In the movie, A Few Good Men, we become intimate with the phrase “Code Red”, identified as an unofficial political strategy. It’s an order given ‘behind the scenes’ that demands a secret that no one is to utter in public.
Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicholson, is confronted in court by a novice who pushes him to the brink until he finally admits he gave the unofficial order when he screams out his confession in the courtroom. It’s a breaktaking moment.
Segue to the Senate District 16 race. Two good men formerly served in this senate seat, Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, and Congressman Bill Cassidy. Both men were hit hard, and understand what it is like to have a “Code Red” ordered against them.
Dardenne fought a hard race against former chairman of the Louisiana GOP, Mike Francis, and Cassidy battled a horrific campaign against former representative William Daniel. The gloves came off, and a network of political operatives labored to discredit these two good men. Dardenne and Cassidy fought back, stood strong for what they believe, and were victorious in the end.
History may be repeating itself in District 16 for Lee Domingue. Willing, and even unknowing political operatives, have joined the forces of ‘Colonel Jessup’ to pull off another “Code Red“. They have even won over a not-so-astute reporter at The Advocate as one of their pawns.
This time the net has been cast further showing The Advocate’s fear of their rival publication, the BR Business Report, and its publisher, as well as the Governor, and Domingue’s campaign staff and finance chair.
“Code Red” calls for silence among peers. Coffee shops and calls burning up the cellular towers are the only witnesses to the plan of action. The order is subtle, but the attack is very public.
When the order is given, they have the false belief that the order will not be figured out easily. Ego does strange things to men who erroneously believe they are in control. They grossly underestimate the electorate by assuming they are ignorant.
For far too long, the voters have become disillusioned with “Code Red” tactics in Louisiana politics. That is why Bobby Jindal became our governor. The days of secret meetings and plots to take down candidates died with the conviction of former Governor Edwin Edwards.
Who are the Colonel Jessup’s that ordered this “Code Red”on Domingue? Think about that for a moment.
I spoke with a political consultant that told me, “we lead the sheep to the voting booth and tell them what to do – and they follow our orders”. The misconception of control does strange things to men.
Interesting theory he had, but that dog won’t hunt anymore. We live in the information age. Voters are more savvy than at any time in the history of the United States. They no longer just listen to the negative spin, evidenced by our last gubernatorial election. The voters want someone who gives hope, because it is the anchor of our soul.
If the conspirators of Domingue’s “Code Red” were paraded as witnesses for the prosecution, I can only imagine the veil of secrecy that would inhabit the jury box. That is, until someone was pushed beyond their brink, like Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, when he shouted out . . .
“You *&^%$#@ right, I gave the (Code Red) order!”
Can you handle the truth? I believe you can. Don’t let a “Code Red” order sway your vote. Do you really want a trial lawyer – a personal injury attorney to lead District 16?
Or, do you want someone that sees a brighter future for Louisiana, and speaks to us about hope, promise, and better days ahead – someone who understands what it is like to be knocked down and still stand up for what they believe.
We should all take note when a “Code Red” is ordered, whether it be against Dardenne, Cassidy, or Domingue. As the Bible states, “Choose this day whom you will serve.”
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican