A tale of one election, two parties. The Democrats, reeling from massive losses at every level of government, are approaching the Louisiana run-off election on December 6 as a lost cause. They’ve pulled party money from the contest and pretty much left Senator Mary Landrieu, one of the party’s most loyal soldiers, on her own.
Their pathetic excuse, via Politico:
“Mary Landrieu is a proven runoff winner, and we support her 100 percent,” said DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky. “We are going to make ongoing determinations on how best to invest in the race. We made the initial reservation when there were concerns that the rates would skyrocket, but they have stabilized, giving us more flexibility to make week-to-week decisions.”
They support her “100%” but won’t give her any money? You go, girl — we’re behind you all the way!
Contrast that response to the GOP’s plans:
Louisiana Republican Rob Maness, the tea party upstart who finished third in this week’s Louisiana Senate primary, is getting behind GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy ahead of his December runoff with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will headline a unity rally — during which Maness will endorse Cassidy — on Monday afternoon at Huey’s Bar in Baton Rouge. Also attending will be Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. David Vitter and state Rep. Paul Hollis, who briefly threw his hat into the U.S. Senate race before dropping out.
Maness earned 14 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s jungle primary. Since no candidate achieved a majority of the vote, the top two finishers face off on Dec. 6. Cassidy, who was supported by 41 percent of voters, is now the heavy favorite against Landrieu, who pulled just 42 percent of the vote.
The endorsement follows a Friday dinner at Ye Olde College Inn in New Orleans with Cassidy, his wife Laura, Maness and his wife Candy.
The RNC is going to pour $2.3 million into the race. Also,
Republicans still have $7.2 million in broadcast reservations for the next four weeks in the Bayou State. Cassidy has reserved $1.3 million; Ending Spending and its Super PAC, $1.6 million; the National Rifle Association, $1.1 million; and Freedom Partners, $822,000.
The only Democratic outside group with broadcast reservations for the runoff right now is the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which reserved just $101,000 for the final two weeks of the runoff.
Maybe they can auction off kittens and puppies to raise some money for Landrieu.
Landrieu only polled 42% on election night and I don’t think there are going to be too many Maness supporters who are going to vote for her. Depending on what is going to happen in Alaska, where Democratic Senator Mark Begich trails Republican Daniel Sullivan by 8,000 votes with about 50,000 votes left to count, the GOP could add two more senators to their caucus by Christmas.