Seriously, what's wrong with people? It's hard to continue to be politically active in light of news like this, which seems to pop up constantly in this state. The Democrats in Louisiana struggle daily to gain the tiniest bit of support in an overwhelmingly red state, and the news that Mary Landrieu is allegedly trading schoolbooks for bribes just makes our uphill climb that much steeper. I'm not sure what to say at this point. I'm disappointed and discouraged, but sadly, not terribly surprised.

It's a running joke that Louisiana is the home of spicy food and spicier politics. We have a long history of back-room deals and cash in the freezer. At the end of the day however, the fact is that deals like this go on all day every day in every corner of politics. For some reason, Louisianians just seem to get caught more often.

Bobby Jindal, our new, young, God-fearing Republican governor, was sworn in yesterday, riding into town on a white horse while crowing about serious ethics reform. In my opinion, that translates into smiling and shaking the voters' hands while continuing politics as usual. I'm willing to give him enough rope to hang himself with, though. Today, that rope isn't very long at all.


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