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.


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heh, as the ship starts to sink, the rats try to act like they never chewed the hole in the side.

OregonPolitician on February 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Rumor here in Louisiana is that Hollis is only trying to get some statewide name recognition, for a run at a statewide office in 2015, more than thinking that he has a shot.

Mary’s got problems, but don’t ever count her out. She’s historically done well in the “conservative” coastal areas because of her ties to the big employers in the shipyard, offshore supply boat, and offshore service biz sectors.

Kermit on February 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

This is slightly surprising, given that 40 percent of the people polled told Rasmussen they didn’t know who Hollis was.

At this point, they would vote for a dead fish over Landrieu.

Vero Beach Florida on February 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Stick a fork in her (there’s enough of her there so you won’t have a problem finding a place) … she’s done.

Louisianans WILL NOT forget her betrayal – no matter how hard she white washes it.

Hello Ambassador to France …

HondaV65 on February 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Shows how little Louisiana residents think of her if she can’t even poll ahead of someone most people don’t even know.

She’s one D I look forward to seeing defeated.

cat_owner on February 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

It’s going to be really interesting to watch this election cycle as it ramps up this summer…. while no one can predict the future, it’s pretty clear the MSM will have a lot of heavy lifting to do to keep the Dem’s controlling the Senate….

IMO, it won’t be enough, and hopefully the media comes out of this election just a little more exposed as the partisan douchebags they really are.

Fathom on February 15, 2014 at 4:11 PM

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Difficultas_Est_Imperium on February 15, 2014 at 4:12 PM

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.

In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible.

George Orwell: ‘Politics and the English Language’
First published: Horizon. — GB, London. — April 1946.

MichaelGabriel on February 15, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I’d seen that on Gateway Pundit and made the mistake of repeating this on a newspaper columnist’s blog. Someone fairly immediately took me to task and pointed out she talks about ACA at length, under “priorities.”

http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=15

lizzieillinois on February 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Nothing about Ray Nagin on her site, either….just sayin’.

otcconan on February 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

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.

I really and truly hope so, but it’s a long way until November and with the low information voters attention span being equivalent to that of a gnat, and a media ready to destroy any republican with any ‘gaffe’ that he or she will inevitably make, I’m afraid that we just can’t count on disgust with Obamacare alone to carry the day. In my opinion, we need to also push back twice as hard on the media by highlighting their biased coverage every time they deploy it and forcing the media instead to answer questions that go straight to the very heart of their profession, such as to why aren’t you asking Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La Mr. MSM Reporter as to why there isn’t any mention of her support for Obamacare on her web page. It’s time we started to play relentless offense on the media starting now until November.

sailwind on February 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Mary Landrieu is finding out that Obowma’s stink doesn’t wash off…

Seven Percent Solution on February 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Mary’s got problems, but don’t ever count her out. She’s historically done well in the “conservative” coastal areas because of her ties to the big employers in the shipyard, offshore supply boat, and offshore service biz sectors.

Kermit on February 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

How are those big employers being affected by Obamacare?

Might that make a difference in the next election?

Alien on February 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

This nifty strategy means she will lose by 11 percentage points rather than 12.

She’d do better just groveling at O’s feet and accepting her lucrative lobbyist parting gifts.

Art Vandelay on February 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I’d seen that on Gateway Pundit and made the mistake of repeating this on a newspaper columnist’s blog. Someone fairly immediately took me to task and pointed out she talks about ACA at length, under “priorities.”

http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=15

lizzieillinois on February 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM

The site mentioned in the post is http://www.marylandrieu.com/ not http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/. It looks like marylandrieu.com is run by the Friends of Mary Landrieu campaign committee. The .gov site is the official site for her as a senator. I wonder how much control she has of the .gov site or if she hasn’t had a chance to clean it yet.

OrdinaryAverageGuy on February 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Landriue MUST go the way of Blanche Lincoln, the scumhags, at all costs.

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Okayyy, got moderated

Let me try again:

Remember that in 2008, when Landrieu last ran, Katrina refugees were still arguing to vote from Texas and wherever else they were evacuated back in 1995.
Then realize it will have been more than *nine* years since Katrina hit this election. The Louisiana Board of Elections is free to tell “Katrina refugees” in Houston or wherever to fugeddaboudit.

Landrieu is fooked

Sekhmet on February 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Landrieu, but no matter, back to the ranch, pronto, you lying impertinent sow!!!

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Fluke her into oblivion, then pour lemon juice on her, the scumhag

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

“Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of a hat.”
“But that trick never works.”
“It does if you’re a Dem.”

Never count these people out.

ncinca on February 15, 2014 at 4:40 PM

- no matter how hard she white washes it.

HondaV65 on February 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Racist!

Franklin100 on February 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Mary Landrieu has never run on the issues because issues have never really mattered for her in her campaigns. She runs on her family name – her father, Moon Landrieu, was a popular Mayor of New Orleans and a judge for several years.

If her name were Mary Smith, she would never have been elected to anything.

This year, more than ever, she needs voters to forget issues, records, and her Washington associations, and to concentrate on her last name.

Adjoran on February 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Fluke her into oblivion, then pour lemon juice on her, the scumhag

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Come on, Schad. They can’t all be scumhags. Save that for Hillary.

Lanceman on February 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Mary Landrieu’s campaign web site seems to be missing something

…the buffet trough?

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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.
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Lol,….or till they both tumble over da Political Cliff!!!!

canopfor on February 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM

It’s likely that most Landrieu voters have mastered no more than the first four letters of the alphabet and are functionally illiterate, thus rendering a website build-out cost-ineffective.

All they look for is that “D” symbol when voting … and it’s free food, phones, shelter, housing, incidentals, money for out-of-wedlock babies, and now healthcare.

It’s the new American Dream! Life be good …

ShainS on February 15, 2014 at 5:06 PM

How are those big employers being affected by Obamacare?

Might that make a difference in the next election?

Alien on February 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

They get big government contracts and government paid for foreign contracts to build ships and boats for USCG and shore defenses. Mary has protected those contracts. No different than DiFi and her hubby’s companies getting all those DoD construction contracts around the world.

Kermit on February 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I am confident that Bill Cassidy will win, maybe in the open general primary.

However, NEVER EVER UNDERESTIMATE Mary in an election. She’ll get 40% guaranteed.

Kermit on February 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

davidk on February 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

At least 20 websites have had that up since this morning.

Kermit on February 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Louisiana
CONGRESSIONAL RACES IN 2014

Race All Candidates Amount Raised:

Senate Mary L. Landrieu (D)* $9,489,717

Bill Cassidy (R) $5,121,030

Rob Maness (R) $342,175

Brannon McMorris (L) $4,300
==============================

Data last updated: 02/15/2014.

http://www.opensecrets.org/races/election.php?state=LA&cycle=2014

http://www.opensecrets.org/

canopfor on February 15, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fluke her into oblivion, then pour lemon juice on her, the scumhag

Schadenfreude on February 15, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Lurked for many a years and at first did not think much of your posts. Thus, for a long time I just skipped your “rants”. Now, I look sort of look forward to your comments. To be clear, in no fashion am I laughing at you. You are honest, focused, and consistent. I admire folks with those three traits, even when we disagree.

HonestLib on February 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

http://clashdaily.com/2014/02/respect-usain-bolt-blows-reprter-u-s-national-anthem/

davidk on February 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

davidk: Thank-you for that, I like Bolt,..and My respect for him,
keeps growing!:0

canopfor on February 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Speaking of Debby Downer, she has been as quiet as a church mouse lately. Wonder what she is doing? As chair of the DNC, isn’t she supposed to have a high profile?

Techster64 on February 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

The stench surrounds you, Mary.

Philly on February 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

You can run, but you won’t be able to hide.

So we can chock this up as it will be another win for the Democrats?

albill on February 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Ctl-F progessive search for health at Landrieu’s news page failed at heal. (Three hits for hea: “We have turned from a Senate to a theater, and I’m tired of being part of a theater,” Landrieu said. “If I wanted to be part of a theater, I would have gone to New York.”)

melanerpes on February 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

maybe the electorate will forget about it…..

Cookie?

famous amos on February 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM

Don’t worry. This like many other opportunities will be squandered by the GOP. After all, they don’t really hate Obamacare. Their last nominee for president invented it

Brock Robamney on February 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Democratic Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia at the Republican National Convention 2004:

Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.

Wade on February 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM