SOUTH FLORIDA, November 19, 2014 — Locked in a tough Senate runoff that has her on the verge of defeat, a drowning Mary Landrieu begged for a political life preserver. Her caucus threw her a brick.
A 19th century parable attributed to Martin Niemoller still chills to the bone while offering a cautionary tale about letting others suffer.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
They came for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, and not one liberal was willing to speak up.
Losing a Senate seat is hardly on par with being murdered in the Holocaust, but the tactic of abandoning people in desperate need remains as morally bankrupt as it ever was.
Desperate to save her reelection, Landrieu decided to finally push for Senate approval of the Keystone Pipeline that had been bottled up in the Senate for six years at the request of the Obama White House. Soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid obediently complied.
Needing 60 votes to end a filibuster, all 45 Republicans voted for the pipeline. Needing only 15 of 55 Democrats (including two independents who caucus with the Democrats), Landrieu could only get 14 votes, including her own. Had one Democrat out of 41 cared about Landrieu’s future, the bill would have passed.
A pair of Barbaras have spent their lives speaking out about the importance of women’s rights. Barbara Boxer of California and Mikulski of Maryland have dedicated their entire careers to the “war on women.” When it came time to save their sister from Louisiana, they let her sink.
Unlike pro-life conservative like Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann, Landrieu is a doctrinaire liberal Democrat who obeys the Democrat Party platform on social issues. When push came to shove, the women in the Senate stood by their man in the White House. Like Tammy Wynette and Hillary Clinton, they stood by their man, right or wrong, as the woman begged for support.
The saddest part for Landrieu is that the Keystone Pipeline had no chance of being signed into law. President Obama was expected to veto it. Democrats did not throw Landrieu under the bus to prevent a bill they disagreed with from becoming law. They voted no to prevent the man who spent his Senate career voting “present” from even having to make a decision. They were willing to sacrifice one of their own to keep President Obama from even having to govern. This strategy destroyed Democrats in the November 2014 elections, yet they define insanity by doing the same failed tactic over and over again and expecting a different result.
President Obama no longer has to face the voters. He will be leaving office in two years. Landrieu had a chance of still being around the Senate. The women in the Senate proved once again that when liberalism comes into conflict with gender or any other characteristic, liberalism always wins. Boxer and Mikulski finished off Landrieu with as much grace as Brenda Richie did when beating up her husband Lionel and his girlfriend.
The National Organization for Women was its typical amoral self, unwilling to lift a finger to save a woman in distress.
Landrieu’s gender would normally not be an issue except that the 2014 Democrats made the war on women a central plank in their election strategy. Democrats decided to protect a man and insuring that another man in Bill Cassidy won her Senate seat. Cassidy is a Republican, and Republicans will have the votes to force action on the pipeline soon enough. Liberal Democrats did not care.
While conservatives and all Republicans should be delighted at Democrats eating their own, the hypocrisy of the gender-baiting faux feminists deserves recognition.
The next time a liberal Democrat plays the race, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity bigotry cards, ask them who let their own Louisiana member of the Blah-Blah Sisterhood go down in flames.
The rats did not just jump the ship this time. They bit the carcass they threw over until nothing was left.
They did not just jump the shark. They parachuted over it while dropping one of their own into the tank to be devoured.
They did not sacrifice a Senator for a greater good. They sacrificed her for a president who has left them nothing but electoral pain and destruction.
When some of these 41 Democrats come up for reelection in 2016, Mary Landrieu will not be there to speak up.