Monday, September 22, 2014

Was It Just Senator Landrieu's First Keg Stand or More of Her Last Political Stand?

Three term Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is engaged in a tough re-election fight in the Pelican State.  The eighteen year incumbent is polling well below 50% against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-LA 6th) in a three person race.  Due to Louisiana's Jungle Primary, if no candidate achieves 50.01% of the vote, she will be forced into a run off which she is trailing the leading Republican by 13%.

To compound campaign migraines, it was recently revealed that based upon an internal investigation, Senator Landrieu had charged more than $33,700 in campaign flights in 43 trips to her Senate office since 2002.   As this Landrieu "sloppy book-keeping" came to light and gained notoriety, Ms. Landrieu promised to reimburse taxpayers.

Perhaps to overshadow this onslaught of bad news on the campaign trail, Senator Landrieu resorted to some colorful grassroots campaigning.    As Senator Landrieu toured her old stomping grounds at  Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (class of '77), she encountered a football tailgate in which young collegiates for the 58 year old senior Senator of Louisiana  to partake in a keg stand as part of the Fighting Tiger's home-stand against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

While Landrieu declined to do a keg stand herself (even though it might earn her votes), she tried having it both ways by pouring a 20 something guy who she termed "a purple shirted bro". Alas, Landrieu's tailgate irrational enthusiasm did not help the Tigers beat the Bulldogs as LSU lost  by a score of 34-29.

Landrieu allegedly expressed concern about how doing a keg stand herself would be covered by the national press.  Landrieu had nothing to fear.  The national press is covering for the Democrats losing big at the midterm elections.  As CNN's Chris Cuomo's commentary shows,  Landrieu's keg stand was a depicted as a  comedic sidelight, rather than a political act of desperation or stooping to conquer.

Had a Republican done something similar, indubitably the Lamestream Media would have panned the pedestrian pandering and probably would have "started a conversation" about binge drinking or rapes fueled by keg stands. 

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) recently appeared at a private fundraiser which was held at David Koch's  duplex on the East Side of Manhattan.  Donors pressed Governor Christie about his health.

Governor Christie has been seriously considering a campaign for President in 2016. Christie understood that he had to slim down if he had political aspirations beyond Trenton.

 So in February 2013, the rotund Garden State Governor secretly underwent gastric banding surgery..  Since then, Governor Christie has shed  85 pounds.  

To assuage prospective political heavyweight donors, Governor Christie quipped about his prior "great relationship" with food.  Christie's self deprecating humor  certainly makes him relatable for Middle America.  Alas, the Bridge-gate hatchet job, which the US Department of Justice cleared Christie after a nine month investigation, may hurt him in GOP primary positioning than subliminal public pocrescophia. 

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