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.
Vance McAllister, a political newcomer who boasts of never having visited Washington, won a special election in Louisiana on Saturday to fill a congressional seat formerly held by fellow Republican Rodney Alexander.
In a runoff to fill Louisiana's vacant Fifth Congressional District, McAllister took 60% of the vote against fellow Republican Neil Riser, a state senator. All precincts have reported in the largely conservative and mostly rural district.
McAllister, running as an outsider, lined up an endorsement from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, the patriarch in a popular reality show, and cast member Willie Robertson appeared in a commercial supporting him.
The dysfunctional government situation that exists today in the U.S. Congress has American voters saying, “Throw the bums out.”
When I was a kid growing up, I was a dreamer. I would share with my father some off-the-wall idea that I was absolutely sure would become life changing.
Surprise in the Fifth
Nearly every political analyst expected state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, to finish first in the special primary election in the 5th Congressional District. He did – getting 32% of the vote.
The American people and the nation’s economy were held hostage for two weeks while politicians in Washington dug their heals in to prove their respective sides were right.
Government shutdown: Trashy, disgusting, putrid and intolerable.
I could probably think of other words that describe what is going on in Washington DC and throughout the nation, but, these are the three that come to mind, for now.
Congress is going “new law” crazy. In the nation’s capitol, hundreds of proposed new laws are being introduced every month, creating numerous new regulations and crimes. And Louisiana congressional members are joining right in this push for more federal intrusion into what was previously the purview of the states. Senator Mary Landrieu has proposed 29 new laws and resolutions in this current year alone. Her opponent in next year’s senatorial election, current Congressman Bill Cassidy, is right on her heels with 17 new offerings.
National issues are taking a back seat to international affairs. The civil war in Syria is now on the minds of our leaders as President Obama has asked Congress to authorize a strike against Syria for the use of chemical weapons against its own civilians. The president says he does not need congressional authorization to attack Syria, but he is asking Congress to give him the authority anyway.
Two notable and connected things emerged when the dust settled around qualifying for the Fifth Congressional District special election in Louisiana – the contest attracted a number of whiners if not ignoramuses, and it may be that some of these could give a Democrat the best chance imaginable to win the seat.