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|Fayard's in no man's land|
Less than a year ago, Caroline Fayard came out of nowhere and established herself as a comer in the world that is Louisiana politics.
Armed with a pretty face, her daddy's connections and his fortune to boot, Fayard, a 30-something-year-old Democrat, ran for public office for the first time in her life, posting a respectable showing in a special election for lieutenant governor against a Republican, Jay Dardenne, who literally was a household name throughout the state. No staunch conservative, Dardenne is one of those Republicans who can reach across party lines to secure votes. Ardent Republicans don't care for him but a sufficient number of moderates in both parties like him enough that they'll vote for him under most circumstances.
Fayard went to great lengths in the lieutenant governor's race to distance herself from the Democrat Party of old and sold herself as a Democrat cut from the same cloth as a man she used to work for – Bill Clinton. Most Louisiana Democrats, including diehard liberals, were so desperate for a winner that they overlooked Fayard's razor-thin resume' and worked diligently to elect her in a campaign that was a long shot at best.
Dardenne prevailed in the lieutenant governor's race by a less-than-impressive margin, lending credence to the argument that Fayard was a public figure to be taken seriously anytime her name was mentioned a possible candidate for any statewide office, including governor.
All of the goodwill Fayard created on the campaign trail in 2010, though, fell apart to say the least when it was revealed last week that Fayard embarked on a hate-filled tirade at a Democrat Party get-together not long ago.
"I hate Republicans. I hate Republicans. They are cruel and destructive. They eat their young. They don't think. They don't allow people to think. They are bullies."
That's what Fayard told Democrats at a party gathering in Washington Parish in March, obviously assuming her speech was off the record because no television cameras were in sight and no one from The (Baton Rouge) Advocate or The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune or the Associated Press was in attendance. Suffice it to say that Fayard didn't realize a reporter from a local newspaper was in the crowd, taking notes and eventually reporting Fayard's meltdown.
It didn't take long for anyone and everyone who remotely pays attention to politics in Louisiana to learn about Fayard's remarks courtesy of the left-leaning major media outlets in Louisiana, which had no choice but to report Fayard's gaffe. Public opinion formed quickly, and it wasn't good.
One would like to think Fayard made a rookie mistake, briefly forgetting that nothing is off the record in the 21st century thanks to cellular telephones equipped with cameras and recording devices. Obviously that wasn't the case either.
Not only did Fayard refuse to back down from comments about Republicans, she made matters worse when she reiterated her disapproval for President Obama. She stated that position early in her campaign for lieutenant governor, angering the Left, or the base of Obama's support.
It isn't clear where Fayard stands these days. After all, she's told us she hates Republicans, and she doesn't like Obama.
Where does that leave her?
At the very least, Fayard is in no man's land politically (no pun intended). And that's not a very good place to be if you harbor any intentions of pursuing a career in politics.