Skip to comments.Palin to campaign for tea-party longshot in tight Landrieu/Cassidy Louisiana Senate race
Posted on 09/26/2014 12:22:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Probably not fatal to the GOPs hopes of retaking this seat, but not helpful either.
Per Becket Adams, since when do tea partiers describe rich people as the one percent?
[Palin] is slated to appear at a Saturday event organized around [Rob] Manesss #OneofUs campaign, a campaign intended to frame the candidate as an average Louisianan in contrast to the GOP front-runner in the race, Rep. Bill Cassidy, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), both of whom Maness has characterized as out-of-touch Washington elites.
If you could sum up this campaign, its two of them vs. one of us, a source familiar with the event told The Hill.
Mary Landrieu illegally uses taxpayer dollars to pay for charter planes. Bill Cassidy is hosting Mitt Romney at a white-linen fundraising event for the 1 percent. Former Republican vice presidential nominee and Gov. Sarah Palin will be joining Rob Maness at an event here in Louisiana at a local restaurant with a great story serving some gator.
As I say, not helpful but probably not fatal. This would be bad, bad news if Louisiana was holding a traditional general election in November, where the candidate with the most votes becomes senator. Maness is polling at around seven to 10 percent; Cassidy is in the mid-40s in most surveys. In a traditional election, youd be looking at the possibility of a 45/40/15 Mary Landrieu win, with Cassidy and Maness splitting the conservative majority. But thats not how things work in Louisiana: They hold a jungle primary in November in lieu of a general election, with the two top vote-getters advancing to a runoff in December unless one of them somehow pulls a clear majority. No one thinks Landrieu is getting 51 percent on the first vote, so even if Palin drives a chunk of tea partiers away from Cassidy and towards Maness, Cassidys still going to be in the runoff with Landrieu. Palin might even endorse him at that point in the name of party unity, just as she has Pat Roberts in Kansas.
The question is, could Cassidy possibly reach 51 percent on the first ballot and avoid the runoff with Landrieu? Hed be favored to win, but anything could before December. Democrats will throw everything theyve got into helping reelect Landrieu, especially if the results on election night in November produce a very narrow GOP Senate majority. For Republicans, its much better to win this race ASAP. Manesss candidacy and Palins endorsement of it makes that less likely but how much less? Noah and I were chatting about it this morning and he flagged these recent numbers from Fox News:
Even if you move all of Manesss voters into Cassidys column, hes still nearly 10 points away from an outright majority. (The same poll showed him up 51/38 in a head to head race with Landrieu a la the runoff.) If Foxs data is accurate then Palins endorsement of Maness doesnt much matter: Realistically, its already unlikely that Cassidys going to get 51 percent during the jungle primary. On the other hand, a poll taken earlier this month by Rasmussen showed Cassidy with 44 percent, Landrieu with 41, and other with nine which would put Cassidy within striking distance of winning the election on the first ballot. To make it happen, he needs big-name tea partiers telling Louisianans to forget Maness and opt for the Republican with the chance to win. Palins apparently ready to tell them the opposite.
Why would she do it given that Maness has zero chance? The conventional wisdom on social media is that shes trying to placate conservatives who might otherwise object to her stumping for Pat Roberts. Its probably the most efficient way for her to behave if she wants to (a) get involved in the midterms down the stretch but also (b) guarantee a Republican Senate. Roberts is the guy whos in deep trouble, not Cassidy; a conservative campaign against him led by Palin or some other tea-party star really could wreck what little chance he has left of retaining his seat. So shes going to bat for him but also for the longshot Maness to reassure grassroots righties that, per Manesss campaign theme, shes one of us. And as I say, it may well be that she ends up endorsing Cassidy anyway before the runoff once Maness is out of the picture.
Exit question: Why would Palin of all people feel the need to prove her grassroots credentials at this point by endorsing a longshot? She endorsed Chris McDaniel against Thad Cochran during a far more competitive, far more important primary where theres almost no chance of the seat turning Democratic. Shes got nothing to prove.
Who cares if it is “helpful” to the GOPe? I don’t.
Perhaps she is doing it precisely because she had nothing to prove.
why don’t you sign up for some civics classes and find out how this stuff works. Your comment is absurd in light of how it works.
I say...good for Sarah. LA’s “jungle primary” is set up so that whatever % of the vote Maness garners, won’t take away from Cassidy, or cause more votes for Landrieu.
Gumming it all up. Down the stretch home stretch as we work to take out Reid.
Ask yourself this. Do you think Landrieu and Reid are happy or concerned about Palin campaigning for Maness?
Cassidy is now leading Landrieu on all polls, and up 51-38 head to head in latest FOX News poll.
Palin should have done this months ago, not at the last minute. (And no one is a bigger fan of Gov Palin than me.)
This will undoubtedly help Manees a bit. But he will still lose and then we will get all the hurt feelings, fractured base, etc.
Which only benefits Landrieu.
That’s such a stupid statement it’s hard to respond to it - so all I’ll say is that you too don’t know much about the reality of civics. Nor do you have the anti GOP e cred I have by any means.
Agree - this is bad move - and really makes no sense that she would do this and the Roberts endorsement during the same week.
I say...good for Sarah. LAs jungle primary is set up so that whatever % of the vote Maness garners, wont take away from Cassidy, or cause more votes for Landrieu.
Not exactly. He could keep Cassidy from getting over 50% and throw the race into a runoff.
They hold a jungle primary in November in lieu of a general election, with the two top vote-getters advancing to a runoff in December unless one of them somehow pulls a clear majority.
No one thinks Landrieu is getting 51 percent on the first vote, so even if Palin drives a chunk of tea partiers away from Cassidy and towards Maness, Cassidys still going to be in the runoff with Landrieu. Palin might even endorse him at that point in the name of party unity, just as she has Pat Roberts in Kansas.
If only the GOPe worked as hard to defeat Democrats as they do to muzzle conservatives.
Goofy it is.
It would be nice to dream about Maness and Cassidy being the two top finishers heading for the run-off. But we know it won't happen.
Sarah could campaign for me anytime.
I say, I like pulling for the underdog, it’s not over till the fat lady sings, and all that stuff, we just might be in store to see Rocky 2014.
Anything that helps M.L. stay in office is a very NOT good thing.
You are right on about this The ads that Manes are running are being funded by funding and approval of the Senate majority leader PAC. All the ads attack Cassidy. manes is running no ads against Landrieu. I supported Palin in her run. She is now a trouble maker. All this does is take votes from Cassidy. We need to get Landrieu out thus is not the way to do it. She is not even popular in Alaska, so she spends her time meddling in races that are sure to keep the democrats in control. This guy Manes is no conservative. I know too many democrats that are helping him. Landrieu is dumb as grass. We came close to getting her out in the last election. Rember the Louisiana purchase during the health care bill.
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