The Louisiana Runoffs

Big Red Car here. Up early cause I got a bit day coming today. Brrr, 53F and only headed to 60F today. Oh well!

So the Louisiana runoffs have now been decided. The Republicans swept everything. No big surprise there.

The Republicans will now have a majority in the House that is greater than since Dr Pepper was first invented. There is not a single Democrat Senator from Texas to the Carolinas once again delivering the South into the hands of the Republicans, in the Senate at least. And, the statehouses. And the governor’s mansions.

The Senate, with the addition of Landrieu’s seat in the hands of Republican Bill Cassidy by a surprisingly easy 56% to 44% victory, is now 54 Republicans–not a veto proof majority by any means but a comfortable working majority nonetheless.

Landrieu was a three term Democrat Senator who had arguably done some good things for Louisiana energy interests but the combination of her time having come and gone, the disastrous Obama energy policies and the President’s unpopularity (39% approval rating is not going to provide much support) doomed Senator Mary Landrieu from the start.

Bill Cassidy, a medical doctor, was not a particularly charismatic candidate or a vibrant campaigner but didn’t need to be given the dissatisfaction with the President’s disastrous policies and Senator Landrieu’s part in making them happen.

The fact that the national Democrats pulled the plug before the runoff was even under way said all that needed saying.

Now it is up to the Republicans to show they can, in fact, legislate and legislate effectively. The Big Red Car has a sense that the Republicans are perfectly capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so stay tuned.

You caught the pickup, Republicans, now do something with it, y’all.

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car.

  • no mulligans. sensible policies. don’t lead with social issues. ironically, I think a bit of the protesting you see is a deliberate attempt by those on the left to try and energize their base, create divisiveness, and create an issue-because they lost on everything else.

  • JLM

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    The Republicans sweep the Louisiana runoffs building a 54 Senator majority and 246 House members. The Republicans own every Senate seat from Texas to the Carolinas as well as the Statehouses and the Governor’s mansions.

    http://themusingsofthebigredcar.com/the-louisiana-runoffs/

    Still, the Republicans can find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Legislate well, Republicans. Everybody is watching.

    BRC

    http://www.themusingsofthebigredcar.com

    • JLM

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      The Republicans did not get elected on any policy initiative as much as Pres Obama’s silly utterance that “his” policies were on the ballot. This will likely go down as one of the silliest political statements ever made.

      The results certainly indicate that to be the case. The Louisiana runoffs show this to be abundantly true.

      The Democrats lost and they lost on trust, integrity, defense, war, Obamacare, energy, immigration and a number of other flawed and failed policies. Simple competence is missing in this administration.

      The Republicans have almost no campaign promises to fulfill other than being against almost all Obama policies.

      This is a historic opportunity for some folks who were sentenced to wandering the desert for 40 years after the 2012 election. The Republicans need to take a deep breath and put up simple legislation that solves real problems — secure the border, as an example.

      BRC
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