By: Pat Austin
It has not been a particularly good week to be Mary Landrieu. Two statewide polls have found that the incumbent Senator is running behind challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Rabid Democrat and NOLA contributor Robert Mann suggests in a column this week that Landrieu may lose her election, but it won’t be because of her Obamacare vote. Obamacare, he brightly contends, “is working”! In fact, he says, Democratic candidates should campaign full throttle on Obamacare!
Wonderful advice, I think:
Perhaps one lesson for Landrieu and other Democrats is that they must effectively and aggressively champion the health care law to the party’s base, not just meekly defend it
Absolutely excellent advice. I hope all the Democrats across the nation campaign on Obamacare. Really, I think that would work out very well.
Voters in Louisiana are tired of Katrina Mary and her Obamacare kickback. Louisiana Purchase Mary had a backroom deal in the Obamacare vote in which she was bought for $300 million in Medicaid funding and also got national Democratic support for her brother’s mayoral campaign. Mitch Landrieu won his mayoral race in February with 64% of the vote.
Mary Landrieu has won three Senate elections in Louisiana; she’s been there since 1997, which is quite long enough, I think. While she does have serious name recognition in Louisiana I think that this time that won’t work in her favor. Rep. Cassidy is the first real serious challenger for Landrieu. As Brian Hughes at the Washington Examiner points out, Landrieu has always had weak opponents and has still managed to barely squeak out wins.
After her Obamacare vote her poll numbers plummeted. Despite Bob Mann’s head-in-the-sand perspective (“The very idea that Obamacare is unpopular is wrong,” he says!) Louisiana voters in the majority dislike the monstrous bill and many of us recognized early on that it was doomed to failure because of its overreach into our lives and because of the lies around which is was sold (“You can keep your doctor!). Really, who ever believed that one?
All that being said, Landrieu will not go without a fight. She has taken out lots of ad time and will have much nationwide Democratic support (translate: dollars) behind her. Rep. Cassidy will need financial support and a good turnout to defeat her.
But, I think it can be done. It’s time for Landrieu to consider retirement. I’m sure Obama will have a nice ambassador job for her somewhere.
Pat Austin also blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.