Monthly Archives: October 2014

Halloween Open Thread

Halloween 2014 is now upon us. How will you guys be celebrating it? Are you looking forward to putting on your costumes or dealing with trick-or-treaters for the rest of the night?

My parents have invited the little girls in our family (since almost everyone in my family only has girls for some reason) come over for dinner and trick-or-treating. I expect to be worn out by the end of the night. Presumably, my Dad and I will be left to handle the distribution of the candy to everyone who visits our house, but neither of us will be dressing up for the occasion.

And though it might be Halloween tonight, the truly scary night for Democrats will be on November 4th, so I’m looking forward to that, too.

So Happy Halloween, RedState readers! Use this thread to talk about your Halloween plans and experiences this year, and don’t forget that it’s okay to gloat a little at the Democrats’ prospects this election year!

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#LASen: A Little More on Mary Landrieu’s Slamming of Her State’s Voters

My Front Page colleague Joe Cunningham has done a great job covering Mary Landrieu referring to Louisiana voters as racist and sexist, but there’s a couple more things I’d like to point out. First of all, if you haven’t seen the video of the exchange, NBC News has it up:

Here’s the most important part:

I’ll be very very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Tmericans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It”s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place. So we’ve had to work a little bit harder on that, but you know, the people trust me, I believe. Really they do. Trust me to do the right thing for the state.

I think it’s important to note how Louisianans have responded to this statement. NBC’s Baton Rouge affiliate calls them a “PR nightmare” for her. The Daily Caller has posted all of Bobby Jindal’s tweets on the issue, and he is not pleased. Among other things, he calls it “a major insult by Senator Landrieu to the people of Louisiana and I flatly reject it”. Meanwhile, James Varney at the New Orleans Times-Picayune says that the Landrieu campaign “has hit rock bottom”. He continues:

Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., appropriately called her out.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2%‘s comments are remarkably divisive,” Jindal tweeted. “She appears to be living in a different century.”

Jindal is exactly right. Landrieu’s comments, if uttered 50 years or more ago when Democratic stalwarts like Orval Faubus and Bull Connor roamed the landscape, would have been accurate. Landrieu’s late Democratic colleague in the Senate and noted Klansman Robert Byrd would have had vivid memories of those times.

But those times are not these times. Landrieu was a bit closer to the mark a few days back when she blamed herself rather than Obama for her bleak position.

It would be nice to say Landrieu’s slandering of her constituents marked a low point but she isn’t the only Democrat smearing their political opposition in these final, frantic days before the 2014 midterm elections. Democratic state party officials in Maryland and Georgia, along with shadowy groups in North Carolina have …read more    

Landrieu Jumps on the Race Wagon

When I first started working in radio, I was fortunate enough to get an interview with Mary Landrieu. It was just after her initial vote to push Obamacare to the floor for a final vote. She defended it and I largely let her – at the time, I wasn’t very politically aware, and I was working at a station in a city that is 65% black, many of whom listened to the station. I wasn’t nearly as brave as I would be now in that same situation.

Well, her office was so pleased with the interview that her two press guys, whose names escape me now, came to my town and had coffee. The conversation was interesting, and I really enjoyed the talk. One of the things that stuck with me, however, was their biggest complaint about working against Republicans. “They can shorten their attacks to just a word, making it impossible to attack back because there is such a stigma attached to what they accuse us of.”

Their examples were “communist,” “socialist,” and terms like that. What is fascinating to me is that, in the same breath, they and their allies would call Republicans racist, sexist, overall bigots, etc.

The absolute blindness on their part to see they readily do what they accused Republicans of doing is astounding. Which leads us, of course, to today, where Mary Landrieu is receiving a little pushback on some comments she made Thursday:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Republicans are calling on Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mary Landrieu2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% to apologize after she suggested Thursday that President Barack Obama’s deep unpopularity in the South is partly tied to race.

In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, Landrieu was quoted as saying that the South “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans.”

The comments came after an NBC reporter asked the senator why Obama has such low approval ratings in Louisiana. Landrieu’s first response was that the president’s energy policies are deeply disliked by residents of the oil and gas-rich state.

She then added, “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

Story via AP. It’s a wonderful tale of “Oh …read more