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September 23, 2014
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Laugh or Cry: Sen. Mary Landrieu helps out boozers at tailgate

A keg stand for a vote?

Should I laugh or should I cry? It’s not just the title of a 1981 song by ABBA – it’s how you sometimes feel when something is either so absurd or so maddening or so something that you’re just not sure how to react. We here at DecodeDC think politics and the actions of those who play in the political arena are filled with laugh or cry moments. We hope you do to. 

There comes a time in every politician’s campaign where they have to ask themselves, how far will I go? For struggling Louisiana incumbent Mary Landrieu—it seems the answer is all the way to a keg stand.

Last Saturday, Senator Landrieu, a Democrat who has narrowly been elected three times and is yet again in a tight race, lent a helping hand to one of her constituents in need at a family friendly event. It was really the polite, political thing to do!

It doesn’t really matter that this family friendly event  was a Louisiana State University football game tailgate or that her helping hand held a beer keg nozzle to an upside-down 20-something male’s mouth. In such a highly polarized and competitive political landscape, you can’t pick your voter bonding opportunities can you?

Landrieu, who is facing a tight race against Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy, has six weeks left until election day and seems to be seizing all the face time she can get with voters. She stopped short of participating in the keg stand herself though, telling Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy:

“My first keg stand. He wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not — at least not in front of the national press.” Asked if it would have won her some votes, Landrieu said,  “That’s all right—I’m not that desperate.”

So we ask you:

Does Senator Landrieu’s keg stand kerfufle make you want to laugh or cry?
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