This new ad, the Landrieu political dynasty and others, term limits, PAC limits, and the upcoming US Senatorial election were some of the topics of the WGSO Radio Show/Google Hangout with Jeff Crouere and Stephen Sabludowsky yesterday. Below is a transcript of the first part of the show.
Crouere: Steve, what's happening? Lot’s on the table this morning? I want to start off by asking you about this ad. A lot of folks have been calling in, saying they didn't find it very effective to have Mary and Moon together on the commercial. Others saw it as sort of cute and effective. You're an objective analyst. What do you think about it?
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Sabludowsky: Kinda confused by it, to be honest with you. I think it made Moon Landrieu to look kinda like a buffoon. But it's a commercial. I don't really know what the purpose of the commercial was. To be able to establish that she has done things for Louisiana? I think that there's a lot of people who can do that other than her dad. The title of the commercial was "Stubborn," and there's part 1 and part 2. I've seen part 1 and part 2, by the way. Yeah, she could be viewed as being stubborn; stubborn in certain ways that she has done things that, say, anger you and others. There are certain things that she has done where her stubbornness has helped out Louisiana. I think that's what they're trying to convey.
Crouere: I agree with you. I think there are some problems with it. We'll see how it works as far as the voters go. I didn't realize there was a part 2, Steve, my goodness! This thing will probably be airing for a while if there are two different parts to it.
Sabludowsky: Yeah, I guess so. Again, I don't really understand it. I probably personally would not have run that commercial. I'm sure that there are a lot of people who are very fond of her dad and her family. I do believe that they have contributed a lot to the community and to the state. Obviously, a lot of people disagree.
Crouere: But they've also received a lot, wouldn't you say? I mean, they've received a lot of praise, perks, money, prestige, positions, power. They've been quite fortunate, wouldn't you say, thanks to the voters?
Sabludowsky: Yeah, I would say. Likewise, I would say the same thing goes for our Governor and our other US Senator. So I think that that's just the way politics is.
Crouere: But the difference is that the Landrieus have been there 44 years. I mean, you can just say from Moon on down to the kids. It's been a continuous 44 years. And Mary's been in office since 1979, so for her, it's 35 years.
Sabludowsky: Yeah. Look, I don't like the dynasties, either. They have one in a few years for President.
Crouere: But when is enough enough? I mean, 44 freaking years?
Sabludowsky: When the voters decide it's enough. It's not fair; you're all in favor of rights, and it's not fair to penalize somebody whether they're the son of Bush or the son or daughter of Landrieu.
Crouere: I don't like dynasties.
Sabludowsky: I understand that. I don't like them, either. But at the same time, you shouldn't punish somebody because they happen to be the sibling or..
Crouere: No, I mean, I don't want to punish them. Just go do something in the private sector! Stop lording over us with your public positions and your public payroll and your perks and all that. Get out there and work! Contribute in another way as opposed to being an elected official or some government representative. I'm in favor of term limits, as you know, so I don't think she should be serving a fourth term in the US Senate. I don't think anybody should. I think it should be twelve years, and then you're done.
Sabludowsky: Ok, so if somebody serves two terms as a US Senator, how long should they serve as Governor?
Crouere: Well, I mean, that would be up to the voters. I don't think there should be twelve years for any position. I don't think they should be in a particular position for decades. So she's been in, I think, six years too long. I think twelve years is a good amount in one position. If you want to leave the Senate and run for Governor - and then there's a two-term limit for Governor - that's fine. That would be up to the voters. But I don't think, in a particular position, you should serve longer than two terms.
Sabludowsky: Ok, so it's up to the voters in one way, but it's not up to the voters in the other, should we impose term limits or some limitations.
Crouere: Let's listen to the voters about term limits. They want term limits. Let's listen to them. Let's do it!
Sabludowsky: Sure. I don't like the idea of somebody who has been a US Senator to be able to use unlimited amount of money to run for Governor. I find that to be very offensive. The state law restricts the amount. It rubs both ways, and it runs both ways.
Crouere: So you're talking about David Vitter's PAC; the recent ruling?
Sabludowsky: Absolutely. Being able to raise unlimited amounts of money and to use it for a state race? Especially to get money from your federal friends, your national donors etc.. I find that to be very offensive. I think in certain events, the state law...I'm all in favor, I'll tell you, of a constitutional amendment restricting the unlimited amount of money that people are able to put into campaigns. Call it free speech, but I like the idea of one man, one vote and one woman, one vote.
Crouere: I'm in favor of giving as much to the voters as we can. Let's let term limits be decided by the voters. You can have that issue on the table for voters. Let's have voters make a decision on some of these issues the legislature can't deal with. Let's turn it over to the voters. I trust the voters more than I do the politicians.
Sabludowsky: Well, I know that you were in favor of the voters being able to decide about Medicaid expansion. You felt like you had enough confidence in the voters to make a decision.
Crouere: I also think that the voters should decide on things such as red light cameras. I don't think a parish should implement those revenue sources, which are like taxes, without the approval of the voters. I'd be confident that the voters would say "Hell no" to those red light cameras, which I don't like. I think they're unconstitutional.
Sabludowsky: Just out of curiosity - and I'm not disagreeing with you - where do we draw the line? Where is it that you have a representative government vs a government by the people
Crouere: Maybe when they start representing us, we can give them more responsibility. But in so many areas, they're not representing. They're not. Look at Obamacare. We didn't want Obamacare. We don't want Obamacare. We got Obamacare. Mary Landrieu didn't listen to us. We sent her thousands of e-mails. She didn't listen!
Sabludowsky: I understand that. And American voters, at this point in time, do not like Obamacare, but they do not want to nullify it.
Crouere: Well, let's see what happens at the midterm elections. Here's my sense. I think Republicans are going to do well, and I think Republicans are going to win more seats. They are going to have a chance of taking over the Senate. If the people here in Louisiana vote out Mary Landrieu, we could very well have a Republican Senate. I think one of the big issues should be Obamacare. I'm hoping these candidates who are running against her start focusing on that.
Sabludowsky: It's going to be very exciting; I agree. I think that Louisiana may be, because of the jungle primary and then the runoff, Louisiana could be the deciding...I don't know what other elections for US Senate that do it the way we do it.
Crouere: None. Nobody does it like we do it.
Sabludowsky: Then we'll be the last to decide. Unless she wins straight up. There was a poll, not the SMOR poll, but another one, that was Democratic oriented. I think it was 49 to 49, or 48-48. Something like that. All the other numbers, then I think that it went to Cassidy, except for 1% that went to Landrieu.
Crouere: Here's what we got to remember. There's going to be a Rev. Brown in the race who might get a few percentage points. There's going to be Rob Maness, Paul Hollis. These guys are going to start, hopefully, getting their campaigns going. Rob Maness is already doing commercials. He's got Sarah Palin's endorsement. I think he's going to be going up in the polls. I guess Cassidy is going to be continuing to spend money. Landrieu is spending money like crazy. This thing is going to be changing.
Sabludowsky: Landrieu is spending money like crazy. I think that the outside money spending, spending money like crazy, primarily the Kochs, but I think there's been other ads that support or would be against the Republicans. They've began to spend money, also.