The leadership of Bobby Jindal has not "failed"; the leadership of Bobby Jindal has been exemplary for the entirety of his eight years as governor of Louisiana, highlighted by hands-on handling of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago. The most that could be said in that regard is the not-unusual "fatigue" that sets in at the end of any two-term gubernatorial or presidential administration. Now nobody knows how a Vitter governorship would unfold, or if it would be "Jindal's third term," but the same general rule of thumb applies: any Republican will be better than any Democrat.
So why is Lieutenant-Governor Dardeene defecting to the other side? Evidently because he thinks Vitter started it:
During the primary Mr. Dardenne and another Republican, Scott Angelle, a public service commissioner [and former Lieutenant-Governor], bristled at attacks from the Vitter campaign and, as the weeks went on, gave as good as they got. While Mr. Vitter accused both of being loose-spending liberals, Mr. Dardenne and Mr. Angelle both accused Mr. Vitter of lying and explicitly talked of his 2007 prostitution scandal, in which Mr. Vitter admitted only to a “very serious sin.” [emphasis added]
I'm not going to pretend to be sufficiently familiar with Louisiana State politics to know whether Senator Vitter's assertions are true, or to what extent they are, but (1) Vitter himself has a 95% ACU rating, so he wasn't hurling boulders from a glass house, and (2) I think it's awfully telling that Dardenne and Angelle didn't fire back on policy grounds - because they couldn't - but went directly below the belt.
And it backfired on them, and Dardenne, anyway, is making the mistake of taking his defeat personally, and now he's lashing out with treachery and perfidy, and all John Bel Edwards (not related to the infamous Donk crook governor Edwin Edwards - that would have made this story beyond perfect), the Democrat, has to do is sit back and watch this GOP mutually assured destruction drop the governorship in his lap like low-hanging fruit.
- Me, two weeks ago
With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, soundly defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.
Mr. Edwards won 56% of the vote with virtually all of the ballots counted.
And after he conceded defeat last night, Senator Vitter also announced he would not be seeking reelection to his Senate seat next year, either. So well done, Mr. Dardeene, well done. Maybe that Senate seat will turn "blue" next year as well. Then your RINO mission will be fully accomplished. And all it took was the personal destruction of one man who is better than you'll ever be.
I wonder how soon Dardeene will announce his party-switch.
As for Governor-Elect Edwards, who says the old Dem "Blue Dog" bait & switch strategy doesn't still work?:
Edwards’ biography lays it all out. A West Point graduate and Airborne Ranger, Edwards is pro-gun, hawkish and touts his family’s deep religious faith and ties to the church. If you dropped this guy anywhere else in the country he’d be a Republican. Heck.. .he’d be toward the right wing of the party. In short, they found somebody palatable to any Republicans who were dissatisfied with the current leadership and looking for a change.
His biography is also irrelevant, and most likely, phony as a three-dollar bill. The bottom line is, if John Bel Edwards were really and truly pro-gun, hawkish and a Christian evangelical, he'd be a Republican and not a Democrat. The fact that he IS a Democrat means that he will throw aside that "Blue Dog" camouflage in short order after he's sworn in a few weeks from now and govern as the standard, prototypical corrupt, leftwingnut extremist that every Donk is required to be these days. And then maybe Louisiana GOP voters will re-learn the lesson of what a fraud the "Blue Dog" scam is and has always been.
Or maybe not. Depends upon how many will have awakened from their tequila comas and regained the ability to think straight.
Or at all.