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Boustany defeats Landry for La. congressional seat
Yahoo ^ | 12-9-2012 | AP

Posted on 12/09/2012 2:52:27 PM PST by Impy

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana congressman Charles Boustany won a fifth term on Saturday by handily defeating his fellow Republican incumbent, Jeff Landry, in a runoff election. The two men were forced into the same district when Louisiana lost a congressional seat because of anemic population growth in the latest federal census. The state will have six U.S. House seats in the new term that begins in January.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: boustany; house; lame; landry; louisiana; runoff
The loser and tea party favorite Landry was the more conservative choice of course.

Boustany showed himself to be a weasel by supporting a democrat congressional map that would have been good for him but could have given them a second seat.

I wonder if maybe democrats put Boustany over the top. I hate hate hate the stupid jungle primaries in Louisiana.

Oh well, Landry for SENATE 2014!

1 posted on 12/09/2012 2:52:38 PM PST by Impy
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; GeronL; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; goldstategop; MitchellC; ..

Lame but expected. Landry for Senate.


2 posted on 12/09/2012 2:57:56 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy
The loser and tea party favorite Landry was the more conservative choice of course.

Umm...aren't you supposed to blame Karl Rove every time this happens?

3 posted on 12/09/2012 3:00:51 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: Impy

Jeff Landry probably can’t win anything again. People in LA are fearful of those with the “straight talk.”


4 posted on 12/09/2012 3:02:00 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Theodore R.

Straight tea party talk = no more sugar subsidies which is sure death to a LA pol.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 3:06:50 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Impy

The RINO-Dem calition strikes again


6 posted on 12/09/2012 3:55:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; GeronL; GOPsterinMA; Theodore R.

Landry lost this race the minute Boustany convinced the GOP legislature to place the Cajun counties of Terrenonne and Lafourche (which were in Landry’s LA-03) in the heavily Republican, New-Orleans-suburban LA-01 and keep the Protestant Lake Charles area in Boustany’s CD instead of placing it in the underpopulated LA-04 (based in Lafayette), where it belonged. Boustany’s selfishness also resulted in the LA-04 being less comfortably Republican than would have been the case and the LA-05 having to go all the way into the Florida Parishes.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 7:54:20 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Unfortunately so. Still, I think Landry should take a run for the Senate.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 8:17:35 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy

I hope that Buddy Roemer will run for the U.S. Senate, in 2014. He has higher name recognition, since he was a governor and ran for president. If that state has an open U.S. Senate race, in 2016, Gov. Jindal should run.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 4:41:19 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

I am inclined to dismiss Roemer out of hand. His fetish for not raising money is a non-starter. And I question his name recognition, he was Governor a long time ago and his White House run was small and barely noticed, he got 1% in the LA primary.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 2:34:25 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: PhilCollins; Impy

Roemer is as big a heavyweight in LA politics today as Michael Patrick Flanagan is in IL.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 3:17:20 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy

Simply put, Roemer is pro-abort and hasn’t won office since 1987.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 3:19:46 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; PhilCollins; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

“Roemer is pro-abort”

He is? What a loser.

He also ended up endorsing Gary Johnson.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 3:44:17 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Gov. Roemer isn’t pro-aborton. In June 2011, I called him, and I asked him his abortion views. He said, “I think that life begins at conception and that our goverment should ensure that we protect the lives of unborn babies.”


14 posted on 12/14/2012 5:53:02 AM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

Doesn’t jibe with his record, Phil. He vetoed two anti-abortion bills in his last full year in the Governorship that were overridden by a then-heavily Dem legislature. It played more than a minor role in his defeat for reelection.

Still, I have to wonder why you’re so hung up on this guy, Phil. To run him for Senator in 2014 is absurd, as he will be 71. Tommy Thompson ought to be the example of why we shouldn’t be running anyone over the age of 65 (or maybe even 60) to be a freshman Senator. We should get behind folks like Jeff Landry, who will be a spritely 44 at the start of the January 2015 session (which was the same age when Roemer won the Governorship, 25 years ago).


15 posted on 12/14/2012 6:11:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Impy; PhilCollins; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

“his White House run was small and barely noticed, he got 1% in the LA primary”


By far the best performance by Buddy Roemer in a GOP presidential primary was in Puerto Rico, over a month after Roemer left the GOP to run under some newfangled “moderate” party (the mere fact that Roemer is no longer a Republican should make him a non-starter for the Senate seat); since he still was a candidate when the PR Secretary of State approved the ballot, he wasn’t kicked off. As you may recall, Roemer finished in third place in Puerto Rico—ahead of both Gingrich and Ron Paul—with close to 2.5% of the vote (almost 3,000 votes), and actually beat out Santorum for second place in four precincts.

How could that be possible? The GOP establishment in PR, from Governor Fortuño on down, was 100% behind Romney, and Romney’s list of delegates included the Senate president, the Speaker of the House, the Mayor of San Juan, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, etc., while the Santorum delegates included the likes of me. Well, political leaders down to the ward level had been instructed to tell people that they had to vote for Romney (which is why he beat out Santorum by like 85% to 8%), but I don’t think they did a very good job with a couple of thousand of voters, since they looked at the ballot, saw the name Buddy Roemer listed first (the order is randomly selected, and candidates appear from left to right on the top of the page), and thought “that must be the Romney guy I have to vote for” and marked an X under Roemer. This was particularly embarrassing given that (i) there were no delegates listed under Roemer’s name, while all those bigshots were listed under Romney’s name and (ii) there was a freaking picture of each candidate above his name. Here’s the ballot: http://209.68.12.238/Primarias2012Rep/docs/PapeletaModelo.pdf


16 posted on 12/14/2012 6:26:21 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; PhilCollins; Impy; BillyBoy

At the risk of being called an apostate, I would posit that Congressman Landry is too green and unknown to be an optimal challenger to Senator Landrieu. I think that, unless Governor Jindal runs (which I hope he does but am not that optimistic that he will), the Republican with the best chance of beating Landrieu both in Protestant North Louisiana and in Cajun Country (the two swingiest areas in LA) is the much-derided Congressman Charles Boustany, who is a Protestant from Lafayette and by 2014 would have represented a Cajun-majority congressional district for a decade. Boustany’s voting record is far from perfect, but mostly conservative (as are almost all of his policy positions), and if he runs for the Senate it would allow Landry to return to the House and continue to build his résumé and political skills.

Flame away. : )


17 posted on 12/14/2012 6:38:02 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

Roemer was a governor more than 20 years ago. That’s enough time for him to change his mind. He told me that he’s pro-life, so I believe him.


18 posted on 12/14/2012 5:57:11 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
>> Roemer was a governor more than 20 years ago. <<

Which is why he should stay retired, IMO. I don't know why Phil is so hung up on running him for office again. Roemer might be a nice guy and have a fairly decent conservative platform but he's proven to be a bust at making a political comeback. Sort of 2012's answer to Mike Gravel in the 2008 contest.

19 posted on 12/14/2012 6:54:07 PM PST by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

After Boustany’s selfish ass-saving stunt on redistricting, he deserves no such promotion. Landry is exactly the kind of person we need in the Senate.


20 posted on 12/14/2012 8:22:06 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: PhilCollins
I pay no mind to what politicians tell me, Phil. I pay attention to what politicians do when in office.
21 posted on 12/14/2012 8:24:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree that Congressman Landry is exactly the kind of person that we need in the Senate. But do you know who also were the kinds of person we needed in the Senate? Woody Jenkins and Suzie Terrell (not so sure that John N. Kennedy would have been that great). Jeff Landry’s political career consists of a defeat in a 2007 state representative race, a victory in the 2010 LA-03 race, and a defeat in the run-off against a fellow incumbent Republican after getting screwed in redistricting in 2012. We need someone with the profile and political skills to defeat Landrieu, who always seems to slip away despite being eminently beatable. She wins by cleaning up in Cajun Country when we run a Protestant, or by doing better than expected in the Protestant north when we run a Catholic. And we have yet tried running someone with several congressional terms under his belt (well, Cook faced her in 2002, but after his stupid “diaper-on-the-head” comment his campaign imploded and he didn’t make the run-off). I think that a Protestant from Cajun Country with 10 years of experience in Congress would finally slay the dragon, and while I’m by no means happy that Boustany outmanouvered Landry by getting LA Republican legislators to keep the Lake Charles area in his district, I’d rather make sure we beat Landrieu than exact revenge. And having Landry return to Congress isn’t exactly a bad result for him—he’s still a young man and affter a few terms could run statewide if that’s his true aspiration.

But if Gov. Jindal wants the Senate seat, I’d defer to him, since he’d win for sure and would make a better senator than either Boustany or Landry.


22 posted on 12/15/2012 5:14:20 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; PhilCollins; Impy

Roemer attempted a comeback to the governor’s mansion in 1995, after four more years of enduring Edwin “The Crook” Edwards over David “The Klansman Crook” Duke. Voters remorse over throwing him out in the open primary ought to have given him an edge. Indeed, he led in the polls for much of the campaign. Then, State Senator Mike Foster switched from Democrat to Republican and took a big chunk of Roemer votes, and Roemer ended up finishing fourth behind Foster, Cleo Fields, and Mary Landrieu. If Roemer couldn’t win in that kind of environment, he’s not gonna now.

The idea of Landry as my senator would be great, but I’m afraid it would be tougher going for him to beat Landrieu. Her skill has been in finding whatever cracks there are in the opposition and using them to cobble together a winning coalition. While I imagine Landry would clean up in Cajun country, I’m afraid his (very) thick Cajun accent won’t go over well in metro Baton Rouge and metro New Orleans. He might come off as too much of a country bumpkin, and we need suburban votes to overcome New Orleans’ mega-margins for Landrieu. What helped Vitter win outright in 2004 was blowing away his Dem opponents in suburban N.O. and B.R.

Rep. Bill Cassidy of the Baton Rouge-area district might be the better bet. He actually beat a Democratic incumbent to win the seat in 2008, and has been elected to the LA legislature prior, so he’s not a greenhorn. Being known in metro B.R., it gives him a solid base to challenge Landrieu. Redistricting also extended his district toward the Gulf Coast, so he’s been able to expand his name-rec a little. I can’t speak to how he would do in the Cajun south or the Protestant north, but SW LA has mightily turned against Obama and if Landrieu wants to tout her deciding vote for Obamacare (as she has said she’d do), Cassidy could easily turn that to his advantage and nationalize the race.

Of course if Jindal was to run, I think he’d be an even better bet to beat Landrieu. I don’t think the door is closed on that possibility just yet.


23 posted on 12/16/2012 7:08:31 AM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; fieldmarshaldj

When Boustany was first elected I thought, as probably we all did, “great candidate to take out Mary L in 2008”.

And that race was winnable that year too.

If he’s the choice I’ll support him of course but if not Landry there is a state full of Republicans now that I’d rather promote than Chuck. Surely someone else would have high electability.

Given how badly he wanted his House seat made as safe as possibly indicates to me that he intends to set a spell.

Jindal of course is the 1000 pound gorilla. He doesn’t need that last year as Governor, there is still much work to do but may as well punt it to the next guy. Find out what his favorite chocolates are, Jerry Moran.

Your story about Roemer in PR is HILARIOUS.

Remember the Cali Recall? An unknown named George Schwartzman came in 9th right behind Gary Coleman and ahead of porn star Mary Carey. (jeez what a circus)

Had to be because he had Schwartz in his name, similar to and right next to Ahnold on the ballot.


24 posted on 12/17/2012 11:32:54 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; fieldmarshaldj

In the 2000 FL recount, both sides agreed that overvotes (where more than one candidate was selected) would not be counted as valid votes. (In the media recounts, the only way they could get Gore to win was to count “redundant overvotes,” where idiots punched out Gore and then punched out “write-in” and wrote in “Gore” or “Lieberman.”) The most common overvote was voting for both Bush and Gore (yes, some people are that stupid), and another common one was Gore and Buchanan (in the butterfly ballot where Gore’s name was across from Buchanan’s).

Well, another common overvote was Gore and Libertarian candidate Harry Browne, and no one could figure out why (since Gore’s and Browne’s names were nowhere near each other). Then it hit someone: the political parties were listed in uppercase under each candidate’s name, and when some voters read LIBERTARIAN they thought that by voting there and for Gire they’d be voting for Gore *and Lieberman*. Cosas veredes, Sancho.


25 posted on 12/18/2012 3:58:48 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; fieldmarshaldj

In the 2000 FL recount, both sides agreed that overvotes (where more than one candidate was selected) would not be counted as valid votes. (In the media recounts, the only way they could get Gore to win was to count “redundant overvotes,” where idiots punched out Gore and then punched out “write-in” and wrote in “Gore” or “Lieberman.”) The most common overvote was voting for both Bush and Gore (yes, some people are that stupid), and another common one was Gore and Buchanan (in the butterfly ballot where Gore’s name was across from Buchanan’s).

Well, another common overvote was Gore and Libertarian candidate Harry Browne, and no one could figure out why (since Gore’s and Browne’s names were nowhere near each other). Then it hit someone: the political parties were listed in uppercase under each candidate’s name, and when some voters read LIBERTARIAN they thought that by voting there and for Gire they’d be voting for Gore *and Lieberman*. Cosas veredes, Sancho.


26 posted on 12/18/2012 3:59:07 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj
Cosas veredes, Sancho.

Am I correct in ascertaining the basic meaning of that as "whaddya gonna do?"

In this instance the ballot itself serves as a minimal intelligence test preventing the dimmest bulbs from having their vote count by virtue of them being unable to figure out how to cast it validly as could the average child. But it's not enough in my opinion, those people's votes for any other office where they only picked 1 democratic candidate would count.

There should be a some kind of test though I suppose that violates the constitution.

27 posted on 12/18/2012 6:09:56 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj

“Cosas veredes” is Spanish for “true things”: “cosa” is spelled the same as in Italian (which is why the Mafia is known as the “Cosa Nostra”—”our thing”), while “veredes” is an old-fashioned term that comes from the Latin “veritas,” which means “truth” (the mottos of Harvard and Yale are “Veritas” and “Lux et Veritas” (”Light and Truth”), respectively). “Cosas veredes, Sancho” is probably the most oft-quoted line spoken by Don Quixote in the Cervantes classic: I would say that it’s basic meaning is “ain’t that the sad truth,” which certainly implies a bit of “whatcha gonna do.”

As for testing voters, I have long supported a law whereby only people who have passed a civics test (asking about our government structure, etc.) may register to vote, and such test should be retaken every 10 years to remain on the voter rolls. Just as we don’t let any 16-year-old drive a car, and require that they pass a driving test, we shouldn’t let any 18-year-old vote. Please note that the civics test would be required of everyone, irrespective of race, sex or age, and thus would be perfectly consistent with the 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments, and would be administered free of cost to the voter, so it would not run afoul of the 24th Amendment.


28 posted on 12/18/2012 9:59:28 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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