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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.
Hushed plans for a commercial development along the Louisiana Avenue portion of the Holy Rosary campus put the future of longtime tenant EarthShare Gardens in jeopardy.
If a recent advertisement in The Daily Advertiser is any indication, speculation the local daily will be implementing the “Butterfly Project” could be more of a reality than the Gannett-owned paper’s top execs are willing to admit.
Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.