Let's look back at my "How to defeat Bill Jefferson" post:
1) In one of the debates, simply ask him why he had $90k of marked bills in his freezer. He said he could explain it, so give him the chance.
Well, there was no debate. Jefferson gave Carter an opening (via phone or satellite), and she refused. Major tactical error.
B) Hammer on the Hummer. Right after the flood, Jefferson had a Guard unit break from their rescue duties in order to go to his house and pick up a notebook computer, and boxes of money. Many have forgotten about this. Bring it up.
I never heard word one about this. Could have made a very effective commercial.
iii) Committeeless. Jefferson used to be on the powerful Ways and Means committee. When the charges were leveled against him, the Democratic leadership stripped him of committee assignments.
Once again, not a word.
The Carter campaign made the exact same mistakes as Mitch Landrieu's campaign. Ms. Carter did mention corruption, somewhat vaguely. Had she hammered these points, perhaps the results would have been somewhat different.
All we can do now is hope that Pelosi doesn't try to screw us again. If you recall, Mr. Jefferson offered a compromise to Ms. Pelosi that would have allowed Louisiana Democrat Charlie Melancon to take Mr. Jefferson's seat on the Ways and Means committee, but Pelosi refused, thus punishing him.
And New Orleans.
Also, I still don't see the words Katrina or Levees on the infamous first 100 hours plan.
I want to see the word reparations.