One of the things that vulnerable Democrats are trying to do is distance themselves from a law they voted for. Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D-LA), is one of a group of senators who are doing everything possible to distance themselves after voting for the ACA, aka the Affordable Care Act. According to this LA Times article, she’s hoping people will give her another term by expressing her outrage with the bill she got bought off for:

In the months before Congress passed the president’s healthcare law, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu faced a deluge: The office phones rang off the hook, the mail was heavy and a few restive constituents, well aware of the cameras, showed up at her events urging her to vote against it.

The three-term Louisiana Democrat was one of the final holdouts, but ultimately she backed the bill. And now in this red state, where President Obama lost by 18 percentage points in 2012, her opponents intend to make her pay the price.

Sen. Landrieu’s first mistake was ignoring her constituents. The next mistake she made was selling out her constituents in return for the now-infamous Louisiana Purchase. She wasn’t even honest about it, criticizing “Republican bloggers” for spreading the story:

After reports surfaced of $100 million for Louisiana was added to the Senate’s health care reform legislation, originally from ABC News, and subsequently commented upon by prominent lefties, like U.S. News and World Report’s Bonnie Erbe as my colleague Noel Sheppard pointed out, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., took the Senate floor on Nov. 21 to announce she would vote in favor to proceed forward with the Senate Democratic leadership’s bill.

She also responded to allegations that $100 million earmarked for the Louisiana was added to that legislation to sway her vote. She referred to the likes of ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl and Erbe as “very partisan Republican bloggers.”

“I know that might time is up, but I would like to ask personal privilege for just one more minute to address an issue that has come up unfortunately in the last 24 hours by some very partisan Republican bloggers so I need to respond I think and will do so now,” Landrieu said. “One of the provisions in the framework of this bill that I’ve just decided to move on to debate has to do with fixing a very difficult situation that Louisiana is facing and any other state that might have a catastrophic disaster, let’s hope they don’t, like we did in 2005.”

In other words, Sen. Landrieu was bribed into voting for the catastrophic disaster known as the ACA. She ignored her constituents while accepting a bribe to vote for legislation that didn’t fix the problems that President Obama promised it would fix.

Sen. Landrieu’s third mistake is pretending to stand up against President Obama’s failed health care initiative. Sen. Landrieu’s history isn’t littered with profiles in DC courage, if such a thing even exists. She’s known as a dealmake in the worst sense of the word. At some point, compromise will be needed. She sat in the power seat and got a few trinkets in exchange for voting for the worst legislation in US history.

No legislation has done more to expose people’s personal information to indentity thieves. No legislation has done more to tell the average American family that the product they’ve purchased is substandard when, in reality, these “substandard” policies have saved their lives.

Sen. Landrieu thought she knew better what her constituents needed when she ignored their phone calls, emails and talking directly with her. If that isn’t enough, then President Obama and his allies insisted that the policies that got cancelled were “substandard policies.”

The sanctimoniousness and I-know-better-than-you attitude drip from those sentences.

For that and other reasons, Sen. Landrieu isn’t worthy of the high office of United States senator. She put her good standing in the Democratic Party ahead of her constituents’ needs.

In the end, that’s the most damning reason why she needs to be fired next November.

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5 Responses to “Sanctimoniousness, Obamacare edition”

  • walter hanson says:


    I would’ve added that once a Republican Senator read a regulation in 2010 that said everyone was losing their current policy (which has happened) he proposed a bill which would’ve given every policy their protection not to be cancelled. Mary along with every democrat voted against it.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Rex Newman says:

    We’re entering the next phase of the Obamacare non-argument. First was Denial, then Panic, and now Blame, that we Conservatives can’t or won’t fix it for them. Oh, we can, but concepts like Free Markets and Personal Liberty are off their table.

    It’s right out of Atlas Shrugged, when statist Jim Taggart demands his capitalist sister Dagny save him, his job, and their company. “But I want a discussion! You’re not saying anything. You’re supposed to have the answers!”

    We (the GOP) have to stay out of any such effort to fix MnSure or Obamacare. Let them stew. Either the web site remains dysfunctional or it starts working so that the millions can see just what really isn’t there. If they demand help, demand repeal.

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s a great point, Rex.

    If the DFL insists on getting GOP help but that it be done on ‘their playing field’, conservatives should insist that the solution isn’t found on ‘their playing field’, that it’s founded on free markets, competition and personal liberty.

    Right now, there’s virtually no competition in rural Minnesota. Some counties, like Fillmore, don’t have providers who accept Medicaid for children. That means a parent with a sick child either has to pay for that child’s health care out of their own pocket or they have to travel long distances to get them to a provider who accepts Medicaid.

    That isn’t much of a choice.

  • SWOhio says:

    Sen. Landrieu (D-LA): “If you like the insurance that you have, you’ll be able to keep it.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 12/16/09)

  • Gary Gross says:

    Thanks for that reminder, SW.

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