By Robert A. Vella
Hindered by his lingering prostitution scandal, and dragged down by a highly unpopular two-term governor from his own party (Bobby Jindal), Senator David Vitter (R) lost his bid to become Louisiana’s next chief executive to Democrat John Bel Edwards. The margin of victory for Edwards stood at 10 percent late last night with about half the precincts reporting.
In his concession speech, Vitter announced that he would not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate next year.
A Democratic Party governor elected in a former Confederate state? The hell you say! Yes, it’s true. But, before you fidgety liberals and progressives get all fired-up about the impending doom of the Republican Party, allow me to tamper your exuberance with a little cold reality. John Bel Edwards is what we call a conserva-Dem, a stalwart social conservative with centrist economics views in the mold of those long-gone Southern Democrats who bolted to the GOP after the 1960s Civil Rights era. He probably has more in common politically with Civil War general John Bell Hood than he does with any of the current Democratic presidential candidates (Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley), JFK, or even LBJ.
Edwards, a West Point graduate and former officer in the 82nd airborne division, ran a campaign that any flag-waving, god-fearing Republican would love. He opposes abortion, embraces America’s psychologically-questionable gun culture, and has expressed similar anti-Syrian refugee sentiments as did Vitter.
Ah, Louisiana and the Deep South…
“We don’t cottin much to libruls down heah!”