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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Elbert Guillory's got a lovely bunch of coconuts

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
  • Former state Sen. Elbert Guillory: "These — are coconuts."
In a state full of colorful politicians, if you want attention, you've got to stand out from the pack — and former state Sen. Elbert Guillory, who's now running for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress, is one of Louisiana's most reliably colorful candidates.

Last year, he recorded a video in which he used the n-word multiple times in order to "start a dialogue on race" in America (Guillory himself is black). The year before, he appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to defend the sport of "chicken boxing," which he said definitely was not cockfighting: "I'm not a fan of cockfighting, but I love to go and watch some chicken boxing." In 2013, while defending the Louisiana Science Education Act (which opens the door for teaching creationism in public schools), Guillory captured wide attention for mentioning his positive experience with what sounded like a witch doctor:
If I closed my mind when I saw this man in the dust throwing some bones on the ground, semi-clothed, if I had closed him off and just said, ‘That’s not science, I am not going to see this doctor,’ I would have shut off a very good experience for myself. 
Now Guillory is back with a new video, titled "Coconuts" — and if that allusion escapes you, Elbert Guillory will spell it out, complete with a pair of low-hanging, uh, coconuts as illustration:
These — are coconuts. In Louisiana, when someone has courage, and fortitude, and the ability to stand up when others stand back, we say that she, or he, has coconuts.
It's a metaphor, you see, for a perceived lack of testicular fortitude in our nation's capitol, and ... oh, hell, It's probably best if you just watch the whole thing.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

James Carville discusses Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM

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New Orleans-based political analyst James Carville appeared on last night's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss the presidential election. Wearing a gold fleur-de-lis pin on his lapel, Carville addressed Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican race, and the feeling among some that Trump is a juggernaut. "I think there's a sense he's getting away with this," Carville told Noah. "I don't think he is, and I don't think he will." 

Noah was more skeptical. "I don't share your optimism," he told Carville. 

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Friday, May 20, 2016

'Showing their butts': State Rep. Kenny Havard would make a great running mate for Donald Trump

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson. - TRUMP: CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, and Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson.
Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times' exposé of his history of objectifying women. It’s time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate. That would surely cement his victory, the polls notwithstanding.

I’d like to suggest Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, for that role.

Havard clearly possesses the most important quality that Trump could want in a running mate: He doesn’t give a damn whom he offends.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Jindal evolves on Trump: From "narcissist and egomaniac" to "I would vote for him"

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM

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Former Gov. (and former presidential candidate) Bobby Jindal once was one of Donald Trump's fiercest foes in the presidential race — but that was then and this is now, when it appears Trump is likely to become the GOP nominee.

Gone from his website is Jindal's much-touted September 2015 speech slamming Trump:

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... and in is a more pragmatic Jindal.

"If it comes down to a binary choice between Donald Trump, I'm supporting the party's nominee," he told CNN today (as reported by Politico). "I'm not happy about it. I don't think he's the best qualified, I don't think he's the one most likely to be successful, but I would vote for him over Hillary Clinton."

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Carville, Matalin entertain Loyola audience with thoughts on 2016 politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 10:13 PM

Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos and pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville held a discussion about the 2016 presidential election tonight at the Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University's Institute of Politics.
  • Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos and pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville held a discussion about the 2016 presidential election tonight at the Ed Renwick Lecture Series at Loyola University's Institute of Politics.

Professional pundits and famously politically divided married couple James Carville and Mary Matalin were the speakers at the seventh annual Ed Renwick Lecture Series tonight at Loyola University. The annual event, put on by Loyola's Institute of Politics, was moderated by Gambit chairman and political editor Clancy DuBos.

The major topic was the 2016 presidential election — a particularly potent topic on a day when GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said "there has to be some form of punishment" for women who have abortions should the U.S. ever outlaw the practice. (Trump's campaign walked back the statement hours later.)  Neither Matalin or Carville addressed that particular Trump sound bite, but both had plenty to say about Trump — and, in Matalin's case, Trump's famous hairdo.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The national press performs its autopsy on Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Bobby, we barely knew ye ... but you've got a friend at the National Review, who thought you were the best candidate in the field ...

‘A CAREENING PANDER-FEST’
The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza comes to praise Jindal, saying that when he first spoke with gubernatorial candidate Jindal 12 years ago, “he was one of the most impressive candidates for any office that I had ever met.” Cilizza also calls him “a guy with real policy chops and, unlike many policy-oriented elected officials, a nuanced understanding of politics” — and then Cilizza buries him: “The presidential campaign Jindal actually ran, which ended Tuesday, was the opposite of the one I — and lots and lots of other political types — thought he would: It was a careening pander-fest in which Jindal chased news cycles relentlessly by seemingly trying to make the most outlandish and over-the-top statement possible to stand out.” ...

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jindal goes after "narcissist" Trump with Anchorman burn

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.


In July, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — languishing in the presidential sweepstakes — took on frontrunner Donald Trump in the days before the first scheduled GOP candidate debate:

"My fellow Republicans, beware of false prophets. Do not let itching ears be tickled by messengers who appeal to anger, division and resentment," the former Texas governor said.

It did little for his campaign; Perry has stopped paying some staff and is dogged by the prospect of being the first major candidate to fold. Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose poll numbers are only slightly better than Perry's in most polls, teed off on The Donald this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

The Jindal campaign had made much of the fact that the candidate was going to take a sock at Trump, sending out alerts, an advance copy of Jindal's remarks and telling reporters Jindal was going to "brawl" with Trump. Among the highlights of the speech:

Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. That may sound like a serious charge to make, but it is also something that everyone knows to be true, and he knows it too, and he celebrates it. He told us the other day that he’s likes Kanye West, why? “Because Kanye loves Trump.” He may be an entertaining narcissist, but he is one nonetheless. ...

You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book, he couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why, because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it. ...

Summer is over, it’s time to get serious about saving our country. It’s time to send Donald Trump back to reality TV – it’s time to tell Donald Trump – it’s been great, you’ve been great for ratings, you are almost as fun as Don Rickles, the show has been a blast.


Trump hasn't responded to this specific attack yet (though he called Jindal "stupid" in 2013, back when Jindal was urging Republicans not to be "the stupid party"). 

Jindal has little to lose; in a CNN/ORC poll released this morning, Trump had surged to 32 percent support, while Jindal was stuck at 1 percent. The poll has a 3 percent margin of error.

The governor also took another pop culture swing at Trump, releasing a short online commercial highlighting the number of times Trump refers to himself. Set to the Beatles' "All You Need is Love," it concludes with a clip from the movie Anchorman, in which clueless weatherman Brick Tamland declares, "I like lamp."

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bernie Sanders to be guest at Louisiana Democratic Party annual dinner

Posted By on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make a stop in New Orleans July 25. - CREATIVE COMMONS/AFGE
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  • Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will make a stop in New Orleans July 25.


Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be a guest at the 2015 Louisiana Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Orleans July 25. 

Sanders has proven a draw on the campaign trail and has begun to crack the 20 percent mark in some recent polls — still far behind frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but Sanders has excited some of the Democratic base in a way that Clinton hasn't, with as many as 10,000 people showing up for his rallies. Sanders has been outspoken about what he calls "the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality" in America; called for free tuition at four-year public colleges and universities; and advocated for Wall Street reform. (The Vermont newspaper Seven Days has kept up with all things Bernie for years in an ongoing feature called "Bernie Beat.")

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is set to deliver the dinner's keynote speech, and former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will be honored that night as well. Dinner tickets are $175 per person — and if that's too rich for your blood, there's always the roast of Gov. Bobby Jindal at AllWays Lounge the same night. That one's free, hosted by a crawfish and there will be ice cream.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Bobby Jindal on SCOTUS ruling: "Words have no meaning ... the Constitution is irrelevant"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 4:08 PM

Attendees at a same-sex marriage rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in March. After today's 5-4 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted the court, saying, ""If I were a cynic, I’d tell the Supreme Court to stand for election, since they have now taken to making law rather than interpreting it. Or, we could simply eliminate the Court altogether, and just make all decisions with an online opinion poll." - CREATIVE COMMONS/ELVERT BARNES
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  • Attendees at a same-sex marriage rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in March. After today's 5-4 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted the court, saying, ""If I were a cynic, I’d tell the Supreme Court to stand for election, since they have now taken to making law rather than interpreting it. Or, we could simply eliminate the Court altogether, and just make all decisions with an online opinion poll."


Gov. Bobby Jindal — currently on the presidential campaign trail in Iowa — sent out an email this morning decrying the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: "The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls. It tramples on rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution," Jindal wrote, adding, "Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that."  He concluded with a request for donations.

Later in the day, Jindal gave full voice to his objections in a POLITICO article in which he declared:

If you’re keeping score at home, here’s where we stand:
· Words have no meaning;
· The Constitution is irrelevant;
· The First Amendment is under assault; and
· The Tenth Amendment is a relic to be ignored.

Jindal also suggested, sarcastically, "If I were a cynic, I’d tell the Supreme Court to stand for election, since they have now taken to making law rather than interpreting it. Or, we could simply eliminate the Court altogether, and just make all decisions with an online opinion poll. That would be cheaper for taxpayers." 

Meanwhile, the Forum for Equality Louisiana, which is planning a 6:30 p.m. rally tonight in Jackson Square, issued a statement from chair Chris Otten:

“We are very disappointed to announce that as of right now, we are unaware of any Clerks of Court issuing marriage licenses. The Attorney General and the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association have both advised that they do not believe the Supreme Court ruling yet applies to the State of Louisiana as a technical matter. We believe that this advice ignores the clear command of the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is further evidence of the discrimination and continued harm we have fought for more than twenty-six years to correct,” said Chris Otten, chair of the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the organization that filed Louisiana’s same-sex marriage case.

“We are currently exploring all options with our legal team, and we will update you as soon as we have more information. The great news: the question is no longer if Louisiana will get marriage equality; the question is now WHEN. And we will not stop fighting until all sixty-four parishes obtain real equality under the law, as promised by the Supreme Court’s decision today.”

“We hope Gov. Jindal does not continue to be a roadblock on the road to equality that 37 states have already traveled. Louisiana’s same-sex couples have waited long enough, often at considerable expense to protect their relationships and families."

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