If you thought—or perhaps just hoped—the horrifying terrorist attack in Paris on Friday would bring out the best in our political leaders, you obviously forgot this American truism: it’s always election season somewhere. Yes, there is a presidential election a year away so all forty-six Republican candidates for the GOP nomination predictably chimed in with their two cents. The only new actionable ideas to come out of their plans can be summed up in four words: blame the Syrian refugees!
The state of Louisiana acquitted itself particularly dismally on Monday. Current Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order designed to prevent Syrian refugees from seeking refuge in his state. (More than a dozen other governors took a similar step.) With a run-off election for governor set for next week (Nov. 21), current Republican Senator David Vitter went one giant step further and made the attack ad above—politicizing the Paris attacks AND Syrian refugees.
It’s really quite something. If that ad seems like the move of a desperate campaign, you’d be right. Vitter, despite seeming the inevitable choice to take over the governorship, has fallen behind Democratic state rep John Bel Edwards in the polls. The Times-Picayune notes there are all of 14 Syrian refugees that have been relocated to the state of Louisiana in the last year, so the spigot on generosity shouldn’t be too hard to shut off.