Government & Politics

Looking for Democrats on the gridiron sidelines

This election weekend was full of historic landslides. Gov. Bobby Jindal coasted to another term with over two-thirds of the vote. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand received a jaw-dropping 90 percent mandate.

Most impressively, though, the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints dominated Auburn and Indianapolis by a combined score of 107 to 17. The gridiron thrashings were so brutal, so complete, I had to make sure that the Louisiana Democratic Party wasn’t somehow coaching the visiting teams.


Of course, if the Dems actually were coaching, neither team would have shown up to play.

Double zing!

Since it never rains in Tiger stadium, the weather was predictably perfect on Saturday. Prior to the game, Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley (unfortunate surname, there) said LSU was “probably” the best defense he’d ever faced. “Probably,” he allowed! Perhaps, at some point between the sacks and interceptions, Moseley achieved finer certainty on that point.

The Saints were even more dominant, and ran over the Colts like a finely tuned German automobile. They did it again and again, scoring at will, until they were finally stopped and had to punt – with three minutes left in the game.

There’s no doubt about it, this is a high point for the Tigers, the Saints, and the state Republican Party. The only question for each is this: to what extent can they stretch the current apex into a long-term plateau?


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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.

  • Eli Ackerman

    Who is John LaBruzzo in this metaphor? Reggie Bush?

  • Mark Moseley

    LaBruzzo’s the hot dog Coach Payton was eating.

  • whitmergate

    Please accept my apologies for posting an abbreviated statistical analysis of the real numbers of the election as it concerns ‘Jingle Jangle’ Jindal’s presumed “mandate” …

    I know it’s boring and does not dove-tail into such leader lines as ‘overwhelming victory’ or ‘landslide victory’ … however the fact is that this joker of a human being, BOOBY Jindal only received 24% of the total qualified voters in Louisiana … that… a mandate does not make !!!

    Here are the hard numbers:

    Total qualified voters ………….. 2,847,566

    36% voter turnout ………………. 1,025,123

    66% of 36% voted for Jindal ….. 676,581

    676,581 divided by 2,847,566 = 24% of all qualified voters

    What does this really mean ? For whatever reasons of their own, SEVENTY-SIX PER CENT (76%) OF THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF LOUISIANA DID NOT VOTE FOR THIS JOKER … ‘JINGLE JANGLE’ JINDAL … that my friend, is a MANDATE !!!

  • Taiji


    while I understand what and why you are saying I have to disagree. You cant use the total sum of eligable voters as your baseline because 64% of them couldnt be bothered to do their duty, their responsibility to help run our governing system. Jindal did appear to win convincingly when looking at those who care, those who matter, those who voted. It has long been held that those who dont vote dont get to complain. Doom on the 64%.