By Robert Mann
Like so many business leaders, the Indiana ice cream executive was sure he knew what ailed his state's education system. Schools weren't being run like corporations. "If I ran my business the way you people operate your schools," Jamie Vollmer told a group of teachers in 1991, "I wouldn't be in business for long."
Vollmer explained that schools, themselves, were antiquated and that educators were loath to accept accountability for their actions.
We’re about this close to creating a tumblr on the GOP delegation from Louisiana. Every day is more hilarious than the last.
Today’s topic #1:
Louisiana’s dumbest Congressman hits another one out of the park today. If he isn’t agreeing that Obamacare is worse than slavery, or mistakenly believing stories on “Abortionplexs” in The Onion, or ironically scoffing at economists’ grasp of the economic consequences of government default, he’s doing this:
Yes, just read this please:
Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, is generating lots of media attention with his harsh criticism of the Affordable Care Act, including a statement calling it the most dangerous law ever passed by Congress.
The comment drew a direct rebuke from the president and a question from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether Fleming had considered an old law authorizing slavery in his evaluation of the most dangerous laws ever.
For the record Fleming stands behind his statement that the law will have “terrible consequences for millions of Americans,” though he told Blitzer on CNN he isn’t drawing comparisons with archaic laws like (slavery) that are no longer in effect.”
President Obama suggests Rep. Fleming might be exaggerating a little:
“One congressman said that Obamacare is ‘the most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed.’ Ever,” he said to laughter from his audience. “In the history of America, this is the most dangerous piece of legislation. Creating a marketplace so people can buy group insurance plans — the most dangerous ever.“
But mocking clowns like Fleming probably won’t stop his ridiculous yarns. Even GOP Rep Charles Boustany is fed up:
In a sign of the internal backlash against the right wing of the House Republican Conference, Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany questioned the political allegiances and motivations of his tea party-aligned colleagues and said they had put the GOP majority at risk in the current shutdown fight.
“There are members with a different agenda,” Boustany said Wednesday in an interview in his office. “And I’m not sure they’re Republicans and I’m not sure they’re conservative.”
Today’s #2: But just when you think Fleming could take the cake for the LAGOP faceplant of the week, we get Doc “Mumbles” Cassidy’s trainwreck of a Senate race:
His latest fundraising quarter was below expectations, falling well behind his prior quarter, and he continues to lag behind Landrieu’s pace.
Cassidy’s campaign said he brought in $700,000 from July through Sept. 30 and has more than $3.4 million in bank, compared to Landrieu’s $1.4 million haul in that same timeframe and $5.8 million in her campaign account.
Meanwhile, the congressman’s trying to fight off attacks from the right and the ever-present whispers that he’s just not the right candidate to beat Landrieu, who’s in her third term despite assessments each election cycle that she’s vulnerable to ouster.
One Republican state representative is considering jumping into the Senate race, while another GOP state senator keeps letting speculation linger that he’s eyeing the seat as well.
The Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that has been wading more deeply into Republican primaries lately, on Monday added retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rob Maness (R) of Louisiana to the roster of candidates it is backing.
“Colonel Rob Maness is a constitutional conservative with a remarkable record of service to our country,” Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement. “He understands the value of our freedoms and will fight to repeal Obamacare and stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country.“
Started by Jim DeMint during his days as a South Carolina senator, the group has often butted heads with establishment Republicans with whom it has been at odds in some Senate races over the years.
Oh, and legal cheat Elbert Guillory is still considering the race. LAGOP doing a great job! A fine week for the delegation, all around.
Gov. Jindal completely out of touch with approval of $2 million appropriation to construct shrine to Mike Foster
Bobby Jindal has completely lost touch with reality.
To be perfectly blunt, he is an imbecilic moron. (For those of you who think I should apologize for that characterization: okay, I'm sorry he's an imbecilic moron.)
There, we’ve said it. We’ve tried to take the high road in our criticism of his actions and policies in the past but when he chooses to spend $2 million that the state does not have to build a monument that it does not need to his mentor who isn’t particularly memorable other than for the fact that he imposed and inflicted Bobby Jindal on the state, we can only throw up our hands in abject exasperation.
I. Lights, Camera, Inaction!
Three days after the Tea Party caucus of the Republican Party effectively shut down the federal government, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor bought a bundle of stethoscopes and lab coats. The day before, on CNN, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had stumbled over a question about funding for the National Institute of Health during the shutdown, and Republicans immediately pounced, suggesting, not so subtly, that Reid was more than happy to let children die of cancer.
The slowly-deflating balloon that is Doc Cassidy’s #LASEN campaign just lost a lot more air. According to early reports from the 3rd Q of fundraising numbers, Cassidy raised only $700k in this quarter. By comparison, Mary Landrieu hauled in nearly twice as much at $1.35m.
Cassidy also made a curious reference during his fundraising release, noting he had raised more than former Democrat John Kennedy during Kennedy’s run against Landrieu as a Republican in 2008. Unfortunately, Cassidy failed to note that Kennedy lost that race by more than 5 points.
Cassidy’s has only increased his available cash on hand by $200k by the end of Q3, indicating an extremely-high burn rate at this early point of the race. If he doesn’t right his campaign’s financial ship, he’ll have fallen far behind Landrieu at the critical opening gun of the 2014 race.
This is the latest crack in Cassidy’s status as the anointed-GOP challenger to Senator Landrieu. Just last week, the LAGOP quietly condoned North Louisiana conservative Rep. Alan Seabaugh’s open rumination on entering the race as the “real conservative.” Previously, Cassidy was excluded from a critical gathering of rightwing activists at a conference in New Orleans.
Cassidy’s awkward rightward tilt has produced similarly disappointing results. He was viciously mocked by the Daily Show just last week for his raw hypocrisy over the Government shutdown.
Happy Friday. Bathe in the waters of Jon Stewart smiting the GOP Governors (like ole Bobby Swindle) that reject the expansion of Medicaid packaged in the Affordable Care Act.
You see, this creates a special kind of donut-hole, the kind that swallows the working poor who can’t really benefit from the ACA health markets’ tax subsidies, yet are “TOO RICH” to qualify for Medicaid coverage.
It’s sort of the GOP’s way of saying “FU POORS” and it just so happens that some of the poorest states, like Louisiana, are trapped by this mentality.
Stewart makes short work of the GOP arguments, you’ll enjoy it.
Things are not awesome for Doc Cassidy. First, he’s pillared on the Daily Show as a disingenuous panderer. Now, it looks like his mushy-mouth moderation isn’t working for for Louisiana Republicans in this hyper-partisan world. Reports have surfaced this week that the LAGOP is no longer discouraging other GOPers from entering the LASEN race to try to unseat Senator Mary Landrieu.
The teeth-grinding among GOPers isn’t over:
LaFaxNet – Stop the Presses! By Lou Gehrig Burnett
Will Seabaugh seek Senate seat?
The Louisiana Republican Party seems to be having a lot of indecision over who should be the candidate to take on incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is seeking a fourth six-year term in 2014.
It was thought that U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, who represents the 6th Congressional District, was the anointed one to carry the GOP banner.
But then a retired Air Force colonel by the name of Rob Maness of Madisonville jumped into the race and began picking up endorsements from several tea party and conservative groups.
That gave the impression that many conservative Republicans do not believe Cassidy is conservative enough to defeat Landrieu. The latest independent poll gave Landrieu a 10-point lead over Cassidy.
Now comes a new wrinkle to the race. State Rep. Alan Seabaugh, a Republican from Shreveport, is giving consideration to entering the U.S. Senate race. He would be another burr under the saddle for Cassidy.
That’s because Seabaugh is from a part of the state that is very conservative, and, therefore, would take more votes away from Cassidy. It is also thought that Maness will have some support in northwest Louisiana.
How the leaders of the state Republican Party handle this chaos will be interesting to watch.
Yikes. Another slap in the face to Cassidy, who has suffered an anemic start to his campaign. The LAGOP is on its way to blowing this chance to put up a strong challenge to Mary Landrieu.
UPDATE: Statement on the Seabaugh stir from Andrew Zucker, Comm Director for the Campaign for Louisiana (LaDems Indy Exp):
“Republicans can’t be excited about contrasting Bill Cassidy’s record of shutting down the government in order to block implementing the same health care reforms he tried to pass at the state level in ’07 with Mary Landrieu’s record of fighting for Louisiana and getting real results, so it comes as no surprise that they’re already looking for alternatives.”
- Andrew Zucker, Communications Director, Campaign for Louisiana
It’s a rough couple weeks for Louisiana’s idiotic Republican delegation. LA01 GOP Rep, and Republican Study Chair, Steve “Crazy Eyes” Scalise had his “Obamacare replacement” legislation spiked faster than a primetime show starring a non-Jerrry member of the Seinfeld cast.
Next, Louisiana dumbest GOP Congressman John “the ‘Dr.’ stands for “durrr”" Fleming had not only one, but two massively stupid commentaries on contemporary events (including comparing defunding the ACA to battling “slavery”).
Now, old Doc Bill “mumbles” Cassidy gets eaten alive by his own clueless rhetoric. In his latest attempt to appeal to the wingnut demographic he so desperately covets (and who can see right through his pandering), Cassidy has twisted himself in knots.
He presented a letter signed by 80 House Republicans, including Cassidy, a Baton Rouge Republican, suggesting long before the current crisis that the GOP leadership use the spending bill needed to keep the government open to press the GOP’s goal of stopping the Affordable Care Act.The show’s John Oliver chose to make an example of Cassidy, whose sixth district, he noted, was redrawn to make it more heavily white, leaving him, like so many Republicans leading the effort to defund or delay Obamacare, virtually untouchable by a Democratic opponent. Republicans like Cassidy, he said, don’t have to worry about voter anger over the government shutdown because they represent safe GOP seats.
What a week for LA04 Rep. John Fleming. First he said the debt ceiling was no big deal because economists are sometimes wrong. Then came this:
Yesterday, [Fleming] appeared on the Rusty Humphries radio show to discuss the shut down, and was welcomed to the program with a call from a listener, Nick. Nick had a question. Wasn’t the Republican effort to fight “slavery and segregation” in the past akin to the Republican effort against Obamacare today? The caller asked if Republicans are fighting for a similar “moral victory” against healthcare reform that was eventually achieved against slavery.
Fleming responded, “I think your caller is precisely correct.” The congressman went on to list his party’s demands.
That’s right. Fleming thinks denying people health insurance via the ACA is akin to battling slavery. No. words.