It didn’t take a tea party to swing Louisiana politics any farther to the right in recent years. While the nascent conservative movement is causing insurgent upsets in Republican primaries across the country, the mainstream here had been moving that way since before Gov. Bobby Jindal’s election in 2007 and the Legislature’s sweeping tax cuts of 2008.
President Barack Obama, who received only 40 percent of Louisiana votes, is even less popular now, according to polls, thanks to policies — the health-care law, cap-and-trade energy proposals and the Gulf drilling moratorium — that strike deep nerves here.
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