Racism watch: Recall petition against Cao (R, LA-02)

    Fortunately, it won’t go anywhere, so the Democrats will have to try to win this seat back on their own, with no shenanigans. Note that even the AP isn’t buying the ‘ostensible’ reason for this: NEW ORLEANS — Legal roadblocks will likely doom an effort launched this week to recall U.S. Rep. Ahn “Joseph” Cao, the Vietnamese Republican who scored a surprise December victory in | Read More »

    Edwin Edwards’ (D-LA) Stay at the Crossbar Hotel Extended

    Because I never tire of seeing former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards (D-LA) wearing the government-issue uniform that suits him so well. Edwin Edwards’ hopes for early release appear dim WASHINGTON — Edwin Edwards’ hopes for an early release from federal prison appeared dead Monday as President George W. Bush issued what top aides said would be his final acts of clemency with no mention of | Read More »

    Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) in Washington: A Dose of Patriotic Upliftenment to Start Your Day

    Promoted from diaries. – Moe Lane The story of newly-elected Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao, Republican of the Second District of Louisiana, embodies everything good and optimistic about our Republic. Not only is it the story of his stunning upset victory over career kleptocrat William Jefferson, Democrat of New Orleans, it is the story of the hope that our wonderful country offers to the downtrodden and | Read More »

    ‘Jena Six’ Defendant Shoots Self to Avoid Media Spotlight

    Legitimate civil rights victims are in woefully short supply these days. Back in 2006, a cadre of progressive and minority rights agitators descended on the small town of Jena, LA, instantly transforming a group of high school thugs from troubled young perpetrators into Icons of the Civil Rights Movement. Police: ‘Jena Six’ teen shoots self, is treated A teen convicted in the “Jena Six” beating | Read More »

    Minnesota: Banana Republic?

    Minnesota enjoys a reputation as a progressive, highly-educated, hard-working paragon of Midwestern virtue. It is the polar opposite of my adopted home state of Louisiana. Minnesota is near the top on all the “good” quality-of-life lists. Louisiana is in the cellar, or nearly so, on the same lists. Minnesota’s 5.2 million citizens have a per capita tax burden ($2,890) that is #4 among the states, | Read More »

    CBC to Cao: “Whites (and Vietnamese Republicans) Need Not Apply”

    Promoted from diaries. Will the CBC choose the content of Cao’s character over the color of his skin? After all, the people of LA-02 did. – Moe Lane This should be interesting. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R), fresh off his stunning upset of career Corruptocrat William Jefferson (D) to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, is interested in joining the Congressional Black Caucus. “I’d join any caucus | Read More »

    “Bill Jefferson’s Legal Woes Just Got Worse”

    In a <a href=”http://blog.nola.com/jamesgill/2008/12/jeffersons_legal_woes_just_got.html”>Times-Picayune opinion piece,</a> writer James Gill observes that defeated U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) is set receive the O.J. version of American Justice: as much as he can afford, and not a penny more. Now that his income and his, er…, payback options are seriously curtailed, Jefferson’s crack legal staff may be more interested in trimming their own losses. Read the whole | Read More »

    It’s Official…Fleming Headed to Congress Without Recount

    Democrat Paul Carmouche has conceded to Republican Representative-Elect John Flemming.  Flemming will take over the seat of retiring Republican Rep. Jim McCrery (Louisiana-4).  Flemming held a strong Republican district by 350 votes.  Hopefully that margin will increase as Flemming begins to run as an incumbent.  I, for one, would like to congratulate John Flemming on his victory.  He is a solid Pro-Life vote.  Also…thank you Paul Carmouche for accepting | Read More »

    Holy Cao! (pronounced “gow”)

    Anh “Joseph” Cao adjusts to role as GOP star If only Washington would adjust to the courage, humility and sense of service that Rep.-elect Cao brings to his post. Cao, a refugee from Vietnam, is the unlikeliest of political figures: slight, soft-spoken and self-effacing, a seemingly guileless figure, yet one with a sharp sense of humor and degrees in physics, philosophy and law and six | Read More »

    Mr. Cao Goes to Washington

    The stunning defeat of career Corruptocrat William Jefferson (D-LA; IN HIS FREEZER!) gives us all several reasons to celebrate. Sure, it’s a partisan victory, but one that is unlikely to translate into any long-term Republican advantage. The Democratic voting mentality is deeply entrenched in LA-02. For whatever reason, African-American voters stayed away from the polls in droves on Saturday. Let’s celebrate because, for once, the | Read More »

    With the help of an upset win the bayou states sends two more Republicans to Washington

    Have you ever heard of Anh “Joseph” Cao (R)? Don’t worry neither have I accept only recently. Never mind that. The people of 2nd Congressional District in Louisiana have and they voted him in office over the embattled, but popular, William Jefferson (D).

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    Alive And Kicking

    With the ouster of William “In His Freezer” Jefferson and the capture of another House seat in Louisiana, the Republican Party shows that it is anything but a spent force. Congratulations go out to Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American to have been elected to Congress, and John Fleming, who beat Obama-backed Paul Carmouche. Jefferson’s loss is, of course, a blow against the kind of corruption | Read More »

    The Obama Honeymoon: Let’s Ignore Elections

    William Jefferson lost. Let’s be honest. In his district, his loss had more to do with him not sharing the money in his freezer than it does him having put the money in his freezer. But beyond that, the media response is interesting. Since Barack Obama’s election, Republicans won the Georgia runoff. Republicans won William Jefferson’s seat in a heavily Democrat area. Republicans won McCrery’s | Read More »

    Lessons Learned from LA-02: Hooray for Joseph Cao!

    “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Saturday’s general election in LA-02 would normally have fallen on November 4, but the election scheduled was altered on account of Hurricane Gustav in early September. The huge turnout for the presidential race would have undoubtedly returned Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) to office. It’s hard to sustain voter enthusiasm for a crook. Especially one with no | Read More »

    Meet Joseph Cao (R-LA)

    From the Times-Picayune, Dec. 1 edition: <blockquote>Born in war-ravaged Vietnam, Cao fled to the United States when he was 8, learned English, earned degrees in physics and philosophy, and joined the Catholic seminary. When his views on how best to serve the poor changed, Cao went to law school, began a practice specializing in immigration, settled in Venetian Isles [a largely Vietnamese community in eastern | Read More »