular). If I am not mistaken he is still in jail, sentenced to ten years on racketeering charges around 2001.

      He once told 60 Minutes (I think, although I am 110% sure the quote is accurate), "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy". At the time I think he was married to a women about 35 years younger, and I kid you not, her name was Candy.

      And don't even get me started on Huey and Earl Long.

      Folks using their elected office to steal money and just do strange stuff is almost just a given, if not some factor of pride with some subset of the population. It is "just the way it is."

      I should also mention the election laws are strange in ways that are hard to explain. Primaries are not open. And if one person (and often many, many folks running) don't get 50% of the vote in the "general" there is a special "run-off election."

      I've always felt this causes a lot of problems.

      "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

      by webranding on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:10:26 AM PST

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      •  Pardon me sir, but we in Illinois must... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...beg to differ, particularly if you are insinuating that your state is the most corrupt in the land.

        In my 54 years, three of our governors have gone on to prison, a fourth somehow managed to beat the rap, and our current governor seems like a mortal lock to get his butt indicted in the near future.  Since 1970, the feds have sent enough aldermen on the 50-member Chicago City Council to prison to constitute a quorum!  (That total is truly all-encompassing; it incldues Democrats, Republicans, progressives, ward bosses, men and women, blacks, whites and Hispanics.  That total would even be greater, but two aldermen beat the rap the hard way, by dying before they could be convicted.) Tommorrow another former alderman, "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak (10th), goes on trial.

        Add to all that the numerous other convicted elected officials in other local offices.  And then add some of the legendary political figures of our past, such as Aldermen "Hinky Dink" Kenna and "Bathhouse" John Coughlin of the notorious 1st Ward, or our late Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell, who had several hundred thousand dollars in cash stored in shoeboxes in his Springfield hotel suite when he died in 1969 (I suspect the fact that at the time you made out the checks for your drivers license or license plate to "Paul Powell," rather than to "Secretary of State" might have had a lot to do with that).

        Try topping that, Louisiana!

      •  Dude ... (1+ / 0-)
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        gildareed

        we have closed federal primaries now.  the general is winner ... no need for a majority.  

        On the state level, it's what you said.  

        "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

        by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 11:04:08 AM PST

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      •  "Vote for the crook. It is necessary" (0+ / 0-)

        I think that is an exact quote of the popular bumper sticker many good people had when Duke was the alternative in that election.

        Yep, Edwards was a crook and everybody knew it--but he was such a charming crook! And there were far worse possibilities lurking all over the state!

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:06:19 PM PST

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      •  Born and raised in Louisiana. (3+ / 0-)
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        gabriella, DailyKingFish, gildareed

        Parents sent me out of the room when they talked louisiana politics.

        Obama hits the high notes. Speaks to our hearts and minds.

        by redtex on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:49:13 PM PST

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    •  Funny you should mention morons and crooks... (4+ / 0-)

      that is exactly the choice we have here in NOLA (LA-02) with Jefferson and Moreno.

      Jefferson, he with the bags of cash and crooked family whom are falling like bowling pins and squawking like pigeouns all over New Orleans, is the likely winner.

      His opponent, Moreno, is a vapid anchor woman with little understanding of the germane issues around here, and to boot, is funded by the big money republicans that thought Katrina was good for the city...the great whitening.

      I gotta go with the slogan from the old Duke - Edwards governors battle; "Vote for the crook, it's important".  

    •  Polls show: (1+ / 0-)
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      Landrieu with a double-digit lead for the past three months.  

      Cazayoux with a lead in LA-06 ... but this district was GOPer-ville for 30 years, so I'm not taking it for granted.  It's where I'm volunteering on Tuesday.

      Boustany has a slight lead in LA-07 ... turnout will be the key in that district.  Cravins is AA, so he will be helped immensely by the increased AA turnout.  

      LA-04 Democratic primary shows Carmouche leading comfortably, but I have my concerns about his campaign.  On the GOP side, I don't have a clue ... as the GOP candidates have been SO negative, that it wouldn't surprise me to see A LOT of Republicans not vote in that one to send a message.  

      "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

      by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:15:25 PM PST

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  •  I Hope w/ All My Heart You Get A Few Liberals (9+ / 0-)

    in office that (1) Realize the the protection of the wetlands and New Orleans and the surrounding areas is key to everything. Both tourism and the vast energy industry. (2) If people are going to come to New Orleans (and Louisiana in general) and spent their tourism dollars, there must be affordable housing for the lower income folks that make those industries possible.

    BTW: I am not proud to admit this, but in my 39 years on this planet I've spent at least a week, if not more in Louisiana each year (other then when I was born there and went to grad school at LSU). My family and myself have not been back since Katrina!

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

    by webranding on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:00:48 AM PST

  •  Louisianans need a break. (8+ / 0-)

    I am praying that they vote to give themselves one on Nov 4th!

    "I will fight for my country, but I will not lie for her. " -- Zora Neale Hurston

    by blueintheface on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:06:34 AM PST

  •  Tip Jar n/t (12+ / 0-)

    "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

    by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 11:05:57 AM PST

  •  Dailykingfish (2+ / 0-)
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    as a fellow Louisianian, I appreciate your website and your work to detail the races.

    I gues sil be voting for Carmouche since he stands the best chance against either fleming or gorman.
    he seems to be well ahead as it is.

    Fleming and Gorman signs are in every other hose in my neighborhood. its quite annoying.
    In fact one business place has about 20 signs for fleming up in succession in foront of their building.

    Unbelievably ugly.

  •  Isnt Vitter pretty popular? (2+ / 0-)
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    I remember seeing a poll showing him doing pretty well, even after the DC Madam stuff, which is pretty disappointing. Also, is Jindal helping any of the GOP House candidates, and does that make a difference?

  •  The Vote of the Actual Most Average American (1+ / 0-)
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    gildareed

    Wow, the average American really is for Obama.  The real-life average American, the nation's most statistically average man or woman discovered after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search's website: The Actual Most Average American is Voting for Obama

  •  We really need a better Congressional delegation. (4+ / 0-)

    If only we could have the one from the 60's back, so powerful that they landed us the Saints and left their names on office buildings throughout the land: Russell Long, Hale Boggs, etc.  That delegation would whisper, and all other delegations would crane their necks to hear the roar.

    It takes time, consistency, savvy, stability, and ability to grow a delegation like that -- and that's what we need.

    As an Iraqi-American academic born and raised in New Orleans, this voter is not pleased.

    by naltikriti on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:37:23 PM PST

  •  I love my Louisiana. (5+ / 0-)

    From my trip to Baton Rouge this past summer:



    © KBK, LLC All rights reserved.

    Bring it on, Old Man - and your Little Maverick Dog, too.

    by Prosediva on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:42:50 PM PST

  •  I think that Castellanos guy owes CNN dinner (2+ / 0-)
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    jj32, DailyKingFish

    No way Landrieu is losing this time.

    '10 should be fun with Vitter. I look forward to watching that.

  •  From a Louisiana perspective (0+ / 0-)

    Just how strong do you think Bobby Jindal would be as a national political figure?

    •  Jindal is probably the only (2+ / 0-)
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      W Lane Startin, redtex

      effective leader with huge potential left for the reasonable wing of the republican party.
      hes going tobe a force to reckon with in the near future on the national scale.

      •  How is he in the reasonable wing? (4+ / 0-)

        He believes an exorcism cured his friend's skin cancer.  He's a wingnut.

        Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

        by Pragmaticus on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:59:27 PM PST

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        •  he's not in the reasonable wing ... (2+ / 0-)
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          jct, redtex

          but those in the reasonable wing would see him as acceptable, because he did go to Brown (an Ivy) and was a Rhodes scholar ...

          he's a smart dude ... and he comes across like a geek who knows his shit.

          "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

          by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:17:13 PM PST

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      •  Jindal is neither reasonable (0+ / 0-)

        nor will he be a force to be reckoned with on the national scene. I'm absolutely befuddled by this great-brown-hope narrative that follows Jindal about. Let's dispense with the preliminaries shall we: He's batshit crazy from the Counter-Reformation wing of the Catholic Church. The exorcism story is well traveled territory, so I will not repeat it, but if anyone thinks this sort of lunacy would not do him immense harm in a national race, they are sadly mistaken.

        He couldn't even get the right-wing evangelicals to vote for him the first time he ran for governor in Louisiana, and he only won the governorship the second time because half the state's Democrats were missing. I question whether the guy could even perform in a real primary against other wingnuts, as opposed to the jungle primaries that exist in Louisiana where usually one establishment backed Republican runs against 3, or 4 Democrats.

        Unlike Latino, black, or Asians, especially on the Pacific coast, Jindal the politician has no large constituency to draw support from, East Indians are negligible in the United States. He's not acceptable to evangelicals because he does not share their religion, and he's been very outspoken in the past on his retrograde Catholic views, which have included calling Protestants heretics. The guy doesn't have one thing going for him that would make him viable on a national scale. He's goofy looking and nerdish, he's not going to get up in front of a crowd and electrify them like a Reagan, Clinton, or Obama. He doesn't have the money connections like the Bush's. He's got an Ivy League credential, but that isn't going to endear him to the vast majority of "values voters" that resent intellect more than anything else.

        We needn't even discuss Jindal's policy positions which are indistinguishable from those of Mike Pence, or Catherine Bachmann, or Scott Garrett. He's absolutely 100% opposed to abortion, no exceptions. Rates a 7% on the LCV environmental scorecard. Wants to teach intelligent design theory in schools. Is running the standard Republican playbook on charter schools and health care. Jindal is J.C. Watts with a Hindi name. The Republican Party identified, funded, cleared obstacles for, and promoted Jindal so he could be their new token minority face. Jindal has only slightly more credibility then Sarah Palin, and that's only because he's not been in office long enough to cause damage that will hurt himself.

        •  The state's Democrats ... (1+ / 0-)
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          CenLamar

          are still here.  The numbers have declined, but not to the extent you posit.  

          And he lost a close race in '03, so that means he got the right-wing evangelicals to vote for him.  It was the racist vote he couldn't overcome.  

          His constituency, as you point out, will be the right wing evangelicals.  The fact that's he's not white will only help him in a primary in '12 or '16.  

          "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

          by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:33:14 PM PST

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          •  Where's that racist vote going? (0+ / 0-)

            They'll still be there in 2012, 2016. If you're an evangelical, and you've got an ultra-Catholic brown guy with a funny name on the ballot, and a lily-white Baptist preacher from neighboring Arkansas who also happens to sing some populist economic notes (unlike Jindal who is just another doctrinaire cheap labor conservative), and maybe a lily-white pentacostal who looks good in a mini-skirt, and maybe a few more fundies, who are you going to vote for? It's not Jindal.

            •  Jindal (2+ / 0-)
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              DailyKingFish, gildareed

              I've heard, time and time again, the theory about why Jindal lost the 2002 Governor's race because of racists in North Louisiana, a theory that I believe was first advanced by uber-conservative LSUS Professor Jeffrey Sadow.

              Maybe I'm naive. Maybe I don't actually understand my neighbors in North Louisiana (I live in Central Louisiana). But with all due respect, I just don't buy into the argument.

              I believe Jindal lost in 2002 because, at the time, he was an inexperienced 32 year old seeking his first-ever elected office, which happened to be the highest elected position in the State.

              If Blanco had lost that election, would people be saying the same thing about the sexist vote?

              That said, Mr. Drake, while I agree Governor Jindal is an unlikely Republican Presidential nominee in 2012, I think Ryan's right: He's shoring up some solid Republican support, particularly with big business.

              I also think you underestimate the way in which Jindal's faith narrative, despite the strange exorcism story, appeals to evangelicals: He's not just "born again;" he converted to Catholicism from Hinduism. And he's been flying around the State every Sunday, by helicopter, to attend church services wherever he can-- testifying to these congregations on the experience of his conversion and the nature of his faith.

              Incidentally, Huckabee is finished, relegated to a ridiculous talk show on Fox News... just like Ollie North.

              Believe me, as Ryan can attest, I agree that Jindal's far-right stances, particularly on social issues, are dangerously divisive and ignorant. But he won't ever run with that platform: He'll run as pro-business. He'll attempt to convince voters that, despite his complete eradication of our ethics board, Louisiana has somehow catapulted to the top of ethics rankings (leaving out, of course, the lack of transparency in his own office).

              Still, I wouldn't discount his viability or his future in the Republican party because of his ethnicity.

              Again, with all due respect, it's just not a factor.

              And it shouldn't be.

              •  Two issues (0+ / 0-)

                He can run however he wishes to run. Any opponent, be they a Republican in a primary, or a Democrat in a general election, is going to define Jindal by his record and his rhetoric, which he's not tried to hide one bit. He's quite vocal about his abortion stance, his desires to get intelligent design theory taught in schools. His exorcism experience which to mainline Protestants, Jews, probably most Catholics, and many evangelicals, sounds positively loony, isn't going to help him. Mitt Romney's Mormonism hurt him among evangelicals, as Jindal's ultra-Catholicism will. Louisiana is not like the rest of the South. The higher numbers of Catholics, even in rural areas, does not correspond with the rest of the South. There is a rather loud anti-Catholic element in the evangelical right. Jindal will find his Sunday devotionals may fall on deaf ears when confronted with adherents of the Oral Roberts, Jerry Falwell, and Bob Jones types who think the Pope is the anti-Christ.

                Secondly, if anyone has surveyed a John McCain rally, and really believes that race isn't going to be an issue for the Republican Party in four, or eight-years, they are in denial. Free market fundamentalists are a dime a dozen in the GOP. The Republican Party can put up sane white people like Pawlenty and Romney (both of whom have governed blue states with advanced economies, and in Romney's case, is part of the financial elite himself) who are every bit the free market fundamentalist Jindal is. Jindal's real problem is he's a politician born in the wrong decade. The country is rejecting the cultural and economic fundamentalism that he represents in record numbers. Ten-years earlier and Jindal could have been there with Newt.

    •  The radical right wing of the GOP would (2+ / 0-)
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      LOVE him.  They already do, as a matter of fact.  He's speaking in Iowa on the 22nd of November.

      But with the state facing a projected $1.3 billion shortfall, and under Constitutional mandate to balance the budget, along with the Lege being PISSED at Jindal, he's in for a rough ride the next three years.  If he can get though the next 3 years relatively unscathed, he might be a mortal lock for the GOP nomination in '12.  

      "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

      by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:55:56 PM PST

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      •  The GOP nominates an Indian-American (4+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, jj32, naltikriti, Trailerville

        To run against the incumbent Democratic AA president.

        I can already hear racists' heads exploding.

        •  They seem to have gotten over it in Louisiana (4+ / 0-)
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          Odysseus, CenLamar, W Lane Startin, redtex

          There is speculation that the only reason that Blanco won in '03 is because North Louisiana didn't want to vote for Jindal.

          If you were to take a look at the map of support for PSC Commissioner Foster Campbell in the jungle primary where he won outright ... and compare it to the map where Blanco beat Jindal 30 days later ...

          You'd see a sea of red against Foster turned blue for Blanco.  That means either the racist vote stayed home or voted for Blanco.  

          It's also why Jindal spent so much time in North Louisiana last summer and fall to ensure it didn't happen again.  

          "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

          by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:09:08 PM PST

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          •  This is an oversimplification (2+ / 0-)
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            that blames racists for not supporting Jindal on account of his skin color, when in fact, Blanco saturated those northern parishes with ads about Jindal's record as health secretary (and some rumor campaigns about his faith.) His attempts to close rural charity hospitals did not go over well in those parts. He cut Medicaid payments to doctors, with the predictable result that physicians serving the rural poor no longer accepted patients on Medicaid. These cuts were brutal in the upstate parishes. He laid off mental health workers, cut indigent access to certain drugs, the standard Republican response on healthcare, and these cuts, as much as any racism, can probably account for his unpopularity in those parts in 2003. He's much praised for his stint as health secretary under Foster, but in a state like Louisiana, mere competence is interpreted as brilliance, and being organized is cause for canonization.

            •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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              Perhaps I misread your first post, Robert, but I couldn't agree more with this analysis, though I would add that Jindal's age (32 at the time) and the fact that the Governor's race in 2002 was his first-ever political campaign also contributed to his loss (despite the obsequious endorsements of the Times-Pic and Governor Foster).  

        •  Yeah, but: (0+ / 0-)
          1. That's called progress.
          1. I'd be strong Obama, but I'd also be pleased at the new and improved GOP lineup compared with the horseshit I've had to put up with all my adult life.

          As an Iraqi-American academic born and raised in New Orleans, this voter is not pleased.

          by naltikriti on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 07:38:31 AM PST

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      •  Would it be awkward for Jindal (0+ / 0-)

        having to run for re-election in 2011, given the race for the presidency would probably begin right after the 2010 midterms? And also, why is the Legislature pissed at him? Because of the pay raise thing?

        •  Yes ... to question #1 (2+ / 0-)
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          The Lege is pissed because he struck a deal with them: pass his education vouchers for New Orleans bill and he'd let the pay raise become law.  

          he broke that promise.  

          "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

          by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:26:29 PM PST

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      •  In a pit fight against (0+ / 0-)

        other wingnuts. Jindal loses. The corporate money would never support a guy like Jindal, any more than they would support Palin, who both have in them the seeds of permanent Republican defeat. The extremist tag is not something the plutocrats that control the GOP want, and they, more than the Christian fundamentalists, get what they want.

        •  The plutocrats ... (2+ / 0-)
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          will back Jindal because they see him as someone they can work with.  He's no Huckabee, that's for sure.  He's spent the last 3 years getting business comfortable with him.  He's fundraising in Texas and Florida for his re-elect in '11 now.  

          Business likes him.  They'll back him.  

          "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

          by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:35:52 PM PST

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          •  Business loves his free market fundamentalism (1+ / 0-)
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            but you're missing the electoral dynamic. They need someone who can win. He can't. It's not a question of business being able to work with Jindal, business can back any number of free market fanatics that have more moderate images, who appeal to a broader demographic. Why back Jindal over Romney? Or Pawlenty? (Not that either of them could win anything either.)

            I question whether Jindal could even prevail in a closed Republican primary where his opponents would attack him with a ruthlessness that Blanco could never dream. He's never been tested like that. The state GOP groomed Jindal, it's not like he had to fight his way out of the gutter. He became a protege of Mike Foster almost immediately after completing his education. The guy has been coddled, which is why I maintain he's nothing but a token, not unlike J.C. Watts who was in Congress not 4-years when he was appointed to the fourth-highest position in the Republican caucus, even though he had no accomplishments to speak. Would anyone be discussing Bobby Jindal for national office if he weren't unique for being a brown Republican?  

            •  Your analysis is compelling ... (2+ / 0-)
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              but, come 2012:

              Jindal will have 4 years of being Governor under his belt.  He'll have spent the previous four years getting the wingnuts to be comfortable with him, which he's starting NOW, by going to Iowa on the 22nd of this month.  He'll have spent the previous four years getting big business to understand he's a free market fundamentalist.  

              As for other players:

              Romney's finished.  He can't get the wingnuts - the VOTERS - behind him, so he'll lose.  

              Huckabee is the best bet, but he'll have to drop the whole economic populist schtick for big business to be comfortable enough to drop their $$ behind him.  

              I could see Gov. Crist of FL being a factor ... ditto Senator Thune of South Dakota.  

              But I still think that Jindal is their ticket.  They're all lining up behind him now ... look at the names behind the quotes in the graphic on that link:

              Newt Gingrich
              Grover Norquist
              Rush Limbaugh
              Michelle Malkin

              "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

              by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:04:25 PM PST

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              •  That said... (1+ / 0-)
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                While I completely agree with you, Ryan, I also believe that Jindal would've been just as disastrous of a VP pick as Palin has proven to be, regardless of the wingnuts who have now lined up behind him.

                Despite his visibility in the Republican Party, he still hasn't been thoroughly vetted. As both of us know, there is a treasure trove of untapped opposition research against him.  

              •  We can only hope he is nominated (1+ / 0-)
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                he might just break Goldwater's record. It would be the most entertaining spectacle we've ever witnessed. In fact, I'm having so much fun watching McCain's flail strategy every night, I wonder what could be done as a sequel--Bobby Jindal.

  •  Please share the story of Boustany's nobility (0+ / 0-)

    I want to hear all the details of this ridiculous attempt.

    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:57:58 PM PST

    •  You can read all about it (2+ / 0-)
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      here.

      But here's the short version:

      In the mid-'90's, there were British scam artists that were hoodwinking dumb rich Americans that they could buy English Titles of Nobility.  One of the things that came along with sending some $15,000 or whatever was the opportunity to ride in the Queen Mum's 100th Birthday parade on a float.  

      Boustany lost $18,500 according to a lawsuit he filed in Lafayette.  

      He's a millionaire ... a surgeon.  He could have just let it go, and no one would have none about it but he and his wife.  But, no, he files a lawsuit that goes NOWHERE.  

      "Some see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were, and ask why not?" -George Bernard Shaw, as quoted by RFK

      by DailyKingFish on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:03:48 PM PST

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  •  Heard a funny comment (1+ / 0-)
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    at a recent Gridiron Dinner sponsored by the local ad club here in Monroe. Background: Several former Louisiana Insurance Commissioners are either currently serving or have served sentences because of fraud in office.
    I was suggested that we elect Osama Bin Laden as the Louisiana Insurance Commissioner...he would be in jail within 6 months, guaranteed.
    Maybe it was just my warped sense of humor that made that funny to me. GEAUXBAMA

  •  Great stuff. (3+ / 0-)
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    "Intelligence and stupidity have no limits. Unfortunately it looks like stupidity has won" -Arsene Wenger

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 06:58:51 PM PST

  •  Our Obama Zydeco vid, Oui On Puet, at 100,000! (4+ / 0-)

    If you want to check out some of our local Louisiana pro-Obama mojo, go check out our Obama Zydeco video, Oui On Puet, just about to cross 100,000 hits on youtube!  Here it is:

    We have received a lot of great response and some extremely nasty response as well.  But that's our country.  All opinions viable.  We're giving out a 100% positive message with our video, so most of the super negative stuff that people have done with it just hasn't gotten any air.......

    "The law of love will work, just as the law of gravitation will work, whether we accept it or not...." -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by waydownsouth on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:47:57 PM PST

  •  Do any of these polticians talk education? (0+ / 0-)

    I tried to move back there from Texas 10 years ago.Put my kids in school in Hammond. They tested my kids. Said it would be better if we moved. They had nothing for them. I homeschooled until I could get back to Texas.

    Has anything been done? I went to the same high school as Terry Bradshaw and Joe Ferguson...then graduated Neville in 1972. I don't think it was that bad back then.  

    Louisiana is the state I love. But, I would not raise kids there.

    Obama hits the high notes. Speaks to our hearts and minds.

    by redtex on Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 08:04:32 PM PST

  •  Isn't J. Bennett Johnston still alive? (4+ / 0-)

    Did I miss something? There is a reference to "the late" Senator Johnston. Landrieu replaced him in the Senate in 1997, but if I'm not mistaken, I believe he is still alive.

  •  AA's don't like Cazayoux because (2+ / 0-)
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    as a Louisiana delegate he didn't come out for Obama.  The entire LA delegation was silent, and refused to endorse.  Now, the AA community is being bombarded with calls from Michele and Obama to vote for Cazayoux. We will hold our nose and vote for him because O endorsed him.  We really don't appreciate his silence and refusal to back O in the primary.  Michael Jackson is pitching hard for the AA vote, but the word is out that he is backed by Repubs and was paid to split the vote.  This is truly a situation of voting for the lesser of two evils!

    •  Give him some time... (2+ / 0-)
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      Yeah, he was definitely too timid on that affair. The problem is that the GOP mouthpieces are so wealthy and so loud that they make many white Democrats afraid of their own shadow.

      Having said that, Cazayoux, if re-elected, will be spending a lot of time building bridges with his AA constituency.

      As for Jackson, I hope he enjoyed spending Lane Grigsby's money, as that's pretty much it for him in Louisiana politics (unless he decides to be Ralph Nader every 2 years).

  •  "Oui, on peut -- Yes we can!" Obama Zydeco... (1+ / 0-)
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    http://uk.youtube.com/...

    A demain, laissez le bons temps roulez, roulez, roulez.  Oui, on peut.

    As an Iraqi-American academic born and raised in New Orleans, this voter is not pleased.

    by naltikriti on Mon Nov 03, 2008 at 07:36:26 AM PST

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