It could be one of those moments when a political career careens into a great big “Dead End” sign…when the needle of impending electoral doom swings into the red zone of “massive meltdown.”
In a picture that’s gone viral, embattled Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu is seen helping to force beer down the throat of a football fan at a tailgate gathering. Apparently, Landrieu, who is fighting for her political life in a very tight reelection campaign, must have thought she could win the hearts and votes of a certain hardcore party crowd when she helped a guy do a keg stand before the LSU-Mississippi State football game.
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From the Times-Picayune of New Orleans:
For those who don’t know, a keg stand involves hoisting someone in the air — in this case a purple-Polo-wearing LSU fan — and putting the running spigot from a beer keg directly in his mouth.
The idea is for the person to drink as much beer as possible, while being essentially upside down. It’s a common practice on college campuses, especially at house parties and tailgates.
Admittedly, politics in Louisiana is often an animal of a different color. But to have a sitting U.S. senator shown helping some guy guzzle suds in an obvious attempt to get plastered is a campaign tactic of a very different color.
The Times-Picayune article notes that Landrieu did draw the line at doing her own upside-down beer-guzzling:
Landrieu was apparently encouraged — but declined — to do her own keg stand, according to Tim Murphy, a Mother Jones reporter that was tailing her as she walked around LSU’s campus before the football game started.
“‘My first keg stand,” Landrieu says, as we walk away. ‘He wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not — at least not in front of the national press.’ What if it would’ve won her some votes? ‘That’s alright — I’m not that desperate,'” wrote Murphy of an exchange with Landrieu.
Bright side: Mary Landrieu will have plenty of time after losing her seat to help students binge drink. pic.twitter.com/GboFOuLLsU
— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) September 21, 2014
Landrieu, a three-term Democrat, is engaged in a tough reelection campaign against U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. She has faced harsh criticism recently because of her disputed residency status as well as over campaign trips paid for out of her official Senate account.
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The outcome of the Landrieu-Cassidy election could help determine whether Republicans gain control of the Senate and remove Obama’s right-hand man, Harry Reid, from the leadership position.
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