Louisiana No Sale: New Senate 54 Republicans to 46 Democrats

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Remember the ‘Louisiana Purchase’?

 

On the eve of Saturday’s showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn’t secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote — and to trumpet the financial “fix” she had arranged for Louisiana. “I am not going to be defensive,” she declared. “And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.”

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17 Comments

  1. Senator-elect Bill Cassidy’s election is the “icing on the cake”! Ousting pro-abortion “Catholic” Mary Landrieu, who desperately tried to use the “race card” and the “righteous feminist card” was finally exposed as the charlatan she is. I hope she visits with a good priest and is able to make her way to “spiritual health”. Now wave goodbye, Mary!

  2. How wonderful to see the scales falling from the eyes of the electorate. Let us pray the Republicans do something efficacious and principled with their newly gained advantage. A. Cloney, I hope you are prescient regarding Mary L’s spiritual awakening. What better way to save a died-in-the-wool-Democrat’s soul than to defeat them at the polls?

  3. I agree with Clooney too! Wow, I didn’t know she was another Pro-abortion “Catholic”! And Walsh, agree also! Here’s hoping, praying and calling those Representatives of the people every day!

  4. Worth repeating; “In the South, Democrats will be left without a single U.S. senator or governor across nine states stretching from the Carolinas to Texas.”

    Praise God.

  5. Barack Obama’s last two years in office. With nearly all votes counted, unofficial returns showed Cassidy with a commanding victory in Saturday’s runoff as he ousted the last of the Senate’s Deep South Democrats. In the South, Democrats will be left without a single U.S. senator or governor across nine states stretching from the Carolinas to Texas.
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    In truth, close to nil. Migratory patterns have rendered central and south Florida a collecting pool of migrants from outside the South, the majority of Delaware’s population is now a component of greater Philadelphia, and 2/3 of Maryland’s is now in greater Baltimore (long ago incorporated into the urban ethnic Rustbelt category) and greater Washington. The two Democrats representing Virginia are there due to big majorities rolled up in the DC suburbs (8% of Virginia’s population in 1950 and 27% today). The last authentic Southern Democrat in the Senate is the irritated Mr. Manchin. In the House, the Democrats from ‘Southern’ states represent transplant meccas like the Washington suburbs and south Florida, or represent districts where blacks or chicanos are a majority. There are only a half-dozen or so exceptions (two from Texas, two from North Carolina, one from the Florida panhandle, and one from Louisville). In 1955, you might have found a half dozen Southern Republicans in the House from upland areas like East Tennessee or peripheral areas like western Maryland. The country’s come full circle.

  6. Maryland ceased being a Southern state long, long ago, if it ever was in the 20th century. The Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland and Western Maryland (west of Hagerstown) are completely overwhelmed by Baltimore City, its suburbs and the Washington suburbs. Virginia is NOT lost to the GOP. Cuccinelli and Gillespie both could have won. For some reason, Florida keeps reelecting Bill Nelsen.

    West Virginia isn’t a Southern state and is going through a long realignment process to becoming GOP as the Donkeycrats have abandoned the kind of people who live in West Virginia.

  7. Perhaps we may live to see the demise of the latter day Robber Barons, those who are voted a living by those who vote for a living.

  8. On another forum that was discussing the Landrieu loss, I inquired whether my understanding that Louisiana was a fairly solid blue or at least purple state prior to Hurricane Katrina’s depopulation of New Orleans was accurate. One person said that Louisiana went red (for Bush) in 2000 and never looked back, while another said that any remaining affinity LA residents may have had for the Dems was destroyed by the administration of Dem governor Kathleen Blanco, who was in office during Katrina. Both agreed that the exodus of New Orleans residents post-Katrina simply intensified a “red” shift that was already there.

    If these comments are themselves accurate, I would expect the same process to be underway in other states (e.g. Missouri, due to the Ferguson debacle) and nationwide to the point that, in non-urban areas, Democrats might be lucky to get elected dogcatcher by 2016.

  9. “Democrats might be lucky to get elected dogcatcher by 2016.” Pity the dogs, Elaine. The ideas of the Left just do not work. The more they succeed electorally, the more they fail in practicality. Perhaps, Obama has served as an instructive bad example.

  10. Moe Lane quoted at Instapundit: “It’s not demographics, and it’s certainly not gerrymandering, and shoot, it’s not even Barack Obama. It’s that the people running the Democrat party hate the South. And, Southerners have noticed.”

  11. Yep, just like the Democrats are shocked, shocked that their demonization of white men turns off most white men and their wives. Tell a group often enough that you despise them and, son of a gun, they will tend to believe you!

  12. Maryland ceased being a Southern state long, long ago, if it ever was in the 20th century. –

    There remained an obtrusive Dixiecrat element in the Democratic Party in Maryland (as well as a Baltimore clubhouse element) into the 1980s. It was not until after 1980 that you ceased to see examples of Republican candidates running to the left of the Democratic nominee in statewide contests. Segregation was a contested issue in Maryland politics as late as 1966. One of the Kennedy Administration’s embarrassments was that ambassadors accredited by African governments were having trouble getting a meal at roadside diners in Maryland.

    West Virginia isn’t a Southern state and is going through a long realignment process to becoming GOP as the Donkeycrats have abandoned the kind of people who live in West Virginia.

    Take it up with the linguists. The Ohio Valley cities upriver from Huntington are sorted to the ‘central midland’ zone. The rest of the state is Southern. (Of course, small Rustbelt cities are not promising material for the Democratic Party’s social sandwich and coastal cities alignment).

  13. One other thing. As late as 1950, about 1/2 the population of Maryland lived outside of greater Baltimore and outside of the tract development adjacent to DC. Greater Washington has in population grown 3.5 fold as the national population has grown 2 fold. (Interestingly enough, federal employees make up only about 14% of the local workforce in that metropolis).

  14. Yep, just like the Democrats are shocked, shocked that their demonization of white men turns off most white men and their wives

    Not so much the general run of Democratic pols as truculent minority pols and vociferous social groups who make the Democratic Party their vehicle. I suspect future generations are going to have some surprise at the assumptions encoded into the modus operandi and discourse of higher education, the media, and corporate HR in our time.

  15. “The last authentic Southern Democrat in the Senate is the irritated Mr. Manchin.”
    Given the tilt of his State, probably the last for some time to come. I wouldn’t be shocked if he flipped parties at some point, but probably not this term.

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