Two weeks ago, the Louisiana GOP was quick to pounce on Democrat Caroline Fayard's "I hate Republicans" remark with a run of cheeky bumper stickers reading "CAROLINE FAYARD HATES ME." Last week, the state's Democratic Party hit back with its own stickers. The message? "ANYBODY BUT BOBBY."
Democratic Party chairman Buddy Leach sent out a fundraising email offering the free stickers. "There's been a lot of talk about who is going to run against Bobby Jindal this fall," he wrote. "Names have been tossed around and so has talk of fundraising, polling and campaign consultants. I want to tell you two things I know to be true: We will have strong Democrats running up and down the ticket this year and just about anybody would be better than Bobby Jindal."
Despite his promise of a top-to-bottom Democratic ticket, Leach did not proffer any names of even potential Democratic candidates.
Leach's message then got a bit convoluted. "Now, bumper sticker slogans are no way to govern and they don't give you a lot of room to express complicated ideas. We don't really think just anybody would be better than Bobby Jindal," he wrote, underlining the last sentence for emphasis, before repeating the offer for a free "ANYBODY BUT BOBBY" sticker and asking for a $20 contribution.
"Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but this move reeks of desperation," Aaron Baer, communications director for the state's Republican Party, told Gambit. He added, "The Democrats simply don't have 'anybody' that can pose a credible challenge. Perhaps they should spend less time printing bumper stickers and focus on finding 'anybody' to run a serious campaign for any statewide office this year." — Kevin Allman