Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:28

Speaking of Rispone, JBE, Jindal, Landrieu & Ocasio-Cortez

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Remember the echo can chamber? Way back, before Al Gore invented the Internet, one way that kids would talk to one another would be by stringing two cans together. The words would go out of the mouth of the speaker, hit the back of the can, vibrate along the string, hit the other can's end and within micro-seconds, and somewhat miraculously, enters the ear of the other guy holding up the can. 

Things have changed. 

Nowadays, one can say something and before one can look for a string, the words are dissiminated around the world, via email, twitter, facebook post and yes, even by cell phone and snail mail.

Which makes it hard for politicians to control the communications environment. No longer do words depend upon two cans and a string or even two phones and a network of cords.  They just disappear into ether and end up in somebody's e-box, or twitter feed.

Which brings us to today's political lesson--watch what you say and say what you mean. .

Let's first take, "watch what you say":

Perhaps one of the candidates' campaign for Louisiana governor has gotten himself into a little holy "hot water" lately by a few misplaced words.  Here is an email I received today from a pro-John Bel Edwards SuperPAC which took issue with a recent comment coming out of the Rispone campaign that featured a taste of national and Mid East politics. Here it is:

On Monday, Republican and Democratic leaders in D.C. came together to show their shared support for Israel, our closest Middle Eastern ally.

Apparently the Rispone Campaign didn’t get the memo.

On Monday night, Rispone Campaign spokesman Anthony Ramirez tweeted “I personally can’t wait for the dem response to JBE doing exactly what he criticized Jindal for over and over. 6 figures in travel for political purposes??Yet the GOP are the hypocrites? Don’t be fooled, JBE is a career politician.”

Ramirez, a former Jindal staffer, didn’t mention where Governor Edwards travelled: Israel.  And Ramirez’ assertion that the trip was for “political purposes” is disingenuous at best—a lie at worst. 

“Israel is one of America’s closest allies, and Louisiana is already benefiting from Gov. Edwards’ economic development mission overseas. For years, Bobby Jindal abandoned his duties as governor to campaign for political office and Eddie Rispone was his biggest cheerleader–even saying he was ‘proud’ of everything Jindal had done to Louisiana. His spokesman’s comments are insulting to the Israeli officials and business leaders, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, who took time out of their busy schedules to build relationships with Louisiana. Gov. Edwards was joined by business leaders and higher education officials on his trip to tout Louisiana as a hub for cybersecurity, energy and water management. Gov. Edwards will continue to promote Louisiana to industries all over the world,” said Eric Holl, spokesman for Victory for Louisiana, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign.


  • The economic development mission was planned in partnership with the nonpartisan National Governors Association at the invitation of Gilad Katz, the consul general of Israel to the Southwest United States.
  • The trip has already led to multiple agreements between Louisiana’s higher education institutions and Isreal. The Water Institute of the Gulf is partnering with Ben-Gurion University’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. Israel-Based Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. will pursue a cybersecurity partnership with Stephenson Technologies Corporation, LSU’s applied research corporation serving U.S. federal markets.
  • Governor Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson also met with leaders from Israel’s energy industry.
  • Louisiana exports more than $200 million in commodities to Israel annually, and imports more than $150 million.
  • Gov. Edwards makes trips out of state to help strengthen Louisiana’s relationship with America’s allies and grow our economy. Bobby Jindal spent most of his time in 2014 and 2015 out of state to boost his run for president. A White House run that Eddie Rispone enthusiastically supported, with a maximum donation in 2015.

Now, speaking of Bobby Jindal.

Or, perhaps it should be said, speaking of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, someone the media and politicians aren't able to ignore nor stop talking about.

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On Monday, Jindal tweeted about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal by stating, “Dems' new energy plan subsidizes those UNWILLING to work, and seeks to eliminate air travel and flatulent cows. This is funnier than SNL.”

Jindal was referring to a CNBC article that said,

“Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal offers 'economic security' for those ..
The Green New Deal looks to create a more environmentally sound country with economic benefits for everyone — even those who don't want to work.

Sounds like a gift to the Republican party for 2020. Benefit even those who do not want to work? Did she say what she actually meant?

Another former Louisiana politico had his own inner thoughts involving the new  US Representative from New York City.
Also on Monday, Mitch Landrieu, former New Orleans Mayor and ex-Louisiana Lt. Governor seemed to be taking the middle prong of the Democratic party political fork.   He retweeted a Washington Post column that referred to Ocasio-Cortez and that urged a different approach of governing than what she and other Democrats seem to have in mind lately.

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The relevant part of the article stated"

“By framing the economic debate in terms of these widely supported aspirations, rather than a flawed set of policy litmus tests, Democrats could energize their base, unify their party and put Republicans on the defensive. Indeed, there is even model for such an approach: the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.
The problem with our political debates is that they have become too much about means and not enough about ends, too much about economic values and too little about moral ones, too much about individual rights and not enough about collective responsibility.
Rally Americans around a worthy national goal and they will find a practical way to achieve it.
But try to cram down their throats a hard-edge, anger-driven, now-it’s-our-turn policy and they will instinctively reject it.”

In tweeting out the article, Landrieu, who had been named as a highly-respected but dark horse in a presidential race which has aleady pulled out of the starting gate, put quotes around one particular paragraph that he felt should be repeated.

I wonder, what he had in mind?

Candidate Landrieu? Or, is he eyeing another candidate who would be staking out the political middle road? 

We'll just have to watch what he means, or says, in the future.  When i find out, you'll be one of the first to know.

Just have your can ready..

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