Sunday, December 05, 2004

Going 1-4 in 2004

Charles Boustany wins runoff like I asked him not to

Chawles, hea's how ya win when facts just ain't ya strong pownt Posted by Hello

LAFAYETTE — Acadiana residents made Republican Dr. Charles Boustany Jr. their next representative in the 7th Congressional District on Saturday.

Boustany received 75,035 votes, or 55 percent, in the race, according to complete but unofficial returns on the Secretary of State’s Web site. His Democratic challenger, state Sen. Willie Landry Mount, earned 61,483 votes , or 45 percent.

55-45 percent--in Republican speak, a license to completely take over the universe.

Mount...had billed herself as the only candidate with experience, while Boustany described himself as the only one giving voters a concrete plan — his “Prescription for Prosperity.”

Boustany, a doctor, has never held public office of any kind. However, he did have a Bushesque catchphrase--"Prescription for Prosperity"--so he won. Voters are stupid.

At public events, he stressed his knowledge of the healthcare industry.

Which, of course, is exactly what holding public office is all about. Expect serious corporate kickbacks in south Louisiana even more than exists now.

His win gives the Republican party a boost in the state that gave its electoral votes to President Bush and Vice President Cheney and elected its first Republican senator, David Vitter last month.

If Louisiana wants to be proud of its ignorance, it can do so without me.

Only 136,518 people cast their votes in the race, compared to the 273,932 who voted on the race during the general election.

In other words, every voter that cared could fit in Lafayette (population: 190,503). What a mandate!

The race was one of two congressional races left undecided after the presidential elections. The other race in the 3rd District, which includes parts of St. Mary, Iberia and St. Martin parishes, saw Democrat Charlie Melancon edge out Republican Billy Tauzin III by less than 500 votes.

So all is not lost--just 99 percent of it!

The national parties both took early interest in the races forking out money for TV ads slamming the opposing candidate. Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry wired $50,000 to Mount and Melancon as a last-ditch effort to help the candidates make it through election day, according to reports from the Associated Press.

Which was nice, but $50,000 barely buys Bush's shoes.

By the way, if the title of this post left you wondering who out my five picks won this year, it was Jimmy Genovese for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hardly any consolation.

At least one recent event gives me hope for the future...


The Manning Report said...

If you went 1-4, I guess I went 4-1. Woot Woot

Ian McGibboney said...

Yeah, you really should brag about that, Jonathan. Personally, I think being right is better than being victorious.

Tony Baize said...

I blame Canada.

Ragin Cajun said...

"--so he won. Voters are stupid."

If the voters are so stupid, why don't you support a literacy test for voting? Wouldn't that solve your problem? I'd vote for that. Let's take all of the "stupid" people out of the equation. Are you sure you're up for that? I am.

Literacy test or not, I think we can all manage to be quite happy here. We'll revel in our multiple victories and you can revel in your self righteousness.

Ian McGibboney said...

A literacy test? Well, I wish. But unfortunately your side tends to use that to suppress the voting rights of people that tend to vote against you. Like minorities.

"We'll revel in our multiple victories and you can revel in your self righteousness."

Well, you sure seem to be doing this with flair. Enjoy your multiple victories, because that's all you've got. You certainly don't have the truth on your side.

Ragin Cajun said...

Are you suggesting that minority voters can't pass a literacy test? That's not very nice. What are you, some kind of racist?

Ian McGibboney said...

Definitely not, but your smug and condescending manner suggests that you might be--if not racially, at least anti-liberally.

Ragin Cajun said...

You can't be serious. You throw up a post calling 55% of the voters in the 7'th congressional district "stupid" and I'm the smug and condescending one? Wow.

Ian McGibboney said...
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Ian McGibboney said...

Hey, if you wish to challenge my point that people often base their vote on simple slogans rather than on in-depth analysis, by all means do so. But don't think that campaigns such as Bush's and Boustany's didn't gain significant boosts from offering sound bites that people could easily absorb (such as "compassionate conservative," "reformer with results," "courage of conviction," "prescription for prosperity," etc.). I don't think it's smug and condescending to point that out.

I do believe that a majority of the country can be wrong, especially when bitter campaigns are run on half-truths and the ingorance of the people on certain issues. I detect that you are taking the stab at voter stupidity a bit too personally. If that describes you as a voter, then I apologize.