Mary Landrieu’s campaign web site seems to be missing something
posted at 4:01 pm on February 15, 2014 by Jazz Shaw
As recently as two months ago, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) was standing strong behind her vote to pass Obamacare, saying she would do it all again. Fair enough, I thought… when you’re a politician, sometimes you have to take a principled stand – no matter how wrong headed – and ride that horse till it drops. You might be wrong, but at least you’re consistent, and your supporters will likely appreciate that.
But as Jim Geraghty noted this week, the Senator’s reelection web site is looking a little spartan these days, and has one very notable omission.
For one of the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, Senator Mary Landrieu’s campaign site is rather . . . sparse right now.
The opening splash page is an invitation to contribute money — standard on campaign web pages these days — and then . . . three buttons: a link to the Facebook page, a link to the Twitter feed, and the “News & Press Releases” page.
In the 29 items listed on the “News & Press Releases” page, the words “Obamacare,” “Affordable Care Act,” “health care,” and “health” never appear.
“Insurance” gets mentioned six times . . . but only in the context of flood insurance.
This site is actually somewhat remarkable for someone in the midst of a very heated campaign battle. There are literally only three pages available after the splash intro, with one of them being a link to social media portals and another being the “opportunity” to send her money. The news page isn’t terribly “newsy” either. It’s almost as if she doesn’t want potential undecided voters to be able to find out where she stands on the pressing issues of the day.
Again, this seems odd, given that her own home town press is saying that more than one GOP hopeful is polling pretty well against her, and they haven’t even settled on a candidate yet.
A national polling firm says incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is slightly behind her most formidable Republican challenger, Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy, in a head-to-head competition for her seat this November.
Rasmussen Reports said Cassidy had 44 percent support to Landrieu’s 40 percent support in a recent telephone survey of 500 likely Louisiana voters conducted Jan. 28-29…
And Cassidy wasn’t the only Republican in the Senate race found to perform well against Landrieu. State Rep. Paul Hollis, R-Covington, would also do fairly well in a match up with the incumbent, according to the poll results.
In a head-to-head race, 42 percent of the voters surveyed said they would support Hollis and 42 percent said they would support Landrieu. This is slightly surprising, given that 40 percent of the people polled told Rasmussen they didn’t know who Hollis was.
Even if they didn’t recognize Hollis by name, the people surveyed would have known that Hollis is a Republican because of the way Rasmussen asked its questions during the survey. They also would have known that Landrieu is a Democrat.
The earlier bluster displayed by Landrieu and other members of her party (such as Debby Downer) in their proclamations that they would “run on Obamacare” has essentially disappeared. This strange looking campaign website is further evidence that Democrats are not only failing to run on Obamacare, they are clearly running away from it.
Good luck with that. You can run, but you won’t be able to hide.