Apparently, that is the case. Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who once threatened to punch President Bush, literally; is up for reelection this year and thanks to support from the GOP, will likely hold the seat:
After barely winning her initial Senate race in 1996 and surviving a serious challenge in 2002, Republican strategists targeted U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu as the most vulnerable Senate Democrat in this fall’s election. Unfortunately for Republicans defeating Landrieu will not be an easy task. Just look at what she has done in recent weeks in lining up endorsements from a most unusual group, Northshore Republicans.
Several months ago, GOP St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis surprised many political observers by endorsing Landrieu. Davis cited his close working relationship with Landrieu after Katrina. Landrieu’s efforts to assist the recovery after Katrina were also highlighted by a number of other Northshore Republican leaders who endorsed Landrieu last week. Joining Davis in crossing the party aisle were Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster, Covington Mayor Candace Watkins, and St. Tammany Parish Assessor Patricia Schwartz Core.
Even with this strange set of circumstances, it is not a slam dunk for Landrieu:
Despite her advantages, Landrieu does face some serious challenges which may make her vulnerable in the fall election. Most significantly, Louisiana has experienced an outward migration of approximately 250,000 people due to the hurricanes and the majority of the displaced voters were registered Democrats and likely Landrieu supporters. In 1996 and 2002, Landrieu had very slim margins of victory. To win this fall, she will have to convince some people who voted against her previously to cast a ballot for her this time.
Opposing Landrieu will be State Treasurer John Kennedy, a newly registered Republican, who has done a remarkable job of galvanizing GOP support. Kennedy has been very persistent in courting the GOP establishment both in Louisiana and in Washington D.C. At present he is the only Republican in the race, although Secretary of State Jay Dardenne has not ruled out the possibility of challenging Kennedy in the GOP primary. Dardenne could also count on significant party support if he entered the race.
This is very odd to say the least, of course, it is not that uncommon for someone from one party to jump over to the other side during a contest, but this many? The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath certainly made for some strange alliances that carried these many years later.-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx