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Sweeteners For The South (Louisiana Purchase: $300 Million For Landrieu)
Washington Post ^ | November 22, 2009 | Dana Milbank

Posted on 11/22/2009 10:16:34 AM PST by raptor22

Staffers on Capitol Hill were calling it the Louisiana Purchase.

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."

It was an awkward moment (not least because her figure is 20 times the original Louisiana Purchase price). But it was fairly representative of a Senate debate that seems to be scripted in the Southern Gothic style. The plot was gripping -- the bill survived Saturday's procedural test without a single vote to spare -- and it brought out the rank partisanship, the self-absorption and all the other pathologies of modern politics. If that wasn't enough of a Tennessee Williams story line, the debate even had, playing the lead role, a Southerner named Blanche with a flair for the dramatic.

After Landrieu threw in her support (she asserted that the extra Medicaid funds were "not the reason" for her vote), the lone holdout in the 60-member Democratic caucus was Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Like other Democratic moderates who knew a single vote could kill the bill, she took a streetcar named Opportunism, transferred to one called Wavering and made off with concessions of her own.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Arkansas; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 111th; 30piecessilver; ak2010; arkansa; bhohealthcare; bigeasy; blanchelincoln; bribery; congress; corruption; democraticscandals; democratshealthcare; landrieu; marylandrieu; senate
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D., La.)

http://landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Washington, D.C.

328 Hart Senate Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-5824, (202) 224-9735 fax

New Orleans

Hale Boggs Federal Building 500 Poydras Street, Room 1005 New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 589-2427, (504) 589-4023 fax

Baton Rouge

Room 326, Federal Building 707 Florida Street Baton Rouge, LA 70801

(225) 389-0395, (225) 389-0660 fax

Shreveport

U.S. Courthouse 300 Fannin Street, Room 2240 Shreveport, LA 71101

(318) 676-3085, (318) 676-3100 fax

Lake Charles

Capital One Tower One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1260 Lake Charles, LA 70629

(337) 436-6650, (337) 439-3762

1 posted on 11/22/2009 10:16:36 AM PST by raptor22
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To: raptor22

Her office is a street lamp on a corner of Bourbon Street.


2 posted on 11/22/2009 10:18:09 AM PST by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: raptor22

A caller into Sean on Friday said they tried all the numbers posted to contact the traitor and none answered or vm was full.


3 posted on 11/22/2009 10:19:26 AM PST by albie
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To: Mamzelle

Pretty much what I was thinking.

She do anything for money? Sign any “legislation” for money?

That makes her a prostitute.


4 posted on 11/22/2009 10:23:17 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: raptor22
Every Democrat knows Hellfire will land on them if they don't vote for this bill. Landrieu made a show and got paid some more. There never was any doubt.

Machiavelli himself would gag in revulsion at the process.

5 posted on 11/22/2009 10:23:37 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: raptor22

Harry Reid’s little street whore.


6 posted on 11/22/2009 10:23:54 AM PST by paddles
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To: Mamzelle
Sounds like the story of the woman who was asked if she would hop into bed with the next guy that came along.

She indignantly replied," Certainly not!

Asked again if she would do it for a million dollars, she replied,"Well, okay, but I'm not some prostitute or anything."

To that the questioner offered, "Oh, but you are. We're just trying to establish your price."

7 posted on 11/22/2009 10:24:18 AM PST by stboz
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To: raptor22

She’s proud of her pay off by the way.


8 posted on 11/22/2009 10:25:12 AM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: raptor22
Outside of government this is known as bribery or payola and is illegal.

To paraphase Nixon, "It's not illegal when the democrats do it.

9 posted on 11/22/2009 10:26:54 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (Another day, another injury, another step closer.)
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To: raptor22
hooker Pictures, Images and Photos
10 posted on 11/22/2009 10:27:06 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: raptor22
30 pieces of silver?
11 posted on 11/22/2009 10:28:17 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm.......)
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To: raptor22

All I can say is I knew she was a traitor too..All the Dem’s are fools, this little woman has a sure thing she will get reelected by her welfare group..And get money out of it..Time for the country to be taken back by the real Americans.. Wasn’t her daddy a criminal from Louisiana?


12 posted on 11/22/2009 10:28:44 AM PST by PLD
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To: stboz
All 535 members of Congress are whores. The only difference is in the price. It should be the law of the land that bills should stand on their own with no amendments. Let the light of day shine on the skulduggery going on in our names. There are no words to describe the frustration, anger and angst that I am feeling.
13 posted on 11/22/2009 10:30:08 AM PST by animal172 (Why doesn't affirmative action apply to the NBA or NFL?)
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To: Sybeck1

If each piece of silver is worth $10 mil...


14 posted on 11/22/2009 10:31:04 AM PST by Hessian (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: F15Eagle; Mamzelle
That makes her a prostitute.

Actually, I think they are all prostitutes. Comes with the job.

15 posted on 11/22/2009 10:31:44 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

Pretty much seems to be the case


16 posted on 11/22/2009 10:35:11 AM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: raptor22

Landrieu boldly announces that her seat is up for sale to the highest bidder.


17 posted on 11/22/2009 10:37:46 AM PST by Enough is ENOUGH (Select conservatives for the coming primaries, now. Vote out the incumbents.)
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To: raptor22

I wonder how her constituents feel about this payoff. Did they “win”?


18 posted on 11/22/2009 10:42:10 AM PST by ROTB ("By any means necessary" is evil. See what God thinks of "rising oceans" in Jeremiah 5:22)
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To: animal172
Another way to look at this is that Landrieu negotiated a higher price in order to sell out, and brought more money back to her state. This is, is it not, what the voters in her state want?

Of course, $200 million will be taken off the top by Landrieu and friends. But the voters will be happy they got $100 million.

19 posted on 11/22/2009 10:42:44 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: UCANSEE2

You are right. She did sell out......our country.


20 posted on 11/22/2009 10:44:49 AM PST by animal172 (I'm so glad John Wayne isn't alive to see what has happened to our beloved country.)
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To: raptor22

Please Freep this USA Today poll on Senate vote:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2009-11-20-Health-Care-Senate_N.htm


21 posted on 11/22/2009 10:57:39 AM PST by ajay_kumar (Not all muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are muslim!)
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To: animal172

There is another set of prostitutes here.....they can be seen easily.....in the bathroom mirror. P.J. O’Rourke has it right.


22 posted on 11/22/2009 10:59:17 AM PST by stboz
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To: raptor22

A high priced Whore!


23 posted on 11/22/2009 11:03:04 AM PST by ajay_kumar (Not all muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are muslim!)
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To: Mamzelle

Don’t we have laws about political bribery?????


24 posted on 11/22/2009 11:23:38 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: raptor22

Q: Whats the difference between Mary Landrieu and a $20 whore?

A: $299,999,980


25 posted on 11/22/2009 11:33:13 AM PST by Mr. K (Deathly afraid my typos become a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)
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To: raptor22
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

"Are you a Hoooooker?!"


26 posted on 11/22/2009 11:36:24 AM PST by 444Flyer (OBAMACARE: Population control and America Killing Bill!)
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To: raptor22

Won’t ask her for a date........Too danm expensive!!!


27 posted on 11/22/2009 11:46:16 AM PST by blastdad51 (Typical middle-aged white patriot.)
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To: Mamzelle
$300,000,000!!!!!!!!!!!
What do you figure? 5%-10% into Landrieu’s pockets. That seems to be the average take of the ruling elite in Washington.
But we just keep reelecting them based on how much bacon they can bring home. The time for Mr Jefferson's predicted second revolution is waaaaaay past.
28 posted on 11/22/2009 11:51:57 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: Mamzelle

just as i was going to say...............


29 posted on 11/22/2009 12:59:07 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (=^..^= =^..^= =^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: raptor22

Thanks for the info. I plan on letting her know that I am going to donate to her next opponent, even though I do not live in Louisiana. Money is all she understands, the crook.


30 posted on 11/22/2009 3:08:59 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
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To: Drill Thrawl
Outside of government this is known as bribery or payola and is illegal.

Had we known that $300,000,000 was her price, do you think it would have been possible to find 3 million people who would have been willing to donate $100 to stop this socialism in it's tracks? I bet we could have, but that wouldn't have been legal.

I suggest that anyone who visits her office from now on, dress like a whore or a pimp.

31 posted on 11/22/2009 3:16:56 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: animal172
It should be the law of the land that bills should stand on their own with no amendments.

I agree!

32 posted on 11/22/2009 3:18:39 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: raptor22
The original Louisiana purchase, in 1803, was only $15 Million. And that was some 800,000 square miles.

So how many times do we have to keep on buying New Orleans over and over?

33 posted on 11/22/2009 3:56:14 PM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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