H. G. Wells wrote the science fiction thriller, The Invisible Man, a novel that might aptly describe the newly elected Senator of District 16, Dan Claitor.
In our lifetime, we may never witness a newly elected Senator who is as barely mentioned in a barage of news articles and blogs by political pundits as Dan Claitor. Is this the same group that convinced the voters Claitor was the ‘best candidate’?
I suppose it would be funny if it weren’t such a sad commentary of what really happened in the District 16 race. A pitiful legacy at best, for a district that was previously held in high esteem by the election of former Senators Bill Cassidy and Jay Dardenne.
It does beg the question, and the answer is simple.
Claitor was not really the choice candidate. With all due respect, I am sure Claitor thought he won of his own accord – because he had some brilliant plan for District 16. So brilliant that no one is mentioning it whatsoever!
Instead, Claitor is learning what Louisiana politics is all about – much ado about nothing more than a group of egotistical political operatives that wanted him anyone to help them control the voters. And that they did!
Don’t believe me? Irrespective of Claitor, there is a growing list of articles and blogs about everyone but the new Senator. Less than 3 days after the election, NOT ONE ARTICLE even mentions Claitor being the best candidate or anything he plans to do on behalf of the voters who were led to the voting booth like sheep to a slaughter.
Instead, the pundits have tipped their hands as the voting booths are being audited, proving they had their own agenda. What does this equate to for Louisiana? Politics as usual, according the message being resounded across our good state and in the Red Stick:
- The Advocate has authored 3 articles since Saturday with absolutely NO mention of Claitor’s plans as a new Senator.
- The Times Picayune’s article also fails to mention any thrust that Claitor might have as Senator and embarrassingly mentions his name only 5 times in an article where Governor Jindal’s name is listed 11 times and Lee Domingue is mentioned 12 times. (Both men are given twice the recognition as Claitor.) Rolfe McCollister, publisher of the BR Business Report, got the same billing as Claitor with 5 name mentions.
- Freelance writer, Jeremy Alford, wrote an article picked up by the Daily Report in which the only mention of Claitor’s future as a Senator is that he best ‘hit the ground running’.
- Columnist Stephen Sabludowsky wrote an article on the Senate District 16 race and does not even mention Dan Claitor’s name, making him truly invisible as a new Senator.
- Clancy DuBos, political analyst and editor of The Gambit, talks more about bloggers, McCollister, Jindal and Domingue than Claitor, and once again, makes no mention of anything that the Senator will do once he is sworn in to the Louisiana Legislature.
- The Daily Advertiser also wrote more about every other player in the Senate District 16 race than about Dan Claitor. No mention there about what Claitor plans to do once in office.
The Invisible Man’s legacy has begun, and his name is . . . uh, I already forgot!
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican