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U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) (R) talks to an aide as she arrives for the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX187YP
Sen. Mary Landrieu talking to an aide.
The Koch brothers' political money-laundering outfit, Americans for Prosperity, will make denying health care to almost a quarter of a million Louisianians their "top priority" for the state legislature this session. Which means they'll be spending God only knows how much to keep the legislature from expanding Medicaid, and while they're at it attack Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. She's running for re-election this cycle, and to her credit has made Medicaid expansion an issue back home.

It could work for her, as Greg Sargent details, because she's on the side of the actual voters on this one.

Landrieu has also attacked Republicans aggressively over their opposition to the Medicaid expansion, launching a petition calling on Governor Bobby Jindal to embrace it. While Obama’s unpopularity is certainly a liability, Landrieu tries to turn that on Republicans, arguing that their dislike of Obama prevents them from doing the right thing for hundreds of thousands of Louisianians:
Our governor may not like the president, but this is not about the president. It’s about providing health coverage for 240,000 Louisianians who work 40 or 50 hours a week, but still make too little to qualify for assistance in the new marketplace—and too much to qualify for Louisiana’s current Medicaid.
The politics of the Medicaid expansion have taken on a kind of life of their own, separate from Obamacare overall. It has allowed red state Dems to embrace parts of the law while implicitly hitting Republicans over their ideological fixation on full repeal, which would take health coverage away from millions.
That's a good, strong statement from Landrieu, and the way to take on the issue in a red state. Medicaid expansion could be the magic bullet Democrats need for doing that thing Markos has rightly focused on, turning out our base voters. After all, this is their very lives at stake. There couldn't be a clearer example of how Republicans are directly, purposefully, and needlessly harming millions of people around the country.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:06 AM PST.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (44+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:06:36 AM PST

  •  The Koch Brothers (18+ / 0-)

    are morally decrepit;  spending so much money to take healthcare away from so many instead of using that money to help them get healthcare.  FUCK THEM BOTH!  I hope there is a Hell for them to Burn in.

  •  the GOP is being called killers (10+ / 0-)

    over denying medicaid expansion.
    and judging by recent HuffPO and TPM and others- that name is spreading.

    hope it isnt just my wishful thinking. at some point the GOP is going to have to pay for their sins or at least notice that they are merciless, arent they?

    •  This has to be a huge issue (15+ / 0-)

      I hope more Democrats are willing to make it one, because there really isn't a more stark example of what the GOP stands for.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 02:36:36 PM PST

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      •  Louisiana...... (9+ / 0-)

        Florida, and Virginia are three crucial states where we need to expand Medicare.  In all three states, the issue has the potential to shift some working calls voters who have long sided with the Republicans electorally, over to the Democratic column.

        Landrieu is smart to pound Jindal and the GOP on this issue.  She needs to covert some working class voters over the Medicare expansion issue to make up for the loss of many Democratic voters in the New Orleans area who fled the state after Hurricane Katrina.

        Kentucky is going to be the poster child this fall to see if votes who align themselves with the GOP will shift alliances over healthcare.  Kentucky's state exchange, the only southern state to have their own exchange, has signed up over 35,000 people under the Affordable Care Act, many of them residing in economically disadvantaged counties in eastern Kentucky that vote overwhelmingly Republican.  We'll see if these voters turn out to save their new healthcare by voting against McConnell and the GOP.  Stay tuned.

        "The quote on the Statue of Liberty doesn't say 'give me your english-speaking only, Christian-believing, heterosexual masses'

        by unapologeticliberal777 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 07:48:17 AM PST

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        •  I really like the idea of McConnell paying the (2+ / 0-)
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          price for opposing health care, as well as for their obstructionism in general. There will be a lot to watch this fall!

          I like the ideas you have expressed in this and your second comment, unapologeticliberal. Please keep helping with these important fights!

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          by BeninSC on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:16:11 AM PST

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        •  This issue can work (1+ / 0-)
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          It worked for a REPUBLICAN congressman, against an establishment republican.

          He totally supported the Medicaid expansion in a red district in an election last year...AND WON.

          He even got support from one of the "Duck Dynasty" guys. (It wasn't the old one.) Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

          This idea is a winner.

          •  Actually it WAS Phil "the old one" who (0+ / 0-)

            endorsed him and held a fund raiser in Ruston, home of LA Tech (both of their alma matter). He invited Willie to the SOTU.

            "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

            by gritsngumbo on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 06:46:03 PM PST

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      •  I have no idea why Dems are not screaming (3+ / 0-)
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        from the highest mountains with the loudest bullhorns about bringing healthcare to every American. Instead, they wring their hands trying to figure out 'kitchen table' issues that they can use. Maybe it's just me (I doubt it), but we discuss our family health care at the kitchen table regularly.

        "radical, ideological wet dream"

        by Scottsdalian on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:34:00 PM PST

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    •  Not Only (12+ / 0-)

      Are they liars and killers, they are literally taking food out of the mouths of babes to feed the wealthy.

    •  Time to begin hammering away... (2+ / 0-)
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      on the GOP on this.  Add the $10.10 minimum wage and creating more jobs by rebuilding infrastructure and insuring that everyone has a right to vote without interference and immigration and so on, AND if enough dems in enough states and districts hammer, hammer, hammer at the GOPs intransigence on so many populist issues, then maybe we can set the Koch and Rove machines back on their heels.

      Landrieu's clearly on to something here, and metaphors like taking the opposition on with a full court press cannot be applied too early with strategies like hers.

      Let's hope this gets real traction...

      Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

      by Beastly Fool on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:03:00 PM PST

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    •  "Charlie Crist blames Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (0+ / 0-)

      Medicaid policy for ‘six deaths a day’", by By David Ferguson, The Raw Story.

      Crist said that six of those people die in Florida every day.

      [MSNBC's Chuck] Todd was skeptical, asking Crist if that was what he really meant to say.

      “Wait a minute. So that’s a tough allegation,” he said. “You are connecting — you’re saying people are dying, and it’s the fault of not expanding Medicaid?

      “It’s not hard to figure that out. It’s common sense,” the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said. “Look at it. If people are sick, and they aren’t getting health care, what happens? They usually get sicker. Or they die. I mean, those are just the facts, Chuck. That’s what happens. In addition to it, it’s economically stupid. As a result, we’re not getting $51 billion over the next 10 years for the health care institutions in Florida. So the people get better health care, so that kids don’t get sick, that we take care of people. That’s what public servants are supposed to do. That’s why I’m running against Rick Scott, because he’s not a good servant.”

      I can't help it. I love the state of Texas. It's a harmless perversion. - Molly Ivins

      by rsmpdx on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 05:18:42 PM PST

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  •  Democracy is an anathema to the Koch Brothers (12+ / 0-)

    and their ilk.  They do not believe that voters should decide the policies that affect them. Instead, they believe that the wealthiest Americans have the right to purchase the policies that best serve them--through bribery of officials, restriction of voter rights, lies broadcast in ads and on airwaves, and whatever else is required--and impose those policies on the rest of the country. Any consequences of these policies that befall the rest of the population: starvation, destroyed land or water, extreme climate, job loss, sickness, and preventable death, are simply the cost of doing business to these rapacious monsters; they seem almost to enjoy feasting on their fellow creatures.  Their sociopathic obsession could bring this country down.

    Is there no law anywhere on the books that can hold back these men and their methods of operation?

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:52:30 PM PST

  •  Mary Landrieu Alive and Kicking (4+ / 0-)

    To paraphrase Richard Nixon who said, "the political battlefields are littered with the corpses of those who underestimated Ronald Reagan: DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE
    Sen. Landrieu whose political obituary has been written more than once. Watch out, Koch Bros.!

    •  She's a fighter, alright.... (0+ / 0-)

      Landrieu is a fighter, alright, but only when she is fighting for her own job, or for government favors for her rich friends.

      My guess is that she has a decent shot at getting re-elected, and that her friends in the oil/gas industry will be pleased that their investments in her will continue to pay off.

      As for the rest of us, it's hard to see how she is much better than your run-of-the-mill Southern Republican.

      In the best of all worlds, the 2014 election will jolt her out of her complacency and get her working for the good working people of Louisiana.

  •  they can take as much money as they want, it's (4+ / 0-)

    the radio, practically free with hour and hours of local blowhards and stink tank guests and callers, unchallenged for the most part, that gives them the messaging advantage.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:04:28 PM PST

  •  Mary Landrieu isn't my favorite person (5+ / 0-)

    but I wish her very well with this one, that's for sure.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:17:40 PM PST

  •  Turning out the Democratic base won't (2+ / 0-)
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    help Mary get re-elected.  Mary needs two things: (1) the Republicans to nominate a really bad candidate, like crazy right winger, too extreme even for Louisiana Republicans (example:  Woody Jenkins); and ( 2) the business, oil and gas, and oilfield service communities not to come out strongly against here -- to stay on the sidelines.  

    If the Republican nominee is not painted as a crazy right wing nut, and if LABI, and the oil and gas and oilfield service industries come out strongly in support of her opponent, she's toast, regardless of what she says about Medicaid expansion.  

    This is Louisiana.  Medicaid expansion is not an issue that will help her in the election.  She knows that.  Her first ads show her trying to distance herself from the President on the ACA, calling on the President to support changes in the ACA.  She obviously knows that -- her support for the ACA and her identification with the national Democratic party -- are her biggest liabilities.  

    Mary has gotten re-elected on the basis of "I'm a traditionalist, moderate Louisiana Democrat, in the John Breaux, or Bennet Johnston mold."  The more recent trend in this country toward more polarization -- where politicians are identified more by their party than by the candidate as an individual -- is not good for her here in Louisiana.  

    •  I disagree. Issues like Medicare expansion (3+ / 0-)
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      and minimum wage increase resonate in red states and purple states.  These are "common sense" issues she can hit her opponent with over and over.  Most people in any state, including centrist Republicans  (except for tea party creeps) agree that it is dumb to "leave money on the table" and cost the state lots of money by refusing the Medicaid expansion (in FL the refusal to expand Medicaid will cost the state $6 Billion in cold, hard cash, which the taxpayers have to pony up.)   Increasing the minimum wage is extremely popular with virtually anyone.  

      I think Democrats in red states should not be afraid to tackle issues that used to be "too hot" for their states.  Rapidly people in general have moved towards our positions on many issues that used to be problematic in those states, like marriage equality, the sense that income isn't distributed fairly (hence the popularity of an increase in the minimum wage,) immigration, etc.    

      •  I'm in Louisiana. I've seen how Mary has (2+ / 0-)
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        gotten through the last three elections.  

        If you think that Mary is going to increase her electoral totals by moving toward Democratic positions, you'd be EXACTLY wrong.  Mary's biggest liability now is that she's a Democrat.  There are a lot of people in Louisiana who like her personally, and generally are ok with her positions (especially her friendliness to the oil and gas industry) but are more and more uncomfortable with voting for her because they consider her more and more another vote for Harry Reid and the Democrats.  Her vote on the ACA is a really, really big liability for her -- the line is that when push comes to shove, she will go with the President, and that's a big liability here.  

        If Mary were an independent, frankly, I think she'd win easily.  

        People need to stop thinking that issues that resonate with the Democratic base are political winners for Democrats everywhere.  I can assure you that Mary is a pretty savvy politician -- she comes from a very political family -- and she knows better than anyone that she has to spend the next eight months showing her independence from the President and from the Democrats.  It's no accident that the only political ads she has been running have been ads that tout her as trying to get the President to amend the ACA -- she knows that the ads that have been running against her on the ACA are a big problem.

        I admit that I don't know Mary as well as Mitch and other siblings who are not as involved in politics (one is a lawyer in New Orleans, and one is a judge).  But I've been following her political fortunes for a while through

        •  I just don't get why you would say what you say (2+ / 0-)
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          when the basis of this thread is that Landrieu is embracing the exact opposite track of what you claim SHOULD be done.

              To quote from the article:

          --------------------------------------------

          "Landrieu has also attacked Republicans aggressively over their opposition to the Medicaid expansion, launching a petition calling on Governor Bobby Jindal to embrace it. While Obama’s unpopularity is certainly a liability, Landrieu tries to turn that on Republicans, arguing that their dislike of Obama prevents them from doing the right thing for hundreds of thousands of Louisianians:

          Our governor may not like the president, but this is not about the president. It’s about providing health coverage for 240,000 Louisianians who work 40 or 50 hours a week, but still make too little to qualify for assistance in the new marketplace—and too much to qualify for Louisiana’s current Medicaid."

          --------------------------------------------

          So, what you are saying is that Landrieu is dumb for going this way, in fact not just broaching the subject, but, as the article claims AGGRESSIVELY ATTACKING Republicans in the state for their opposition to Medicaid expansion, heck, even starting a petition demanding from Jindal that he accept the Medicaid expansion, calling it disparagingly the "Jindal gap."

          http://www.marylandrieu.com/...

          Democrats in red states tread very carefully with Democratic "bread and butter" issues, knowing that what works in Massachusetts does not always work in states like Utah or Louisiana.  That is EXCEPT when they are thoroughly convinced that the issue is a winner in their state.  They spend lots of money, hire polling firms, assemble focus groups, have researched the pros and cons of any issue, before they go after it in any meaningful way.   I think her actions speak loud and clear that she knows quite well from her findings that Medicaid expansion is a big issue she can exploit to her advantage, which is why she is going for this full bore.

          I think you underestimate Louisiana residents severely here.  Just like in most of the other formerly red states the redness of the state is wearing thinner and thinner (i.e. Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia (which is turning solidly blue from being red,) Florida.  The latest poll of LA voters (conducted by Rasmussen between 1-28 and 1-29) showed a tight race between Landrieu and Cassidy, but, important to this topic it also showed Obama with a 50% approval rating in the state, while Jindal is underwater with 43% approval, 54% disapproval.  So, at least in the state of LA as of today Obama is more important than the sitting governor, Jindal.   Given Obama's 50% approval in the state, aligning yourself with the more safe Obama stuff (Medicaid expansion, minimum wage increase) seems like smart, election winning politics.  

          •  typo (0+ / 0-)

            So, at least in the state of LA as of today Obama is more important than the sitting governor, Jindal.

            should have read

            So, at least in the state of LA as of today Obama is more popular than the sitting governor, Jindal.  

            •  Where is that poll? The President at 50%??? (2+ / 0-)
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              That would mean he has a significantly higher approval rating in Louisiana than in the country as a whole, where his approval rating is around 42%.

              Gallup says the President's approval rating in Louisiana is around 40%.

              Most studies show the President's disapproval in Louisiana at over 50%.

              Rasmussen has Mary trailing Cassidy.    Mary was at 40%, which is not good for a long-time incumbent with big name recognition.  

              •  But Jindal is polling at about 39% (1+ / 0-)
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                "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

                by gritsngumbo on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 06:48:09 PM PST

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                •  Cassidy is not associated with Jindal (1+ / 0-)
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                  the way Mary will be tied to the President on the ACA.  That's pretty much all Cassidy is going to talk about (he's a doctor and was vocal against it). As I said, Mary's only campaign ads presently running are about her trying to distance herself from the President on the ACA, which will be difficult, I suspect.  

                  Cassidy has not been part of any Jindal administration, and I don't think he'll be tied to Jindal.  Not all Republicans in this state are.  

              •  It was Rasmussen's Louisiana poll (1+ / 0-)
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                from last week.    

                Some of the additional findings of the Rasmussen poll (like Obama's approval) are behind a pay firewall, but those who pay Rasmussen's membership fee got those numbers.

                http://www.bayoubuzz.com/...

                Other Rasmussen poll results
                    Here are some other findings of the Rasmussen poll of 500 Louisiana residents:
                    *50% currently approve of President Obama’s job performance, giving him a better job approval rating than he earns nationally.  Of the 48% who disapprove, 42% strongly disapprove.
                    *Only 43% approve of the job Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is doing. Of the 54% who disapprove of his job performance, 33% strongly disapprove.
                    *40% of those surveyed have a favorable opinion of Obamacare, while 55% view it unfavorably.
                    *25% haven’t heard of Cassidy and 40% haven't heard of Hollis.    

                Also, let's not forget here that the "dirty little secret" in the Obamacare "favorable"/"unfavorable" numbers is, as always, that about 11% of all respondents view O-care unfavorable because to them it does not go far enough, they would rather see a single-payer health care system.  Thus, those individuals are highly unlikely to be on board with GOP calls for "rescinding Obamacare" but want to see it go a lot further towards full government control of the health care system.  So, the reality is that when you see 55% unfavorable it really is not a complete reading of the truth, take 11%, 12% away from that number to get the GOP tilted dislike, and add that 11%, 12% to the favorable numbers for the purposes of determining how many people would actually be receptive to the notion that Obamacare should be rescinded as an unwanted government intrusion into the free marketplace.   Yes, even in Louisiana.  

                 Plus, expanding Medicare is not even an Obamacare issue, per se.   Refusing the free funds from the government for the Medicare expansion is seen as utterly stupid, even by many Republicans.  It becomes an issue of fiscal sanity trumping boneheaded ideology.  

                BTW, Gallup is significant CRAP.  That is probably one of the worst polls in the world to quote.  Sorry to be blunt, but they have been one of the worst pollsters around for years.  They were complete crap in 2012, for instance, the worst pollster BY FAR.  Whatever screens they are using, it isn't working.  Rasmussen, a GOP polling firm, has Obama's approval rating at 47% at the moment, others have shown mid-40s.  As they were in 2012, Gallup is once again "alone on an island" with their findings.  

                http://www.dailykos.com/...

                If Rasmussen's numbers have validity, with Obama at 50% in the state at the moment and Landrieu looking vulnerable against Cassidy (while Gov. Jindal is truly in the dumps with LA voters right now, no doubt in part because of his mishandling of Medicare expansion) it stands to reason why Landrieu has suddenly made a reversal and is now strongly hitching her wagon on Obamacare's Medicare expansion as her winning issue.  

                Medicare expansion (and the cost in Dollars and cents to the states who decided not to participate) and minimum wage increase are THE two issues any Democrat in red states need to use to hammer Republicans with every single day.    With Landrieu understanding that, watch her do this day in and day out, and expect the needle to move towards Landrieu because of it.  

          •  What she's attacking is (2+ / 0-)
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            the all too obvious truth that "their dislike of Obama prevents them from doing the right thing"

            If you polled that one, I'm willing to bet that about 70% would agree with the observation. It's kind of stating the obvious.

            The GOP's hardened dislike of Obama has become hyper-reactive, they can no longer help themselves.  It will only be when some responsible republicans get public with their own admission - that this dislike of Obama has been the most unhealthy cause of any political party in about 75 years - only then will this begin to shift for the GOP.

            For Landrieu to make a point of it is simply saying something like this to the voters - "Hey, I get this hatred of Obama thing, and SO DO YOU. And haven't we really had just about enough of it? I know you know what I'm talking about. It's not doing anybody any good. The president's still standing. And all the republicans are doing is taking the country backwards."  

            To cleverly make THIS an issue is to get right at the real problem in today's national politics, which filters down to every local race where these issues resonate.

            The fact that the Kochs and the Roves of the world exploit our divisions and our bigotries, this is not news. But to take it to where the economy nearly fails, and people's health is daily jeopardized, and others who don't have enough to pay for the basics in life are having more taken away - this is not the America we were taught to idealize.

            For democracy to work again, it will require more petitions, more committed voters, more voices raised in the debates, and better information reaching the eyes and ears of everyone who can get involved.

            I hope we can pull it off.

            Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

            by Beastly Fool on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:28:48 PM PST

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            •  Well, yes, there is that. Illogical hatred (0+ / 0-)

              of the man, so everything that is associated with him is hated by default, which makes a mockery of political discourse.    However, in this case you also have the very real and tangible issue of Medicare expansion, which is fully paid for by the federal government to all states.  Refusing those funds will result in massive fines paid by these states (based on population) which the taxpayers are ultimately going to be responsible for.    So, you have the double:  Lack of medicare expansion means that thousands, hundreds of thousands who WOULD be insured via the Medicare expansion are going to remain uninsured, plus the state loses tons of "free" money as a result, not fiscally reasonable or responsible.

              I expect Landrieu to hammer on this Medicare expansion issue until the cows come home.  She'll probably go further and take a page out of Charlie Crist's playbook, counting up the number of expected deaths in her state for every day Medicare hasn't been expanded by the Louisiana legislature.   This is likely a winning issue for her.

    •  Read Jed Lewison's article. (1+ / 0-)
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      I posted it earlier, but it deserves reposting.

      A republican toppled another republican in a district won big my Mitt Romney just four months ago.

      He fought FOR the Medicaid expansion...and he won.

      And it wasn't even close.

      With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McAllister, a political newcomer, led Riser, a state senator who had won the support of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and much of the state’s GOP congressional delegation, 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent.
  •  Who actually gave her the idea for the petition? (2+ / 0-)
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    From my understanding, it does not seem like she would come up with such an idea, and what a better way to spread the word the by getting people to sign a petition and then they will talk later with others about how they signed a petition.

    Gossip is stronger then a TV ad.

  •  Go Mary Go (5+ / 0-)

    As far as I'm concerned, Mary hung the full moon in the night sky.

    She's mighty liberal for Louisiana, IMO, and a fearless campaigner.

    She does get big bucks from oil & gas, and from their despised contractors, but that's Louisiana.

    IIRC, she was an important vote for Obamacare in the first place and bless her for taking ownership of these issues.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 12:42:09 PM PST

  •  I very much like this tack from Landrieu (3+ / 0-)
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    I live in Louisiana, and I'm tired of seeing Landrieu's "I took on the President over the Obamacare cancellations" ad.  I understand why it's tempting, as Obama is unpopular here, and Louisiana is starting to behave politically more and more like other deep South states.

    But 2014 is going to be about getting out the base, and Louisiana is 1/3 black (and 5% Latino).  Any winning Landrieu coalition will be overwhelmingly one of color, so she's not going to win on some perception that she's standing up to Obama.

    The ad from Senate Majority PAC attacking Cassidy for voting for government shutdowns and raising the Medicare age is a much better one.  She needs to differentiate herself from Cassidy on these types of issues.  Increasing the minimum wage and expanding Medicaid are popular even in Louisiana, and this is an opportunity to both galvanize the base and attract those lower-income white voters/conservative white Democrats.

    •  Every day, every demographic gets smarter... (1+ / 0-)
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      smarter about the GOP's cynical views toward women, toward minority voters, toward gays, toward poor people, toward immigrants, toward workers...

      And as the voters from these constituencies get more engaged around issues like medicaid expansion and the minimum wage, they also become more active, and more likely to explore the background of these issues, and talk about these issues to other voters, getting them stirred up as well.

      An aroused electorate, responding honestly to authentic issues (now there's something the GOP seems braindead about) with the threat of a bunch of rich guys trying to take away their democracy - well, that's an election we need to have.

      Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

      by Beastly Fool on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 04:00:07 PM PST

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  •  it is the south (0+ / 0-)

    The Koch brothers will have success in the south.

    Why is it the most religious states are also the states that care the less about all of their people??????

  •  Last I heard (1+ / 0-)
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    POTUS had a higher approval rating in Louisiana that our  "Supreme Leader", Jindal.

    "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

    by gritsngumbo on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:51:16 PM PST

    •  Plus our new Congressman (2+ / 0-)
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      althought he's a Republican, ran on Expanding Medicare.

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 01:54:21 PM PST

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  •  I can't speak for LA from personal exp, but based (4+ / 0-)
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    on my experience w/MO--a once famously swing state now shifting pretty red--Medicaid expansion is a definite winning 'kitchen table' issue that needs to be used wherever possible.  After March I'd not hesitate to use precise figures for ACA-related Medicaid signups in one state (where it was allowed) vs another nearby state (where it wasn't)--state vs state competition is very real for most people on econ issues and can work well in both the allowed (e.g. KY) and the not-allowed states--most obviously FL and TX but everywhere else, including MO.  

    As far as LA goes, specifically, the evidence provided by this post itself suggests that Landrieu herself sees this as a winning issue, when suitably framed (ie "this is not about the president, it's about...").  Unless we think that this Landrieu petition is not really from her office, but from from rogue operative...? :-)

  •  as I have said before, we need to treat and then (1+ / 0-)
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    drill into the heads of every Democrat, the importance of getting out the vote this Nov. I cannot be repeated enough!

  •  The biggest ObamaCare scandal ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... is and has always been how Republican Governors have gotten away with slowly killing their constituents.

    Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting. On biblical prophesy: If you play the bible backwards, it says, "Paul is dead."

    by Tortmaster on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 06:55:45 PM PST

  •  The Tragedy of Great Wealth (0+ / 0-)

    The Koch Brothers are members of the One Percent, who  spend spend billions to keep millions of citizens from receiving any benefit at all, to literally take food from the mouths of children. If this sounds like a child playing Monopoly, that's because it is. There is no reason for these peoples to concern themselves so deeply with taking the last crumb, the last bit of comfort, from those they see as their opponents and treat as pawns.

    I keep wondering when their behavior will be seen for the regressive abomination that it is. A child will grab for the shiny thing of the moment; grownups consider the impact their decisions will have on the lives of others. A "Me First, Mine" society cannot stand for long because it doesn't serve the interests of its members. As humans, this in-built greed is our greatest flaw - perhaps even our "Original Sin". We need help with it.

    •  The thing with Monopoly is that most people (0+ / 0-)

      think of it as a game where you play for a couple hours, then you put the pieces back in the box and get on with living. With the Koch brothers, they forgot to set the game aside and became so obsessed with the power of their own bank, they carried it over into the rest of their lives. They're still playing as if everyone else is their opponent on the board, or their minion in the amassing of greater power and wealth. Stating the obvious, I know. But for them it's a zero sum game, based on scarcity, that there's not enough to take care of everyone.  They clearly don't want to evolve in their thinking to where views and values other than their own can be given legitimacy, and government can be seen as a continual re-invention toward greater effectiveness and responsiveness to the democratic values of all stakeholders - including those they don't agree with.

      Monopoly teaches the rules of the EXTRACTIVE economy, where the 'winner' takes the most loot.  It doesn't even consider the GENERATIVE economy, where participants and stakeholders well being is respected all around. And by stakeholders, I'm including the communities and environments and workers affected by whatever enterprise a business performs. The generative economy is based on a problem solving paradigm where there is enough to go around, enough for everyone to thrive, and we only have to figure out how to make that happen - within the context of democratic thinking...

      If the Koch brothers, and a few other billionaires really got that kind of thinking, we'd move beyond this us against them mentality and all its polarization in pretty short order...

      Now, how to turn that into practical politics...???

      Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce

      by Beastly Fool on Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 10:39:10 AM PST

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  •  Big Donors (0+ / 0-)

    For all their contributions to block healthcare for others, I find it so strange that the Kochs also donate vast sums of money to NY Presbyterian Hospital.  They're one of their biggest donors.   Guess they want their fingers in as many pies as possible.  

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