Mary Landrieu Wrestles An (Obamacare) Alligator

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is facing a tough re-election bid.Enlarge image i

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is facing a tough re-election bid.


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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is facing a tough re-election bid.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is facing a tough re-election bid.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

In any conversation about vulnerable Senate Democrats, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana rises straight to the top of the list.

It’s bad enough for the three-term senator that she must run for re-election next year in a state as red as a boiled crawdad, where President Obama got just 40.6 percent of the vote — and the best she’s been able to do is 52 percent.

Her support for the Affordable Care Act has only made matters worse. The HealthCare.gov snafu and insurance policy cancellations have contributed to a drop in her poll numbers and given Republicans plenty of fodder.

The law’s troubles even prompted an anti-Landrieu National Republican Senatorial Committee ad inspired by the famous 1984 Ronald Reagan bear-in-the-woods-equals-Soviet Union ad. The NRSC ad has a Louisiana swamp twist: a scary alligator paddling through dark water equals Obamacare.

How does Landrieu wrestle that particular reptile? Partly with her own ad in which she seems to take outsize credit for Obama’s belated decision to let people

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/12/11/250305576/mary-landrieu-wrestles-an-obamacare-alligator?ft=1&f=131849999

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