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Op-Ed: Elections in Louisiana Reflect State’s Refutation of Obama Change

By Carol Forsloff     Dec 7, 2008 in Politics
While much of the rest of the country has accepted the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Louisiana, one of the States that gave John McCain a resounding victory, continues to buck national trends
While much of the rest of the country has accepted the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Louisiana, one of the States that gave John McCain a resounding victory, continues to buck national trends evidenced by its election of Joe Cao and John Fleming.
Joe Cao, a Republican who calls himself a moderate, may be moderate presently but with a cohort such as John Fleming, also elected to the Congress after defeating a popular district attorney, Paul Carmouche things might change. That’s because Fleming not only ran for Representative to the United States Congress, he specifically called Louisianans to repudiate Barack Obama as early as the Presidential primaries.
Fleming isn’t a moderate and instead calls himself a staunch conservative. He also supported strong attacks against projected enemies with ugly ways used in other contests, most notably 2004 when a respected political figure and Vietnam war hero, Max Cleland, who had lost his legs and the use of one arm during the conflict, was defeated in a smear campaign by Saxby Chambliss, Republican, who defeated his challenger in the 2008 contest, Jim Martin, also a Vietnam War veteran.
The extreme views of Fleming and his attack ads on Barack Obama hint of trouble in the House with the kind of attack dog that literally has no conscience, in the same manner as Chambliss, who also evidenced cruelty, lies and smears in his campaign against both Martin, and even more so, Max Cleland. Fleming spoke of Obama as a terrorist, made strong statements about Obama as a non Christian and someone who did not evidence good values. His commercials stressed that he is pro-gun, pro-life and pro-family.
Frequent political stalemates that kept the country from moving forward may be aided by Fleming, and less so Joe Cao. Fleming was supported late in his campaign by Governor Bobby Jindal, who is being touted by the media as a potential Presidential candidate in 2008. Jindal underlined Fleming as sharing Louisiana values. These values were pointed out as uniquely different. Fleming’s wealth and influence in Louisiana along with his support by Governor Jindal will strengthen his hand during any Congressional debates. It is likely that Obama’s plans for reform will be contested by Louisiana politicos, who, as usual, are at odds with most of the rest of the country.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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