LOUISIANA BIG LOSER IN IOWA CAUCUS!
The biggest loser in the recent Iowa presidential caucuses
was not Donald Trump or any of the other candidates who did not meet
expectations in garnering voters.
the title for the real loser was, hands down, the state of Louisiana.
Because of both selfishness and a lack of any
creative thinking, state officials in the Bayou State passed on the chance of
receiving worldwide publicity and having hundreds of millions of dollars poured
into the state’s economy.
Louisiana blew the chance of being the first presidential primary state and
reaping all the benefits.
Iowa scored the presidential Super Bowl by being the first
state out of the box. The Washington Post reported that “Iowa matters.
It is the first test, coming after almost a
full year of campaigning, polling, punditry and the like.”
And with all the campaigning, Iowa was the
center of political attention for the past six months.
Who’s leading in Iowa?
What do Iowans think about the country’s
What’s the make up of
There was media coverage ad
infinitum about a small Midwestern state best known to most of us for growing
Right now, Louisiana’s presidential primary is set for March 8th, a week after
Super Tuesday when the nominees could well be decided. But what an opportunity missed. Louisiana
could have held the nation’s first presidential primary at the same time as the
recent gubernatorial election. No other state holds an election so close to the
presidential primary season. So the Bayou State could have garnered all this same
national attention and financial benefits, and for no additional cost since state
elections were already taking place.
imagine the national media coverage and the excitement of Donald Trump dropping
in a Hammond’s Hi-Ho barbeque restaurant to meet with the locals. Or how about Hillary Clinton venturing up to
Rapides Parish for a ham sandwich at Lea’s Lunchroom in LaCount? (She probably
ought to pass on the famous coconut or chocolate pies.) Senator Ted Cruz is from Texas, and would no
doubt be partial to Cou-yon’s Barbecue in Port Allen. A stop in Crowley for Marco Rubio would
require a visit with B.I. Moody as he holds court each Saturday morning with
the regulars at the Rice Palace Café.
any of the other candidates feel the necessity to actually go to Iowa, well no
big deal. They will be heartily welcomed
in Iowa, Louisiana, by Mayor Carol
Ponthieux. (Pronounced “poncho” for all
you Yankees and Rednecks.) The Mayor,
who puts her home phone number on the town website, will treat any of the
presidential candidates to coffee and beignets at Lil Red’s.
Just how much did Louisiana lose by failing to hold
the first in the nation presidential primary?
The candidates campaigning in the state of Iowa spend over $100
million. Media outlets, consultants and
campaign volunteers ran up a similar amount over the past year. Economists
often quote the “economic turnover effect” of dollars spent in a local or state
economy as anywhere from six to seven times.
So $200 million dropped into the Louisiana economy that turns over a
number of times is certainly no small change.
wasn’t there an effort made to hold a presidential primary at the same time as
the gubernatorial election in Louisiana this past November? Governor Bobby Jindal quickly scuttled any
initial interest in such a novel idea because of his delusional campaign for
president. His own campaign was sinking
fast, and he did not want to be embarrassed by a certain poor showing in his
home state. And legislators at the time
didn’t have the gumption to take on the good fight for a cause that would have
brought bountiful publicity and huge financial rewards.
will be merely a footnote when the campaign comes to an end. Once again, a lack of vision and commitment
will cause the Bayou State to be irrelevant in deciding who will lead the
country. But, at least, you can go to
Iowa. That is, Iowa, Louisiana. It’s one of the last stops traveling I-10 on
your way to Texas. But don’t expect to see anyone there campaigning for president.
perhaps a sign of how dire the situation is in Louisiana that Jindal’s budget
was missing $3.5 million for presidential primaries, and nobody raised a fuss.
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