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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Downticket Vindication

posted by on May 3 at 22:27 PM

Republicans were hoping to tar Democrat Don Cazayoux by associating him with scary, scary Barack Obama. One National Republican Congressional Committee ad blared, “A vote for Cazayoux is a vote for Obama.” But the results of the special election are in, and Cazayoux is the new House representative for Louisiana’s 6th CD (a traditionally red district). He’s also a newly minted superdelegate.

Meanwhile, Obama’s 7-vote victory in Guam is headed for a recount. Doesn’t look like the delegate tie is going to break, though. Darn!

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Don't worry Annie, evenly split delegates at this point only put Obama further ahead.

Posted by w7ngman | May 3, 2008 10:45 PM

Another awesome and immensely satisfying victory.

Annie, I hope you saw this smackdown statement by Rep. Mark Udall:

The so-called ‘temporary gas tax holiday' that Senators Clinton and McCain propose won't deliver this needed relief. This will not create the economic relief they say it will, because prices will continue to rise until we address the real source of this problem. We do need to provide immediate relief for families hard-hit by spiraling gas prices, and we can do that by demanding the President stop adding to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This will ease the production crunch that is causing these skyrocketing gas prices.

Senator Clinton claimed yesterday that I either stand with her on this proposal or stand with the oil companies. To that I say: I stand with the families of Colorado, who aren't looking for bumper sticker fixes that don't fix anything, but for meaningful change that brings real relief and a new direction for our energy policy. We can't afford more Washington-style pandering while families keep getting squeezed.

It is exactly the kind of short-sighted Washington game that keeps us from getting real results to our energy problem. Experts across the ideological spectrum agree that it will increase the deficit, drain money away from Colorado roads and bridges, and hurt the environment, all without actually making prices lower for drivers.

Posted by lorax | May 3, 2008 10:50 PM

Obama speech in North Carolina tonight. I still find it amazing to watch a politician NOT sound like a total pandering dip-shit, and more like somebody that gives a shit:

Posted by Dan | May 3, 2008 11:19 PM

Supposedly it's not an even delegate split. One of Guam's superdelegates (Madeleine Bordallo?) committed to voting for the winner.

Posted by JME | May 4, 2008 12:27 AM

Fuck yeah! My Youtube is broken, good timing! Keep on keepin' on.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | May 4, 2008 2:50 AM

did you try hitting it, Grant?

Posted by Paulus | May 4, 2008 4:16 AM

So Clinton's one state winning streak has come to an end. Though of 'states that matter' she's won them all.

Posted by Giffy | May 4, 2008 8:32 AM

I suspect the officials in Guam are so excited that anyone cares that they wanted to do it twice :)

Posted by Steve | May 4, 2008 12:15 PM

The sixth district may have been red traditionally, but I can tell you that it has been voting blue - at least in East Baton Rouge parish - a lot more lately. Last time this seat was up, there was no Democratic candidate, only Richard Baker an a Liberitarian who was completely insane. The Libretarian, who didn't campaign at all (but then, neither did Baker) took about 15% of the vote.

The commercials that were run agains Cazayoux were truly ridiculous. And actually, they seemed more worried about Nancy Pelosi than either of the presidential candidates. Every single commercial featured here, while some of them featured Clinton and some featured Obama - it all depeneded when they ran. If it was during a "man" show (sports, news, action, etc), it was Clinton and Pelosi. The rest of the time, it was Obama and Pelosi.

I think my favorite line in the whole series of commercials was the one where they implied that Cazayoux voted to place a tax on children. In reality, he voted against yet another child exemption in Louisiana taxes (there are already about a million of them - including private school tuition).

Posted by Sheryl | May 4, 2008 1:47 PM

As @9 points out the GOP ran ads tying Cazayoux to Obama AND to Clinton. Digging a little deeper, what dies te Cazayoux victory show, if anything, about Obama and Clinton?

1. Gee whiz, first he beat the black candidate in the primary.
(Hope we can we mention that without knee jerky cries of racism, please.)

2. His web site portrays him as kind of moderate iwth some conservative planks:
"Spending in Washington is out of control"
"I hope to join a coalition knows as the Blue Dog Democrats" "I am strongly against amnesty for illegal immigrants."
"ABORTION I am pro-life. This is a position that my wife and I share and its rooted in my faith. .... in Congress, I will continue my work to protect the unborn." "I am very proud to have an A rating from the NRA."

Wow, great reporting here. Gulp, gulp, chug, chug. Leave out the fact the GOP tied him to Clinton, leave out how totally unlike Obama he is, what a joke.
The only way to make this bit of news pro Obama is to basically lie, by leaving out key facts like that.

And Guam? A tie in Guam? Whoo-hoo. The guy who grew up in Asia for part of his life, who won the Democrats abroad thing, who won Hawaii, who's biracial, etc., only tied? A small bit of bad news for Obama.

[Q: Why aren't they represented in Congress by the way? A: We really don't believe in democracy as we clearly have first and second class US citizenship. Q: are we racist? A: Well, we have first and second class citizenship, with and without voting rights and guess what, all the places with second class citizenship are mainly nonwhite. That's the kind of data people who find racism rely on all the time. I'd say yes we are racist because nearly all the places we rule over where the people don't have voting rights are non European-populated.]

Posted by unPC | May 4, 2008 3:03 PM

@10 - Yes, a Democratic victory in Lousiana is different that it is elsewhere. If Cazayoux had come out as pro-choice, pro-gun regulation, and pro-immigrant, there would have been very different results, especially as the district encompasses a bunch of rural parishes in addition to East Baton Rouge. And as to where Cazayoux is going to put his superdelegate nomination...well, if I had to make a guess, I would guess Clinton. I could be wrong, but he has some of the populist thing going on, and Clinton fits with the populist outlook more than Obama does.

Posted by Sheryl | May 4, 2008 3:28 PM

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