Saturday, December 14, 2013

Behind the Ad: Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu says she is "fixing" Obamacare

By Richard K. Barry

Who: The Mary Landrieu Senate campaign

Where: Louisiana

What's going on: Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is in a tough battle to keep her U.S. Senate seat. And if you need further proof, as Tip O'Neill used to say, that all politics is local, she is doing her best to keep Obamacare at arms length as she campaigns at home.

Yes, she and other vulnerable Democrats are busy dirtying their diapers over the perceived disaster that has been the Obamacare rollout. Landrieu has launched her first TV ad of the season in which she argues that it wasn't her fault, and not even the fault of any Democrat who doesn't happen to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Built around news clips, the 30-second ad highlights legislation Landrieu introduced to let people keep their health care plans after the public outcry over hundreds of thousands of cancellations.

Landrieu tries to pin the broken promise that Americans could keep their plans if they like them squarely on the president, not on the congressional Democrats who espoused the same talking point.

Well, one problem for the good senator is that she was, you may recall, a pivotal vote for the problematic law in the first place. If you don't recall, and you happen to live in Louisiana, conservative outside groups have spent and will continue to spend bucket loads of cash to remind you.

You can't hate the woman for doing what is needed to win. She's taking a hit in recent polls and only won in 2002 and 2008 by a mere  52 percent of the vote. Still,  it makes you understand why people dislike politics so much.


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