Mary Landrieu is neck and neck with her Republican challenger for Louisiana’s Senate seat, and it seems to be the first time she’s faced any sort of a serious challenge. For that matter, it seems to be the first time she’s ever accidentally wandered into her home state, which, she seems to forget, is responsible for pulling the lever for her next Tuesday.
In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Landreiu, who has been elected to serve as Louisiana’s Senator three times, suggested that the reason she’s doing so poorly now is that everyone in the South, including Louisiana, is a big, fat, powerful woman-hating sexist. Oh, and if we’re really going to parse out the details, they’re also a bunch of racists.
“I’ll be very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present [Barack Obama] in a very positive light as a leader.”…
“It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place,” Ms. Landrieu said.
Part of the Louisanan dislike for Barack Obama could stem from the de facto drilling moratorium in place in the Gulf, which cuts into Louisiana’s bottom line pretty significantly. Also, they just might not like him for the same reasons as the rest of the 60% of Americans who don’t like him. Voting with him on anything, or supporting the President’s agenda, is a complete loser in this cycle, and Landrieu can hardly blame the voters.
On the count of sexism, well, unless Mary Landrieu has just suddenly revealed to the people of Louisiana that she’s female, those woman-hating Southern bastards are awfully picky about when their oppressive cultural norm rears its ugly head. Mary Landrieu has been elected to statewide office at least three times. All while having breasts.
NBC in Baton Rouge has declared that the comments are a disaster for Mary Landrieu, predicting that the race for Senate could go to a runoff. If Mary Landrieu loses, of course, it could be the worst of all possible scenarios, as not only will the sexist, racist South prevail, but she might actually have to return to Louisiana and live in it, something, according to her opponent, she hasn’t done since her first Senate term.