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GOVERNOR JINDAL (WITH HELP FROM KATRINA) HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF BAYOU POLITICS!

Governor Bobby Jindal is virtually unopposed for reelection as Governor of Louisiana.  (Yes, Louisiana readers, I indeed saw the Saints game last night and all I can say is the Packers are awfully good but I felt this game had rare coaching lapses that sealed the loss – now let’s pick a cheerier subject!)

Thus reports Steve Maley at this site and also cross-blogged at Redstate.  Virtually no serious Democrat sought any of the statewide offices in the Bayou State:

Huey Long must be turning over in his grave. Qualifying closed today for Louisiana’s Fall 2011 statewide elections, and the once super-dominant Democratic Party has failed to field a single credible candidate for statewide office.

(Maley cites this NOLA article!)   No one even ran at all against the state treasurer!  The Lieutenant Governor’s race (of special interest to those pushing Governor Jindal as a VP in 2012) pits TWO Republicans only!  The Attorney General’s race pits two Republicans, the incumbent (and new Republican) Buddy Caldwell against the old GOP hero, Rep. Joseph Cao (who unseated the now convicted former Rep.William Jefferson in a huge upset!).

Even the legislature has switched to the GOP – four house members have switched parties in the past year:

Chaney, a first-term House member, is the fourth House member in recent weeks to jump to the GOP.

The state senate, too.  The party switches are amazing:

Jody Amedee of Gonzalez, a trial lawyer first elected to the upper chamber in 2003, became the third Senate Democrat in the past five months to move into the Republican column.

Amedee’s move gives the GOP a 21-18 majority in the Senate and comes after two veteran lawmakers — John Alario of Westwego and John Smith of Leesville — switched parties last year. Republicans also picked up two seats in special elections earlier this year.

I have never heard of these kind of mass party switches since the exodus of conservative Dems to the GOP in the late 60s and early 70s throughout the South.  This is truly a tribute to Jindal’s leadership in bringing Louisiana out of corruption and incompetence, the costs of which were evidenced by Katrina, and setting the state on a sound path.  Governor Jindal will win whether I endorse him or not but this record of accomplishment calls for a second term!  I would also cite demographic changes in the New Orleans area after Katrina also made the state hostile for Democrats.

Few questioned Jindal’s intent or motive to reform his native state but few thought it would happen.  But it did.  I think the Kingfish would be admiring of how Jindal has been a huge part in a huge political realignment in his home state.  We’ll see if those good results are rewarded and how…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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