Senator Mary Landrieu, who has represented the state of Louisiana for 18 years, now blames her declining popularity on the people who have kept her in office; describing voters in Louisiana as being both sexist and racist. She made the allegations during an interview on NBC Thursday.
Landrieu pulled the race card to explain President Obama’s crashing poll numbers and said that her own difficulties are due to the South being “not always a good place for women to present ourselves.”
Whilst explaining that Barack Obama angered Louisianans by using the BP oil spill as an excuse to shut down offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico – thereby causing the southern states enormous economic hardships – she also said that “the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans,” which is why it has been “a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, Landrieu is trailing her Republican Challenger, Bill Cassidy, by four percentage points.
The President has enjoyed overwhelming support from Mary Landrieu on the key issues of Obamacare, immigration and gun control. She voted against a bill that would have required the completion of the border fence between the United States and Mexico, she has supported the implementation of Obamacare, she voted against allowing religiously affiliated employers an exemption from certain provisions of Obamacare, effectively voting to force such employers to act against their own religious convictions. Although she claims a good record on resisting tighter gun-control, her votes were nothing more than a ruse to appear supportive of Second Amendment rights. When legislation was introduced that would have prevented the United States from complying with the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, Mary Landrieu voted against it; in doing so, she negated all her other pro-gun votes, since the United Nations represents the biggest and most powerful threat to the Second Amendment.
It is time for Louisiana to recognize that Mary Landrieu does not take the best interests of the people to heart; she is merely another self-serving, career politician. In particular, the black population – the overwhelming majority of whom voted for Barack Obama – should consider how much they have truly benefited from either Obama’s presidency or Mary Landrieu’s time in the Senate. Unemployment in the black community is higher – especially among young people; the poverty rate is higher; home ownership rates among blacks has fallen and median income is also down.
The black community has not benefited from having a black – in reality, half-black – President. Neither has it benefited from keeping Mary Landrieu in the Senate. When all economic indicators are moving in an unfavorable direction, it would make sense to think about changing that direction by electing new representatives. For whites in Louisiana, the choice could not be simpler; President Obama has made no secret of his disdain for white people; even admitting that he has always played down his white heritage because he felt it would ingratiate him to whites. As for Landrieu; she has insulted the people of Louisiana by suggesting that their political choices are based upon sexist and racist tendencies.
Mary Landrieu no longer deserves the support of Louisianans.
Opinion by Graham J Noble