Good for Her
In the last few hours, Gov. Blanco finally injected some sanity into the issue of Mayor Nagin's foolish casino gambit. Before I comment on the Governor's actions, I must confess a few things.
I was not a supporter of Gov. Blanco's, choosing to support Rep. Bobby Jindal, instead. In my honest opinion, Lt. Gov. Blanco did not show a sufficient grasp of the issues to become Gov. Blanco at a time when I believed, and still do believe, Louisiana faced either a precipice of it's own making or would turn the corner for the better.
I especially didn't appreciate her last-minute campaign ad featuring a "Republican" doctor who blamed Mr. Jindal for cutting hospital budgets. She knew better and chose to produce a disingenuous attack to secure a tight victory; Mr. Jindal should be rightly faulted for not responding, however the issue is mostly moot.
With that said, Gov. Blanco did something today for which I feel compelled to compliment her. By standing in the way of Mayor Nagin's foolhardy gamble (sorry, if that was a bit on-the-nose), Gov. Blanco has accomplished two very important things. One, she acted like a leader who may possess a clear vision of what a revitalized New Orleans can mean to the region and the state, and not one opting for a quickie fix for our economic woes.
Two, Gov. Blanco finally showed the intestinal fortitude to do something to C. Ray Nagin that she sorely needed to do: break one off in his nether regions (this is an adult forum, but I nonetheless apologize for the graphic nature of that comment). I once supported Mayor Nagin and never supported Gov. Blanco, but notwithstanding that, I can appreciate how delicious this particular payback may have been. Good for her, she shouldn't be taking some much crap from someone so insignificant.
Finally, this may prove to have one more added benefit. Mayor Nagin may now be effectively alientated from almost all of his possible support. Other than those who've a lot invested in his reelection and the terminally ignorant, very few are left to support Hizzoner.
Can't wait for February.