February 14, 2006

LEFT HIGH AND DRY:

Blanco bills going down in flames: Handpicked leaders are deserting her (Jan Moller, February 14, 2006, N.O. Times Picayune)

A 12-day legislative session designed to show that Louisiana could speak in a unified voice on levee reform and other hurricane-recovery issues has instead disintegrated into a contentious affair in which Gov. Kathleen Blanco has proved unable to marshal support from her legislative allies on key initiatives.

In a capital where governors traditionally have worked hand-in-hand with legislative leaders, the mood this session has veered from rebellion to outright hostility. As a result, several of Blanco's proposals are languishing and some appear dead for the session. [...]

With Blanco's approval ratings hovering below 40 percent in recent polls, some analysts say legislators are more emboldened in their opposition than they would be if she were more popular with the public. "If she's going to change something, it'll be by marshaling public opinion," said Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research, a polling firm.


Governor Jindal has a ring to it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 1:38 PM
Comments

Jindal for President 2016 has a nice ring to it as well.

Posted by: Rick T. at February 14, 2006 1:49 PM

"If she's going to change something, it'll be by marshaling public opinion"

Sounds like she's successfully marshalling public opinion for a change in governor in 2008.

Posted by: AC at February 14, 2006 1:52 PM

'07

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 1:58 PM

Even better.

Posted by: erp at February 14, 2006 2:32 PM

Approval just below 40%? I'm surprised it's over 30% - must be the LA Dem machine holding it up.

Posted by: AWW at February 14, 2006 2:50 PM

OJ:

Election is 07 but swearing in is 08.

Posted by: AC at February 14, 2006 8:49 PM

Bobby Jindal's 15 minutes of fame seems to have served him as well as Jim Murtha's did.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at February 14, 2006 9:18 PM

Is Murtha on track to be a governor? I was unaware.

Posted by: Timothy at February 15, 2006 10:10 AM

Murtha has been in Congress for over 30 years, and at one time was somewhat of an inside player. He was close to Bush 41, for example, and also Rostenkowski, I believe.

Jindal can be governor or he could run against Mary Landrieu. Governor is probably better, because if he as good as touted, he will make his mark.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 15, 2006 10:44 AM
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