Perhaps inspired by The Independent's "Don't Run" letter to Blanco, The Daily Advertiser published an editorial last week titled "Breaux Should Not Run for Governor."
Take it away, Daily Advertiser:
"Asking Breaux not to run is a significant request, but he proved during his tenure as a U.S. Senator that he could set aside partisan politics for the good of the state and the nation. His legacy is his ability to build bridges and help rival sides reach consensus."
The Advertiser praises Breaux's bi-partisan record and reputation and then asks him not to run. Why, you ask? "Imagine how heated, nasty and distracting the fight will get if Breaux runs," the daily paper says. "Leaders of the state's two major parties lack the self-discipline to focus on recovery if Breaux runs against the already-declared U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal," The Advertiser opines. "They will focus on personal attacks, not public needs."
Ironically, the Louisiana GOP apparently agreed, as it immediately sent out The Advertiser's complete editorial as a press release.
The Advertiser implies that if Breaux stays out of the race, the Louisiana Republican and Democratic parties will suddenly be bathed in a collective ray of mutual respect, love and sunshine all the way through until Election Day. There will be no questioning of the opposition's record; no negative campaigning. As long as John Breaux's not around, Republican and Democratic leaders will be able to control their destructive urges and focus on the state's recovery.
If you believe that, FEMA's always looking for a good spokesman.
Exactly how our Republican and Democratic leaders would suddenly zero in on recovery efforts such as coastal restoration and an overhauled health care system without Breaux in the race is a mystery. The Advertiser says it welcomes "debate on those issues, as well as how to spend, invest, save and refund to taxpayers the state's surplus revenues. That question should not be resolved by a lame-duck governor and a legislative session filled with politicians jockeying for their own re-election or figuring how to dodge a term limit by moving from House to Senate."
So apparently The Advertiser recommends that Gov. Blanco and the Legislature should have some healthy debate but otherwise take off the next eight months until the next governor takes office.
If this all sounds confusing and illogical, don't fret ' you're not alone. Judging from a follow-up editorial it published three days later, even The Advertiser had second thoughts about its judgment on Blanco and the Legislature. "There is time left in her term for some good things to be done, and there are some good things on the Blanco agenda," wrote the paper. "In the months remaining, the governor may be able to implement needed legislation in such areas as education, the infrastructure, the economy and the quality of life of Louisiana's citizens. There could be a happy ending to her troubled tenure."
But The Advertiser digresses; its Blanco flip-flopping has nothing to do with John Breaux running for governor.
Elections are about residents casting votes and letting their voice be heard. Before Breaux's name could even go on a ballot in Louisiana, there are serious hurdles in his quest to be governor. First and foremost, there are legal questions to be answered about his residency status. Those are for our legal system to decide. And even if Crowley native Breaux's residency issue is resolved and he does run for governor, he currently trails Jindal by 30 points in the latest poll conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research. (That's a wider margin than Jindal's 24-point lead over Blanco.)
As a barometer of how bizarre The Advertiser's Breaux screed is, consider the editorial "Opportunities Abound in '07" from The Monroe News-Star ' keeping in mind that Monroe is a conservative town which history suggests would strongly prefer a Republican governor. "Louisianans must not fear a contentious gubernatorial campaign: Competing political plans and competing campaign visions ought to collide in the Public Square," wrote the News-Star. "It's not always pretty when ideas compete, but political competition provides voters pause to reflect, to study and to question the state of their state. That's what citizenship is all about."
The paper concluded, "With no incumbent in the autumn race, this year's election can be less about pointing fingers and more about choosing paths."
We wholeheartedly agree.
Which brings us to back to the ultimate question: Given the media's long and cherished history of encouraging multiple points of view and the political process, why would The Daily Advertiser write an editorial asking John Breaux not to run? There are only two possible answers: its editors and publisher are either stunningly naive ' or transparently partisan. In both cases, with the most important governor's election in the history of Louisiana approaching, neither answer is comforting or acceptable.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Sign "ninjas" cleaning up clutter; NYC doctor positive for Ebola; Ferguson grand jury decision nears; and more national and international news for Friday, October 24, 2014.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.