Low Popahirum, December 8, 2014

LOUISIANA

“After conceding defeat Saturday night, Landrieu, 59, a Democrat who was seeking a 4th Senate term, told supporters they haven’t heard the last of her.” – NOLA.com

“Viewed another way, with the defeat of Mary Landrieu, half (30) of those Democratic senators who voted for Obamacare just five years ago are now gone, seventeen of whom were replaced by Republicans. As even leading Democrats have begun to notice, if there is any one message the American people have communicated in their Congressional election votes over the last three cycles, it is that Obamacare should go too.” – The Federalist

“The defeat of incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu after 18 years in office could indicate a major shift in Louisiana politics. One expert sees Republicans taking charge for at least a generation.” – WWNO

“Even before Saturday’s balloting, Graves was believed to have already landed his U.S. House committee assignments — Transportation and Natural Resources.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Eric Skrmetta narrowly defeated political upstart Forest Wright on Saturday (Dec. 6) to keep his seat on the state Public Service Commission, the regulatory body that oversees services that affect consumers, including water and electricity rates.” – NOLA.com

Changes are on the way for the city of Opelousas after voters decided to change who is in the leadership role of the city during this past weekend’s election. Incumbent Mayor Donald Cravins was beaten in the race.” – KPEL

“Regardless of how you feel about what happened in yesterday’s runoffs, this ought to be the final time that Louisiana suffers through another December runoff in a federal election. The Bayou State should return to a regular party primary, leaving behind its ‘open’ or ‘jungle’ primary that makes it a national anomaly.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear BP’s appeal of the way a claims administrator is paying businesses under a multibillion-dollar oil spill damage settlement.” – WWL-TV

We didn’t leave so early during the end of Jim Mora or the football tragedy known as the Mike Ditka years but we headed home with 11 minutes left in the third quarter Sunday. I flew in from Houston so it wasn’t like I had other things to do. I just didn’t want to watch the Saints be terrible anymore. The Saints lost 41-10 to a 3-8-1 team in a performance so pathetic everything about the Saints must be questioned.” – WWL-TV

LSU (8-4, 4-4 SEC) will take on Notre Dame (7-5) in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee. This will mark the first time that LSU has played in this bowl, and it will also mark the first time LSU has played in Nashville since 2010 against Vanderbilt.” – WAFB

NATIONAL

“The reason conservatives should want Romney to run is that we need as many ‘establishment’ types as possible to run for the Republican nomination. We need more moderates to run, and fewer electable conservatives to run, because Republican primary arithmetic favors the side of the right-center divide that produces fewer truly electable candidates.” – Quin Hillyer/National Review

“Don’t worry, Washington. Congress will give you your Christmas and New Year’s back this year — right after some more deadline-induced drama.” – POLITICO

“The slogan of the wave of Ferguson protests is ‘Black Lives Matter.’ But progressives are far more interested in toting around the corpse of Michael Brown to their protests than in the living man he was.” – Sultan Knish

“But late last week Rolling Stone found itself facing a crisis that threatened its reputation as a place for serious, significant journalism. Faced with reporting in The Washington Post that appeared to undermine crucial details of the accuser’s account, and a rebuttal of some aspects from the fraternity, the magazine published a note to readers on Friday saying that it had reservations about the article. It also acknowledged that it had erred in relying solely on the word of the accuser, named only as Jackie, and in agreeing not to try to contact the men she accused.” – NY Times

“Increasingly, I find myself noticing the fact that the very best thinkers and writers on the political right — who are the best thinkers and writers in the political sphere (it’s not even close) — get less immediate attention than the blusterers and bloviaters on both sides. Big Ideas that almost always turn out to be untrue, paranoia and hysteria sell books and bring in ratings, while close observation, fact gathering, skepticism and calm common sense tend to be less commercial. As a result, there’s a pressure on thinkers to start screaming ‘Fire!’ at every new development. It’ll get you interviewed and help you peddle whatever your wares are. (On the left, of course, screaming ‘Fire!’ is known as talking.)” – Andrew Klavan/PJ Media

“Why? Because Trent Lott is the epitome of Republican failure, a man whose unremarkable tenure as Senate Majority Leader ended with a pathetic display of public panic that exposed a man devoid of philosophy or belief, other than the insatiable lust for power, and whose resignation from the Senate was predicated on his insatiable lust for lobbying dollars.” – Rick Shaftan/Mississippi Conservative Daily

“Since then ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ has become the rallying cry of protesters and rioters furious that the officer, Darren Wilson, was not indicted by a grand jury. There is just one problem: It is not clear that Brown put his hands up. Nor is it certain that he said, ‘Don’t shoot.’ On the contrary, the evidence released by the grand jury suggests that the fatal incident began when Brown assaulted Wilson.” – Matthew Continetti/National Review

“Mary Landrieu’s defeat in Louisiana on Saturday should have put paid to Obama’s statism. But it didn’t because Republicans evidently have dedicated themselves to throwing away the mandate to end Obamaism that voters gave them in November. Some used to call the Republicans the ‘stupid party,’ but what is going on now goes much farther than mere stupidity can account for.” – Jed Babbin/American Spectator

“MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, the tampon-earring queen of cable television, has lowered the bar of liberal logic again with a priceless example of the lefty mindset.” – BizPAC Review

“Next time I watch something called #EatenAlive, somebody better get eaten alive.” – The Blaze



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