Thursday, 26 June 2014 08:57
Riser out, Kissing Congressman and Duck Dynasty Dasher In
Written by 

robertson-philWackiness by omission and commission continue to illuminate Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District contest, leaving the distinct possibility that the field remains entirely unsettled and the race unpredictable.


Within hours of each other – probably not entirely coincidentally – a rerun declared himself out of the contest and another semi-rerun inserted himself into it. Given his showing last year and the apparent ease at which he raised money. Had he chosen to try again state Sen. Neil Riser at the very least would have made a runoff and become the likely winner. His deferral leaves the field presently absent of any heavyweight, and wide open.

Eschewing a prize well within reach can lead to plenty of idle speculation as to why. Mentioning a non-specific opportunity in the future, it could be risking a losing run, or even a run in general, might devalue or make more difficult his ability to pursue that, possibly connected to another political elite wanting to enter to contest. Only time will tell upon Riser’s subsequent actions and who else gets in the race what his main motivation might be.

In the meantime, the lead duck of the district’s anti-D.C. flock Phil Robertson and son Willie found a candidate to support – Phil's nephew drug rep Zack Dasher. Rather than jump into politics in the breach as the reality television stars did with current Rep. Vance McAllister – somehow being convinced McAllister was sufficiently anti-politics-as-usual and pro-clean living and thereby buying onto his candidacy, only for the Duck Commander family and friends to discover after his win that the married McAllister was stealing smooches from a staffer married to somebody else – this time the flock seems to have tried doing its homework first and who better than one of the clan to push forward.

But not only did McAllister’s antics take a seat safe for him for life and throw it into jeopardy, it also poisoned the well for exactly the kind of candidate Dasher represents. McAllister positioned himself as being a successful businessman but political neophyte and proud outsider of Washington that could articulate what the common man outside the bubble wanted. Dasher, well, looks to be positioning himself as, if perhaps not an independent businessman, a political neophyte and proud outsider of Washington that can articulate what the common man outside the bubble wants, and can even tell you that it’s more Godliness.

The latter probably isn’t in dispute, but we see how well it worked out last time someone got put in with the same assumed characteristics. And whereas Riser’s opponents last time lambasted him as a cat’s paw to Gov. Bobby Jindal and establishment/professional Republicans everywhere and thusly deserved rejection as a tool, to some in their minds the Robertsons will become the great Satan this go-around.

Yet with Riser now out and Dasher now in, these developments perhaps encourage the author of the coming donnybrook, McAllister, to reconsider still further his decision not to run when the scandal broke. He may think without Riser to suck much of the oxygen out of the contest and with Dasher to further divide up the evangelical vote, which he already lost the moment the locking lips video hit the public consciousness, that he has more room than ever to pull off the victory.

Besides that scenario being largely wishful thinking, although not entirely impossible, McAllister continues to do everything possible to make it less possible. Only recently did he make a bizarre allegation that votes on the floor of the House were for sale, and that he had inside information as to how it worked. That the events he described seemed highly implausible he did not seem to consider as he eagerly spun the yarn.

Except somebody seems to have taken him seriously. While best known for preferring to make specious partisan arguments, the gadfly, left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has sent out one of its frequent and usually ignored fatwas targeting McAllister or whoever clamoring for an investigation of his blather. Naturally, the House will do nothing, and even if there were some truth to this there’s no guarantee it would act.

However, it serves to make McAllister look less than upright. After all, here’s a guy who may have knowledge of who knows how many felonies committed by Members of Congress, but he won’t blow the whistle and retires into a curious omerta after letting the cat out the bag. If he has the temerity to reverse course and to run for reelection, no doubt one or more competing candidates would make inquiries of him as to why he is shielding corruption. Which, if he conjured all of this, only puts him in an even more awkward position.

But yet provides more comic relief for a contest that somehow doesn’t yet seem to have entered into a serious phase.

Jeffrey Sadow

Jeffrey Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport.   He writes a daily conservative blog called Between The Lines

Login to post comments
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

Read More

miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

Read More


trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.


Read More

edwards play money 1

At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1