As I loosen my belt from too much turkey and stuffing and my collar from too much election tension overloads, here are my post-election thoughts on this Thanksgiving weekend. Today, we can shop til we drop and pray that our football heroes have enough of their own inner stuffing’s to bring back hope and glory. Next week, we start December with earnest desires for a fresh start coming from a new administration. Meantime, here’s my Black Friday gifts to you:
Four months ago in the Louisiana governor’s race, Senator David Vitter was a slam-dunk. He seemed to have it all. Gobs of PAC money flowing in from all over the U.S., strong support from most of the Republican establishment including his GOP colleagues in Washington, and a huge lead in the polls. There was no way he could lose. But he did. Some how, some way David Vitter snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. And in the process, we witnessed a number of losers. Here are just a few:
Was there any one issue that resulted in David Vitter losing the Louisiana governor race on Saturday against Democrat Jon Bel Edwards? Given the importance of the election, the fact that a Democrat without hardly any name-recognition only months away from the primary, beat a well-known public official and two-term US Senator, the questions are being often raised—what did David Vitter in?
The Democratic Governors Association has taken a moment from its Thanksgiving prep to say thanks for a gift of gifts, a democrat winning a major election in the South.
Other than the incoming Democratic Governor of Louisiana, Jon Bel Edwards, who bested Republican David Vitter on Saturday, finding another statewide elected official is almost impossible. There's democrats Bill Nelson, US Senator of Florida and Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood. And there's? Well, I think that's it.
We hear the complaint that political polls are not accurate and so why use them? In the recent Louisiana governor’s race with David Vitter against Jon Bel Edwards, there were some polls that were very accurate and others who missed the mark significantly.
(Below is an incomplete list compiled by Huffington Post Pollster.com. The list did not include a tracking poll by Verne Kennedy of MRI, which the day prior to the elections, determined Edwards 55 to Vitter’s 45, one point off of the 56-44 spread.
Victory bells for John Bel
Some months ago, I received a phone call from a guy by the name of John Bel Edwards, who said he was running for governor and wanted to meet.
His name was not unfamiliar to me. My friend state Rep. Thomas Carmody had often mentioned John Bel to me because they were seatmates in the House. They – Carmody a Republican and Edwards a Democrat – had established a rapport and had become good friends.
So I agreed to meet with Edwards for breakfast at Strawn’s on Kings Highway. Linda Talbert joined me for the meeting. Edwards brought Linda Day, his campaign manager.
It was an overwhelming victory for John Bel Edwards in the Governor’s race, marking the first time since 2008 a Democrat won a statewide office in Louisiana. Edwards crushed Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter 56-44%, a stinging defeat for the political veteran from Metairie, who had previously never lost an election.
Greg Rigamer is one of those number crunchers that you would love to discuss politics post election.
Not only can he drill deep into the particulars of the election shortly after it is history, his analysis provides great detail.
With the Louisiana governor's race and other statewide races now behind us, what lessons can we learn and how will the election affect the future U.S. Senate race especially since David Vitter has decided not to run again for that spot?