According to NBC News, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is “nothing if not a survivor.”
The left-leaning network published an article today outlining how Landrieu has survived the tests of time, while Republicans have made her out to be a leftist politician, though she’s actually a “conservative Democrat.”
To make their point, NBC claims the hotly contested Senate race in the state this year between Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), is nothing more than a battle against President Obama, and not Landrieu herself. Here’s what the article states:
As with other Southern Democrats fighting for survival this cycle, the Louisiana race is more about the inhabitant of the White House than any candidates on the November ballot.
A Democratic president hasn’t won the state since Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election contest. And President Barack Obama won only 41 percent of the vote in 2012, creating a significant headwind for Landrieu despite being ranked by National Journal as one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate.
While the LAGOP has attempted to tie Landrieu to Obama, it is ultimately the policy decisions Landrieu has made or voted for in her long tenure. On issues like abortion, Obamacare, immigration and federal spending, Landrieu has proven herself to be a left-of-center Democrat, whether Obama is in office or not.
NBC goes on to say that “Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor more known for his wonkish health care expertise than raw political talent, has had some trouble knocking Landrieu – the daughter of the former mayor of New Orleans – off her game.”
But, how NBC comes to that conclusion is beyond us here at the Hayride.
Cassidy has, for quite some time now, successfully attacked Landrieu on issues the state cares most about, such as the majority’s opposition to Obamacare and energy issues such as the Keystone XL Pipeline.
And lastly, the piece states that Landrieu has “earned national headlines” for helping with that infamous keg stand. But, as you can probably remember, that keg stand did not win Landrieu praise. It was seen as more juvenile than anything.