Wed, 07 Jun 2006 19:14:47

There was an item the other day at Bayou that caught my eye: John (The Greek-American Prince) Georges of New Orleans is considering running for Governor next year. Georges is a well connected and influential Repub insider who is willing to spend up to $10 million of his own lucre on the race. At first it seemed Quixotic to me: we’re all assuming that Congressman Bobby (PBJ) Jindal is preparing for a grudge rematch with Gov Meemaw next year.

I asked around and wasn’t able to come up with anything solid but I have a theory which could be called <drum roll> the Son Of The Oyster-Adrastos Theory. John Georges is a businessman who is unlikely to run for Governor out of a spirit of altruism or without support from his fellow Repubs. He also has ties to Earl Turd Blossom of Rove who is in charge of scheming lying smearing and double dealing at the White House.  But y’all already knew that…

I spoke to Deep Blog and while he/she/it didn’t have any solid info  Deep Blog always has a theory. And it’s always devious: Deep Blog is the only humanoid I know who is more devious when it comes to politics than I am. <choking up with emotion>

Anyway here’s what Deep Blog and I came up with. We think that the Georges thing smells like Rove at work. It’s possible that the White House is encouraging PBJ to step aside and run for the Senate against Mary Landrieu in 2008. It’s only a theory folks but it could explain why a Repub insider like Georges is running for an office that a better known Repub seems to have the inside track on.

If this is true: will Piyush go along with the plot?  I have my doubts. PBJ is out for himself; it’s hard to see him putting his ambition on hold out of party loyalty. Piyush is a hustler and hustlers always ask themselves: what’s in it for me? I’m also unsure as whether or not Louisiana Repubs would go along with such a scheme: PBJ has an excellent chance of beating Meemaw and John Georges is an unknown quantity as a candidate. He’s also unknown to the electorate at large.

Deep Blog and I *don’t* agree about who is more vulnerable: Meemaw or Mary Landrieu. I think that Meemaw is on the ropes and is a long shot to win re-election. Deep Blog thinks that as Governor Meemaw has goodies to dispense and may be able to pork barrel her way to victory. As to Mary’s chances she always has a dog fight on her hands but I think she’ll win another close race. Deep Blog however  thinks that the Repubs are going to put Mary on the social issues rack and tighten the screws mercilessly as a way to defeat her. We shall see…

In the end I’m not sure if *either* of us is right. We both thought Mitch would get 52% of the vote in the late election after all. But it’s always fun to speculate and gossip and nobody does it better than Deep Blog and me. Holy crap now I’m channeling Carly Simon…


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