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Unity wins out in Louisiana Senate race

Unity wins out in Louisiana Senate race

So much for that “Hail Mary”

On December 1, Democrats will gather together in a last ditch effort to save Mary Landrieu’s political career—but all the money in the world might not be able to save a race that many leftist groups have written off as a lost cause.

The swanky fundraiser, headlined by Hillary Clinton, is sure to bring in a sizable chunk of cash, but it might not be a helpful optic for the embattled incumbent. Clinton headlined a rally for Landrieu days before the general election, and Landrieu still failed to rally enough voters to hit the 50% mark.

In fact, it seems like Landrieu can do nothing right these days; her campaign is foundering, and even progressive strategists are looking at this runoff as a prime example of what not to do when your campaign is in trouble.

From The Hill:

She’s fallen back on an advertising strategy that seeks to portray her GOP opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (La.), as bumbling and incompetent. But nearly three weeks into their final faceoff, it is Cassidy who is ahead in the polls, and Democrats who are worried that Landrieu’s efforts are falling short.

“It didn’t work before, and if all you have is Cassidy bumbling in a speech, then you’re reaching,” said Danny Ford, a Democratic lobbyist and former party official in the state. “If they had something else on him they would have played it already.”

Bernie Pinsonat, an independent pollster and political consultant in Louisiana, called the ads “goofy” and said that they do nothing to alter the narrative in the state that Cassidy is bulldozing his way to the finish line.

While another Democratic operative close to the race argued that Cassidy remains a relative unknown who can still be defined by the ads, nearly three weeks into their final faceoff, strategists say it’s the Republican who is running the more effective campaign.

Considering Bill Cassidy is currently polling almost 16 points ahead of Landrieu, I’d say the unnamed operative is right.

Meanwhile, tea party groups and activists who worked hard to split the Republican vote in the general have joined Team Cassidy, as have volunteers brought in by the RNC and NRSC’s joint grassroots effort. This is significant not just for Cassidy’s race, but for races in the future.

We can joke about #unity all we want, but this is a huge deal, and it proves that when push comes to shove, conservatives have what it takes to take back territory that strategists and consultants have previously written off as “blue.” Cassidy may not have been the first choice of FRC, but they recognize that Senator Cassidy will be much, much more effective than Senator Landrieu in passing more conservative legislation.

Right now, volunteers are busy building relationships with voters in communities all over Louisiana—and it’s paying off. This isn’t just about one more Senate seat (although I’m all for grabbing as many Senate seats as we can); this is about showing the Democrats that our machine is capable of being just as if not more powerful than their machine.

Trust me—they’re terrified.


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Hillary Clinton is a top GOP vote saleswieiner much like President Eobala is a top gun salesmen.

She’s a joke to everyone except to two species of hacks: democRATs and the GOP establishment.

    Wally Kalbacken in reply to | November 23, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I’m kinda enjoying the Bill Cosby shizzle, in that this only highlights Hillary’s biggest liability – her husband and her own role in counter punching against his sexual assault accusers.

Things are getting worse for Landrieu… her parents are raising her rent.

The Black Conservatives Fund has mobilized their group in Louisiana to knock on doors and persuade voters to vote for Cassidy. Will be interesting to see the numbers after this election. The BCF is a good group to support.

Meanwhile, tea party groups and activists who worked hard to split the Republican vote

Really? Us devisive TP types — all we do is cause trouble? I don’t know if that’s what you intended to say, but that’s the way it comes off. Such “Grubering” mindset of establishment types really torques me and a lot of folks, and it’s a death wish for the party.

In this case, I wish I could come vote for Cassidy.

    Estragon in reply to JerryB. | November 23, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt, Stuart.

    Sarah Palin and Mark Levin and FRC, Senate Conservatives Fund and several ‘Tea Party’ groups encouraged Maness to stay in the race although it was very clear he could not win or even come close to making the runoff. Those are just facts.

    That Cassidy is leading so clearly now is in part to the credit of Rob Maness, who enthusiastically endorsed him on Election night. And NO THANKS to the self-aggrandizing who urged him to stay in.

    – –

    SCF sent some money, but you can bet that the ‘Tea Party’ groups and Palin’s PAC did not – they spend 95% of their money on salaries for friends and relatives, nice offices, first class travel and accommodations.

    Not much left for candidates, but they do manage to keep their names out there to attract more donations. Expenses, you know.

      JerryB in reply to Estragon. | November 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Denial is what Republicrats like you do to independently minded folks: denial of participation in the process. We’re tired of your kind, the Cochrans, McConnells, who like our votes but bow to their big money cronies.

      And you spread lies about Palin? Anyone can go see her FEC filings. Salaries are nowhere close to 95%. PDS is alive and well.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | November 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

Is the swanky fund raiser the one where Hillary bragged about having illegals as waiters?

So Amy, are you now in with with the crowd who claims that supporters of smaller, fiscally responsible, constitutional government are extremists, anarchists and bomb throwers? If not, “working hard to split the republican vote” was a poor choice of words. It implied intent. Did you mean to imply that the goal of the Tea Party was to split the republican vote?