Rich Galen

In Louisiana, the Republican Party has gone from one state-wide office holder to, I believe, five. They have picked up seats in the State House and State Senate. I noted that Louisiana has gone from "Laughingstock to Leadership in American politics in the past four years."

I also pointed out that, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Governor-elect Jindal has "tapped a top aide to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to be the new executive director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the state agency responsible for guiding hurricane recovery." The name of the top aide? Paul Rainwater.

I said I thought it was mildly amusing that a guy named "Rainwater" would be running the program to fix the problems caused by hurricane flooding.

The crowd didn't think it was nearly as funny as I did.

Republicans in the US House and Senate got fired for malfeasance leading to the Democrats' take-over of both Houses in 2006. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco's nonfeasance in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita set the stage for the GOP resurgence here in 2007.

According to, a recent CBS/NY Times poll has Congressional approval at 21 percent - well below President Bush's approval ratings.

Competence counts.

Before Democrats begin measuring for drapes in the White House and Cabinet Department offices, they may want to stop and take another look.

It appears that voters may well be doing that exact thing.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at