'Hat tip to Never. This is a very good article on Landrieu. A conservative Nationl Review writer discusses his relationship with her over the years. 'Very good read.
The question is, what does Landrieu actually do in office that keeps earning her votes in an increasingly Republican state? It’s not her office’s constituent services, which (by reputation) aren’t as responsive as those of Louisiana’s GOP senator, David Vitter. And it’s no longer anything identifiable as Southern charm: Her 35-year history of rough political scrapes has long since erased any chance of her projecting the aura of profound graciousness that was the hallmark, for example, of New Orleans’ former congresswoman Lindy Boggs.
Instead, it is sheer doggedness that endears her to constituents. “Our Mary” is a fighter for Louisiana, say a number of them. She’s adept at leaving her ideology outside the Bayou State’s borders, so when an issue directly and specially involves Louisiana — energy, pork, some regulatory matters — she’s seen as utterly non-ideological, utterly relentless, and sometimes quite effective.
There was also this interesting gem:
It also helps her that a conservative spoiler, Rob Maness, could push the Landrieu-Cassidy race to a December runoff that, for complicated reasons, smart Louisiana conservatives think she has a better chance of winning than she would a straight match-up with Cassidy in November.