By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Is former New Orleans governor Mitch Landrieu going to run for president? A Landrieu candidacy has been getting a lot of attention of late and if I were a betting person, I’d say he is going to run.
Landrieu is, of course, being coy about it which is to be expected at this early date.
CNN speculates that Landrieu is hoping Joe Biden will run against President Trump in 2020:
When Mitch Landrieu discusses his ideal opponent for President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, he acknowledges it sounds like he’s describing Joe Biden.
“I would like somebody that could restore America’s stature in the world on day one,” the Democratic former New Orleans mayor said in a televised edition of “The Axe Files,” airing Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.
“I would like somebody that knows exactly what they’re doing, because they’ve done that before, that can stabilize and just rebalance the country for four years,” he told CNN’s David Axelrod, who countered that it sounded like Landrieu was describing the former vice president.
“I think I am. Honestly,” Landrieu said. “If I had to pick today, I would — and he could take over tomorrow, and — you know, life would be a lot better for everybody.”
Recent poll results reported at The Hill have Biden leading the pack for the Democrats with Hillary coming in second and Bernie Sanders after her. Some things never change.
Landrieu would be a dark horse candidate. His main claim to fame, besides his family name, is his removal of the Confederate monuments in New Orleans on the advice of jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
This created months of protests and problems in New Orleans and while Landrieu was myopically focused on the statues issue, NOLA crime spiraled out of control and complaints were raised about the crumbling infrastructure.
Earlier this month, Politico published a puff piece on Landrieu that is difficult to get through for those of us who disagreed with Landrieu’s portrayal of Americans as barbarians whenever he spoke about the monuments. The author of the piece, Edward-Isaac Dovere, fawns over what he calls Landrieu’s “Obama-like intellectualism” and praises Landrieu’s intellect and control.
If Landrieu does indeed run in 2020, the monuments issue will certainly be an issue as it most directly ties into our national history; the issue of racism will also be center stage as that is the reason Landrieu cites for their removal.
There are many issues about a Landrieu presidency that would have to be carefully considered. What position would his sister play in a Landrieu presidency, if any? How much influence would she bring to her brother’s term?
It’s too early (for me) to speculate too heavily on 2020, but many are already playing the game and Landrieu knows that. He’s getting out there and with his new book and book tour underway, he has a nice platform to do that.
Perhaps it’s not too early to start doing our research after all.