Thu, 26 Jan 2006 06:07:18

An interesting Louisiana related piece of political gossip from Josh Marshall:

Hmmm. Can’t say that’s an angle that would have occurred to me. This off New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams’ column today “Jack Abramoff’s partner Mike Scanlon admitted to digging up former Congressman Robert Livingston’s private life. Set to become speaker Livingston then got sidelined for Tom DeLay’s man Denis Hastert. Prosecutors now checking if Abramoff and Scanlon took Livingston down at DeLay’s behest.”

For now I’ll stick with ‘hmmm’. But I’m eager to hear more. “

Adrastos sez: Hmm indeed. Bob Livingston used to be the Repub Congressman from Metairie. He ran as the sole Repub in the 1987 Governor’s race and finished a dismal third. The campaign was so lame that Le Guv (aka Edwin Edwards) called Bobo the dumbest son-of-a-bitch in Louisiana politics. That summed Livingston up rather nicely but he was a useful idiot who rose through the ranks of House Repubs becoming Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Livingston for a brief moment was on the verge of becoming Speaker after Newt Gingrich was squeezed out because of his arrogance incompetence and inability to keep either his lip or fly zipped. Livingston’s own zipper problems were leaked to the uncharming Larry Flynt of Hustler magazine repute which led to Livinsgton’s resigning from Congress. He was succeeded in the House by current Louisiana Senator D Vingnut. Thanks Larry. Grrr…

One thing that has struck me during the post-Katrina political crisis is how much political clout Louisiana once had in Congress and how little it was used to deal with our *real* problems: poverty education health care and above all else proper levees and coastal erosion. We had big-time clout over the years: from Hale Boggs to Russell Long to Allan Ellender to Bennett Johnston to Edward Hebert to Bob Livingston to Billy Tauzin to John Breaux. They were all too busy pandering to special interests and delivering a steady diet of highway pork and failed to address our achilles heel: flood control. What a waste of power and influence.

Back to the potential Abramoff/Scanlon takedown of Bobo Livingston. It would be a real bombshell if they went after Bobo at the Bug Man’s behest. It’s my understanding that Abramoff and Scanlon are ratting out everyone they can to save their own scurvy butts. 2006 should be a very interesting year in politics; especially if the Bug Man gets sprayed by his bag man and his bag man’s bag man. (No bag man not bagette or bagel. I’m talking about the green kind of bread not bread dough. Dough? It’s all very confusing. Let’s call the whole thing off. ) If the Bug Man gets squashed the same guys who are now pretending NOT to know Jack Abramoff will be pretending NOT to know Tom DeLay. That’s gonna be a tough sell even for Repub spin/smear masters Ken Mehlman and Turd Blossom Rove.


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