Although elections are supposed to be about individual candidates, both the Louisiana Republican and the Louisiana Democratic parties are pursuing other strategies—tie local candidates to other local and national personalities and messages.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein
Unbelievably, the drumbeat is beginning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for President a third time. The man who lost twice for President is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) recently told MSNBC, “I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.”
Democrats know how to play hardball politics, it is in their blood. Usually, Republicans act like gentlemen and prefer to stay within the rules and show proper etiquette. In the meantime, they are being rolled over by the more aggressive Democrats. Finally, a Republican is showing some justified outrage over the latest development in the scandal involving IRS targeting of Tea Party groups.
Mitt Romney took the stage Tuesday night to concede that he had lost his race for president.
Mitt Romney has raised an interesting point that could end up a topic of discussion on tonight’s Paul Ryan-Joe Biden’s vice-president debate.
Citizens hardly seem to mind that Gov. Bobby Jindal travels a lot to other states, so long as he is home for the hurricanes. Political leaders, of course, are expected to be front and center for emergencies, for those are the times that the people really do want to see them.
First responders performed heroically during and after Hurricane Isaac, while government agencies and officials did what they were supposed to do, which is more than they have in past disasters.
On the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the people of Louisiana were struck again by Hurricane Isaac. This storm was not as powerful or deadly as Katrina, but it was a monster nonetheless. It might have been the strongest Category 1 hurricane in history. Initial estimates of property damage exceed $2 billion and that amount will surely rise. Over one million people lost power throughout the region. While New Orleans was mostly spared, homes were destroyed in nearby Plaquemines Parish, as well as parts of LaPlace and Slidell. Unfortunately, the threat is not over as rising waters continue to threaten vast regions of the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
For months during the Republican presidential primary campaign, Mitt Romney has tried to focus the debate on economic issues. He has continually argued that the campaign should be about the economy and job creation. “Bill Clinton beat George Bush by talking about only the economy,” he would argue. But try as he did during the campaign season, his cohorts, also seeking the Republican nomination, kept bringing up those nasty social issues.
But now that he’s the Republican nominee, Mitt is calling the shots and controlling the GOP agenda. He’s on the attack and seems to be doing a pretty good job of keeping the Democrats on the defensive. But there’s just one problem. Romney’s Achilles heel is Republican members of congress, including his new vice presidential nominee, who keep undermining what Romney hopes to be a disciplined conservative economic agenda.
By Mike Bayham
One thing reasonable political observers on both sides of the partisan divide can agree on is that the 2012 presidential election will not be a replay of the 2008 contest.
If President Barack Obama is re-elected, his win will not resemble the electoral landslide that swept him and his party into the White House. In all likelihood, the finish will resemble George W. Bush’s squeakers.
If those taking the Bayoubuzz poll had their say about Mitt Romney’s VP pick, Paul Ryan, the current top of the GOP ticket would be all smiles.
After the announcement was made, Bayoubuzz published its poll to rate Paul Ryan as the VP choice.