by Ron Chapman
Now that the mid-term Congressional elections are behind us, what do the results portend? Republican control of both the House and Senate creates a new situation. Will President Obama respect the Constitution and the will of the people and compromise with Congress? Or will he defy the Constitution and the will of the people and seek to advance his philosophy through an unprecedented expansion of Executive Orders?
With Louisiana’s Senate and Fifth and Sixth Congressional District contests likely unsettled this week, a past pairing of Senate and House runoff contests is instructive as to how these will proceed next month.
This week, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to train, arm and fund the elusive “moderate” Muslim rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.
The immigration crisis in America is real and dangerous. Neither President Obama nor the Congress is willing to deal with this crisis, and as a result the American people are not being served by the Washington politicians who are acting politically and irresponsibly.
With former Democratic Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards running for US Congress in a conservative district, a question in many minds is whether the reddening of the State of Louisiana, since his last election, would force Edwards to moderate his views.
Iraq is imploding as Republicans and Democrats alike are scratching the heads as to what went wrong. Meanwhile, party gridlock in Washington has brought any sense of responsible governing to a standstill. The President faces what may well turn out to be his single biggest crisis during his time in office, and he spent most of last week vacationing on California golf courses. Are we observing a freak show or what?
In his 1983 gubernatorial campaign, Edwin Edwards once remarked that the only way that he could lose to the Republican incumbent, Dave Treen, was if he were caught in bed with “a dead girl or a live boy.” Thirty-one years later, that analogy aptly describes his chances of actually winning the 6th Congressional District race this fall.
It is now history, especially for the man who has almost written the Louisiana political history book over the past 40 years.
“Louisiana United States Congressman Edwin W. Edwards.”
If the “old sly gray Fox” has his way, that will be his name and title should the 86-year-old former Congressman and former four-term-ex-governor pulls off the totally unexpected.
The unprecedented, if not entirely shocking, victory by Vance McAllister in the special election for the Fifth Congressional District demonstrates just how wacky elections of this nature can turn out, but also points out how such elections results can be produced.