Skip to comments.Sweeteners For The South (Louisiana Purchase: $300 Million For Landrieu)
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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328 Hart Senate Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5824, (202) 224-9735 fax
Hale Boggs Federal Building 500 Poydras Street, Room 1005 New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 589-2427, (504) 589-4023 fax
Room 326, Federal Building 707 Florida Street Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 389-0395, (225) 389-0660 fax
U.S. Courthouse 300 Fannin Street, Room 2240 Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 676-3085, (318) 676-3100 fax
Capital One Tower One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1260 Lake Charles, LA 70629
(337) 436-6650, (337) 439-3762
Her office is a street lamp on a corner of Bourbon Street.
A caller into Sean on Friday said they tried all the numbers posted to contact the traitor and none answered or vm was full.
Machiavelli himself would gag in revulsion at the process.
Harry Reid’s little street whore.
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."
She’s proud of her pay off by the way.
To paraphase Nixon, "It's not illegal when the democrats do it.
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?
If each piece of silver is worth $10 mil...
Actually, I think they are all prostitutes. Comes with the job.
Landrieu boldly announces that her seat is up for sale to the highest bidder.
I wonder how her constituents feel about this payoff. Did they “win”?
Of course, $200 million will be taken off the top by Landrieu and friends. But the voters will be happy they got $100 million.
You are right. She did sell out......our country.