My Front Page colleague Joe Cunningham has done a great job covering Mary Landrieu referring to Louisiana voters as racist and sexist, but there's a couple more things I'd like to point out. First of all, if you haven't seen the video of the exchange, NBC News has it up:
Here's the most important part:
I'll be very very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Tmericans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It''s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It's more of a conservative place. So we've had to work a little bit harder on that, but you know, the people trust me, I believe. Really they do. Trust me to do the right thing for the state.
I think it's important to note how Louisianans have responded to this statement. NBC's Baton Rouge affiliate calls them a "PR nightmare" for her. The Daily Caller has posted all of Bobby Jindal's tweets on the issue, and he is not pleased. Among other things, he calls it "a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it". Meanwhile, James Varney at the New Orleans Times-Picayune says that the Landrieu campaign "has hit rock bottom". He continues:
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., appropriately called her out.
"[mc_name name='Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)' chamber='senate' mcid='L000550' ]'s comments are remarkably divisive," Jindal tweeted. "She appears to be living in a different century."
Jindal is exactly right. Landrieu's comments, if uttered 50 years or more ago when Democratic stalwarts like Orval Faubus and Bull Connor roamed the landscape, would have been accurate. Landrieu's late Democratic colleague in the Senate and noted Klansman Robert Byrd would have had vivid memories of those times.
But those times are not these times. Landrieu was a bit closer to the mark a few days back when she blamed herself rather than Obama for her bleak position.
It would be nice to say Landrieu's slandering of her constituents marked a low point but she isn't the only Democrat smearing their political opposition in these final, frantic days before the 2014 midterm elections. Democratic state party officials in Maryland and Georgia, along with shadowy groups in North Carolina have done the same. The tax cheat Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., delved even deeper into the past and his dotage claiming some Republicans think slavery still exists.
He also notes Republican Rob Maness' brutal response:
"Maybe if Sen. Landrieu actually lived in Louisiana, she would know that the reason why she and President Obama are so unpopular is because of the policies they support and the big government agenda they have imposed on Louisiana's working families," Maness wrote in a statement. "Quite frankly, Sen. Landrieu owes the people of Louisiana an apology for relegating them to nothing but racists and sexists."
Finally, while we're all justifiably focusing on her returning to the typical Democratic habits of playing the racism and sexism cards when they don't have anything else going for them, the conservative sources I've seen reporting on this neglect her comments on energy. Note how, in the interview, she never calls President Obama's energy policies "wrong". She only says that they are "different" from what people believe in Louisiana. If she really has a problem with the Obama administrations policies regarding energy, then why didn't she explicitly say so?
So, if you're in Louisiana, do you want this woman representing you in the Senate for another six years? I suspect you don't, so this November 4th, let's send her packing.
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