‘Stormy’ drafting adds to Louisiana’s political lore
If you thought the notion of adult film star Stormy Daniels vying for the U.S. Senate seat of incumbent junior Sen. David Vitter was a flash in the pan, think again.
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed 30-year-old Baton Rouge native has returned to the fray, this time hosting a “listening tour” that included stops at a popular downtown Baton Rouge bar and a New Orleans po-boy shop this week.
The “Draft Stormy” campaign started without Daniels’ knowledge by a New Orleans college student. At first annoyed by the use of her name, she eventually warmed up to the idea of taking the political establishment by storm.
OK, I must admit, it has been tempting to utilize the play on words a name like Stormy lends itself to. It’s been even tougher to avoid using double entendres when taking up such a touchy subject. Oops, did it again.
After all the whole thing is a thinly-veiled joke that many seem keen on seeing through to next year’s election.
Oh, what a laughingstock Louisiana will be, right? Nah, it’s just good old-fashioned “Loosyana” politics, as some call it, and it’s just about par for the course.
To borrow a line from another Louisiana native, pop star Britney Spears, it’s “just like a circus.”
After all, this is the state that led the nation in federal corruption convictions over a nine year period, according to statistics compiled by the Corporate Crime Reporter. Turning over tax dollars to such wolves in sheep clothing is like giving the keys to the liquor cabinet to a bunch of LSU frat boys.
We must enjoy this stuff, or else we wouldn’t stand for it. C’est la vie, right?
Former governor Earl Long once infamously said that Louisiana voters “don’t want good government, they want good entertainment.” I have to admit that following Pelican State politics is much more interesting than anything on primetime television.
Of course Long was immortalized in the 1989 film “Blaze,” which starred Paul Newman as the flamboyant governor who allegedly had an affair with stripper Blaze Starr.
Hollywood can’t compete with Louisiana’s version of “The Jeffersons.” Not only was U.S. Rep. William Jefferson indicted on corruption charges of his own, but so were his brother, sister and niece on charges of skimming money from nonprofit groups they controlled.
Then again no discussion of Louisiana’s political corruption history can omit the infamous 1991 governor’s race, which pitted former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke against the colorful Cajun Edwin Edwards, who was no stranger to accusations of corruption.
Louisiana voters had to bite the bullet and “vote for the crook,” as was the popular saying at the time. Edwards ended up serving four terms as governor. Now in his 80s, he remains in prison after he was convicted on several charges in 2001.
So is it really all that shocking that a retiring adult entertainer is contemplating taking on a family-values conservative who admitted to an affair with a prostitute?
The more things change, the more they stay the same.