Monday, December 08, 2014
Landrieu Destroyed In Louisiana; GOP Wins 54th Senate Seat + 2 House Seats
The Louisiana primaries are over, and as expected, Bill Cassidy will be the 54th Republican senator in the new congress.The spread was astonishing...almost 15 points. Even the Clintons couldn't help her. And they're about the only ones in the Democrat establishment that tried.
Aside from the fact that she was a serially corrupt public official who didn't even live in her home state, a big reason for such a decisive victory was that the Republicans united after the primary. When Tea Party favorite Rob Maness fell short in the primary, he was quick to mend fences with Cassidy and endorse him to make a united front, exercising Ronald Reagan's political dictum of getting behind the most conservative candidate who can get elected.
The GOP also retained two seats in the run offs, bringing their total to 246 seats, and increase of 12 from the last congress.
Republican physician Ralph Abraham won in Louisiana’s 5th District congressional seat, defeating Monroe's Democratic Mayor Jamie Mayo, probably the most prominent and well known of Louisiana's remaining Democrats. That actually counts as a pickup, since the seat had been lost by Republican Rep. Vance McAllister who lost his seat after a video showed him infected by the Bill Clinton disease when it came to his marriage vows.
In the Pelican State's 6th District congressional race, Republican Garret Graves, who was GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal's coastal restoration chief, defeated former Democratic Gov. Edwin Edwards, who decided to run for congress after spending over eight years in prison. Only in Louisiana!
While Landrieu was a travesty of a senator, it's worth noting that her demise represents the continuing extinction of a long tradition of Southern Democrats. Aside from Tim Kaine and Mark Warner in Virginia and Bill Nelson in Florida, there are none in the Senate, and representation in the house is mainly confined to black Democrats whom mostly survive in racially gerrymandered districts.
When one considers how solidly Democrat the South used to be, it's an interesting change that reflects how far the Democrats have shifted to the far Left.