Diary

Forget the Dec 6th runoff; Landrieu is running for 2016

Other than having the same color hair as Cameron Diaz, for Louisiana voters, this year there is definitely NOTHING about Mary that appeals to them. Yet Landrieu is running an aggressive (actually a dirty campaign) in the run-off against [mc_name name=’Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001075′ ].

The big question is why?

She’s going to lose, and big.  Her one hope was that control of the Senate might hang on the outcome. That’s disappeared.

She launched a desperate hail-Mary ( pun intended) just before the election..accusing the voters of the state that elected her three times before as being both misogynistic and racist.

She’s ignored pleas from key players and media in the state to concede. Instead, she barrels on.

Again, why?

Actually, the answer is easy.

Landrieu knew she was going to lose, big, this year. Obama is about as popular as Ebola in the state. And she was tied to Obama..voting with him “97% of the time to support his agenda.”

Many wondered why didn’t she just retire…go out gracefully, on top. She could get a cushy job as a lobbyist in DC..heck..she already has the requisite big house there.

The answer is [mc_name name=’Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’V000127′ ].

Vitter’s decision to retire, and run for governor in 2016, meant there would be an open seat. The race for that seat began last week. And Mary wants back in.

The contest for the GOP senate nomination will be fascinating, possibly even more so than for the presidential race . LA now has five Republican congressmen;  ( I’m assuming that  Graves finally sends Edwards into retirement) all of whom have to be contemplating, if not salivating at the idea of being a Senator.

There there’s Rob Maness, the conservative Tea Party favorite, who lost to Cassidy, but is well positioned to keep on running. Jeff Landry is another possibility. And there’s Paul Dietzel, who might be better as a statewide candidate..the name recognition factor. And if LSU has a great team in 2016..that might be just enough for him.

And of course, there’s the big kahuna..Bobby Jindal..the very popular governor who is term limited. If he announced, he’d clear the field immediately.

Jindal has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate for the WH, or for the VP slot. I’m a great admirer of his, but I think it’s a long shot.

The question is, would he want to serve in the Senate, where he would be an awesome conservative voice, or would he rather head, as one possiblility.. Health and Human Services in a GOP administration. When Obamacare is finally repealed, he’d be crucial to implementing the needed Republican programs.

Of all the Democrat senators who lost their seats, Landrieu was probably the one most damaged by Obama’s unpopularity. Or, to put it another way…absent Obama, she had the best chance to keep her seat.

So, when she runs in 2016, it will be as an outsider…she won’t be tainted by Obama anymore. She will have two years to regroup, motivate the black base in the state, and state her positions, and she’ll likely be running with Hillary at the top of the ticket…..a BIG improvement for her. And she can easily clear the field..the nomination will be handed to her.

And so she assumes that Jindal won’t run for the Senate, and that she can easily beat Maness, or any of the other hopefuls.

[mc_name name=’Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000550′ ] is a lot  of things….a dumb blond isn’t one of them.