I truly believe that Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has reached a level of self-centeredness that would make even the Narcissist-in-Chief sitting in the White House proud. As she was preparing last April for her 4th senate term in a state significantly more conservative and Republican then when she won her first Senate campaign in 1996, Sen. Landrieu laid out the major argument she would make to voters in an interview with nola.com:
"Without sounding braggadocios, I'm indispensable in this effort to secure for Louisiana a significant and reliable string of revenue to save our coast."
Following the rollout of Obamacare in October last year, Landrieu found herself on the defensive as the law---she accepts full responsibility for providing the final vote for passage---started falling apart. In a speech where she would challenge Louisiana voters to kick her out of office, Landrieu defended her actions as being above reproach:
"I am going to run for reelection. I am standing in this election as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act–not because it is a perfect law but because it is much better for all the people I represent than what we had before–the wealthiest people, the middle-class people, and the poor people.”
And it was just last month that Sen. Landrieu contended that getting rid of her wouldn't be good for Louisiana---something we agree with, but for entirely different reasons:
“I think we need senators that will find a common ground and compromise,” Landrieu said. I’m one of the few that’s left. So getting rid of me and a few other people would not be good for the country and its future.”
Her narcissism would be easier to tolerate if she were actually as vital to America as she thinks she is. In a vote today on the Keystone XL Pipeline---an action that has a lot to do with her falling poll numbers, and very little with her indispensability---Landrieu had to admit that she is powerless to do much of anything on issues important to America:
"Look, I can have a lot of influence — not sole — but I have a tremendous influence at the committee level as chair. Not complete — I have a minority and a majority to consult. But I can move this out of the committee," Landrieu told reporters Thursday in the Capitol.
"Then it's going to be up to [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] and [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] as to whether they can negotiate a straight-up vote on Keystone. That will be their negotiation. I will have done my part," Landrieu said.
HMMMMM... Seems like Reid and McConnell are more "indispensable" than Mary might be. Don't you think? Maybe she just got her "I" words confused. Perhaps when she said indispensable . . . she meant insignificant.
The bottom line is this: Mary Landrieu is a rubber stamp for Obama and the extreme left---having voted pro-Obama 97% of the time---and her midnight hour attempt to do something to distance herself from that fact with things like today's Keystone Pipeline vote only prove that she is anything but indispensable. Hopefully, Louisiana voters will remember that fact in November.
By the way, it would appear that Landrieu's pipeline vote today is too late for another reason. Canada’s government approved their own version of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Tuesday when they approved a controversial proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia.
Way to go, Mary!
Posted on The Strident Conservative