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Conservative Whiners Upset a Mary Landrieu Playing HardBall Politics [Video]

In her book, A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren reveals she was "hurt" and "angry" over the personal attacks.

In her book, A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren reveals she was “hurt” and “angry” over the personal attacks.

THAT SQUEALING you’ve been hearing is led by Byron York, who is very upset that Senator Mary Landrieu is playing hardball politics in Louisiana. BuzzFeed highlighted the ad on Tuesday. It’s a stroke of sheer genius.

Evidently Mr. York doesn’t know the history of Louisiana or that old cliche that politics ain’t bean bag. The other problem with York and his clan of conservative whiners is that the ad Mary Landrieu is running is truthful.

Changing one word doesn’t alter the facts.

Yet Byron York is in a tizzy, flop sweat pouring down his face, no doubt, as he wrote his post for the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.

The ad touts Landrieu’s stand against efforts to stop offshore drilling — a huge part of coastal Louisiana’s economy.

“Nothing about this moratorium makes sense,” she says in the ad, referring to a proposed Obama administration cessation of offshore drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill. And who supported such a moratorium? Democratic lawmakers like Sens. Barbara Boxer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Leahy and others — all of whom, it just happens, have received generous contributions from Landrieu’s political action committee, JAZZ PAC. During a visit to Louisiana a few weeks ago, I heard Landrieu’s highest-rated Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, note how much money Landrieu’s PAC receives from the oil and gas industry, only to turn around and give it to Boxer, et al.

“She’s taking contributions from oil and gas interests and funneling them to people who hate oil and gas,” Cassidy told me.

For Republicans in Louisiana, the fakery of Landrieu’s ad represents a deeper disingenuousness in her campaign: She’s trying to distance herself from a president and an administration of her own party whom she has supported up and down the line.

It’s not that Senator Mary Landrieu is “funneling” money to “people who hate oil and gas,” it’s that she’s continuing to stay on BP’s case, since there’s still clean up to do.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is asking the Coast Guard to force BP PLC to clean up oil and equipment used in the response buried in the waters and mud along the coast. In a letter, Landrieu asked the Coast Guard to figure out where oil remains along the coast — both in remote marshes and under the water along the coast — and to make sure large mats of buried oil from the 2010 BP spill are removed. [Associated Press]

Senator Mary Landrieu refuses to give up her seat simply because Republicans have judged that Obamacare, which has made the goals promised and is stable, should cost President Obama the Senate, starting with red state Democrats losing their jobs.

I’ll say flatly that Landrieu is much more conservative than I am, but I’m not one of those liberal Democrats who thinks we should give up Senate seats held by women, because they aren’t sufficiently progressive. I’ve altered my stance considerably over the years, mulling the effectiveness of ousting women for men who wouldn’t be much different or even worse if they’re Republicans out of Louisiana.

It’s like watching Senator Joe Manchin, whom I disagree with adamantly on the 20-week abortion ban, but whose leadership on gun safety was exemplary and much needed, with more conservative state Democrats required to change our background check standards.

Senator Mary Landrieu is not a progressive, but she’s a tenacious fighter. I’m lovin’ me some Mary right now, because she’s got conservatives like Byron York tied in knots.

Go, Mary.

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14 Responses to Conservative Whiners Upset a Mary Landrieu Playing HardBall Politics [Video]

  1. mjsmith April 16, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I do not think the Democrats will keep control of the Senate.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 16, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Nice vacuous utterly devoid of any logic or substantiation comment. It would appear from all the evidence “I don’t think” should have been the totality of your post.

      As Obamacare continues affording more and more people hitherto uninsured and offers improved more affordable healthcare insurance to the rest polls show acceptance and appreciation of the law. The Democrats will reap benefits while the repug,baggers are saddled with the memory of that buffoon Cruz and the rest of the clown car/gop mob shutting down the government to deny people healthcare. That and the continuing inability of repug,baggers apparently to open their mouths without spewing sexist and racist gibbers bodes well for the Dems this and next election cycle barring unforeseen developments.

      • mjsmith April 16, 2014 at 11:37 am #

        Your response is 100% ridiculous. You are racist and sexist and are a total hypocrite for calling anyone else names.

        • Taylor Marsh April 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

          mjsmith – Whether Dems can keep control of the Senate is something we won’t know until November.

          The competition to see what happens matters.

          Let’s keep our eye on that, please.

          As an aside, I’m sick of the constant name calling & hyper partisanship, instead of issues, whoever is doing it. I’d appreciate it if the level of debate was raised, but NEITHER OF YOU seems capable of it.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter April 16, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

            “I do not think the Democrats will keep control of the Senate.”

            Did I miss some subtle evaluation of information or statistical data in this?

            I however list several reasons and provable, fact checkable events on which I base my opinion.

            How exactly then shall I raise “the level of debate” if facts and reality are not enough?

          • mjsmith April 17, 2014 at 7:28 am #

            I do not respond to what other people post with insults. If you notice it is secular attacking me whenever I post anything. When sec posts something, I eave him alone. I am not against anyone freely expressing what they think or feel. I do not think it is right and I refuse to allow someone to insult me when I post something.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 17, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      And then there is this little gem just in case anyone wants to read actual facts and data instead of thoughts.

  2. T-Steel April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I have conservative views. But that does not mean I will vote for ANY Republican. This situation proves why. Landrieu hits hard and York whines with some weak stuff. Everyone has areas to expose. But this is one area that York really can’t do nothing with.

    When I look back at 2012 and Obama’s vulnerability, it is AMAZING how inept Republicans were at going after him. They ignored all polls and trends and went with THE TIRED AND UN-TRUE. Yes, Senate and Representative races are different beasts. But for all the so-called toughness heartland spirit that the GOP loves to dip into, they sure can’t fight like it. And lack some serious smarts at the wrong times.

    • Taylor Marsh April 16, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

      Oh, that it so very well said, T-Steel.

      Thanks for raising the level of conservative debate.

      As for Obama, if the GOP could have combatted the right-wing clown car they’d have had a decent shot at beating him in 2012. The hard right is doing Republicans no favor. They’re basically making it demographically impossible to win the White House. …and even if they take the Senate this year, it won’t be by much, with 2016 likely bringing back into Democratic hands.

      • T-Steel April 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

        A 2016 Senate win by Republicans won’t mean much at all since in my opinion, Democrats are still ahead in the “hearts and minds” department. I mean look at this Landrieu ad. Especially what she says at 0:21:

        “Just Lousiana, it’s 300,000 people that go to work that go to work in this industry. You just can’t beat up on them.”

        That is friggin’ GOLD for a Democrat to say. You acknowledge something is wrong in an industry but you just don’t blow it away because it affects LIVELIHOODS. That goes against the “GET RID OF ALL OIL” liberals while attracting a spectrum of people to you. Republicans on average are TERRIBLE at attracting a spectrum. In the black community, if you hear some old school black folks, they sound like conservatives in various issues. But they will NEVER vote for Republicans. Poor Yorky.

        For a cool $1 million a year, I would help Republicans with a spectrum blueprint. And I’ll come to this site for all-access to me. LOL!

        • Ga6thDem April 16, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

          I know what you mean about some of the old school black people. I have heard them talk around here too. These people remember Eisenhower and they also have seen what the GOP has turned into.

          The GOP is not only terrible at attracting voters. They are actually succeeding in driving voters AWAY. I’ve never seen anything like it. Any given day they are attacking a demographic in this country and blaming them for the prolbems in the country. Women, blacks, hispanics, poor etc.

  3. casualobserver April 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    If York’s prose is to be deemed “whining”, what most liberal blogs have to say about Republicans must elevate to a tantrum worthy of hospital confinement.

    Fortunately, you will no longer be denied insurance coverage for the long-existing condition.

    • T-Steel April 17, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      It’s not traditional whining. But I call it “whining” when the comeback is SO weak. There are many ways to respond. In my opinion, I would’ve responded with an attack on a Landrieu vulnerability. Wouldn’t even acknowledged this ad. No press response. No nothing. Not dismissive of her. But compartmentalizing what she said for a different attack. I’ve heard you say many times CO that politics ain’t for weak folks. York’s response is weak.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter April 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

      “Fortunately, you will no longer be denied insurance coverage for the long-existing condition.”

      See….even a rich 1%er recognizes the good of the ACA!

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