No Democrat Senators are left in an entire region of the country!
You already know that the Democrats have lost big, and you probably have heard that their defeat just grew by one more Senator over the weekend. But you may not realize the full massive extent of their loss in the Senate.
I love the way that ABC News expressed the significance of the Democrats’ loss: “Landrieu Loses LA Senate Race to GOP Rep. Cassidy.”
The final outstanding Senate race of 2014 was decided Saturday night when three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu lost her bid for reelection to Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Landrieu was the last vestige of Democratic representation from the Deep South and her defeat means that Republicans will control every seat from the region in next year’s Senate.
Cassidy’s victory also cushioned the Republican takeover of the Senate, bringing the GOP’s total seat count to 54 with a net gain to nine seats – party’s biggest pickup in an election since 1994.
Democrats hold 44 seats, while two will be filled by independents.
Landrieu and Cassidy advanced to a runoff under Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system after neither candidate managed to capture more than 50 percent of the total vote on Nov. 4.
For the most part the rest of the story blames Lendrieu’s loss on the fact that Democrat support withdrew from her. Promised money was never given to her so that she could campaign. While this could be interpreted as a reason for her loss to the Republican, another interpretation was that she was so far behind that the Democrat funders decided to cut their losses and save their money for a winnable battle.
The article also says that this was an anti-Obama vote because Cassidy was able to point out that Landrieu voted with the President 97 percent of the time. I think the article is correct, but I hate the way journalists tend to imply that this was merely an emotional association. Maybe there is a reason why people oppose Obama’s and Landrieu’s decisions. If so, this is about real disagreement, not merely emotional dislike.
But the ABC story also reveals another factor in Landrieu’s loss:
Another liability for Landrieu was her vote — and her subsequent defense — for the Affordable Care Act; Cassidy promised on the campaign trail that he’ll work to repeal the controversial healthcare law.
Cassidy is a doctor with more than two decades of experience working with Louisiana’s charity hospital system and comes to the Senate after three terms in Congress representing Louisiana’s 6th District.
If you remember, on the night of the Republican Senate sweep the media tried to pretend that this was not a referendum on Obamacare. But they were wrong. Now, finally, we have a story that doesn’t try to hide the connection.
No more Democrat Senators in the Deep South! That’s hope and change that I can appreciate!