Mary Landrieu: Against Medical Marijuana, In Favor Of Keg Stands

Landrieu Keg Stand

During last night’s Louisiana Senate debate, Senator Mary Landrieu came out against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while her chief Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is an M.D., said he favors it:

Yet in a surprising moment later in the debate, Cassidy said he would support the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment, while Landrieu and Maness said they were opposed to medicinal marijuana legalization.

I’d like to ask Senator Landrieu how she reconciles that position with her apparent position in favor of keg stands at Louisiana State University football games:

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was spotted helping a man do a keg stand at a Louisiana State University tailgating event on Saturday.

A photo from the event appears to show Landrieu—one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this year— holding the keg’s spigot while a young man dressed in the Tigers’ purple and gold does a handstand on the keg and other participants hold his legs. A crowd of onlookers cheers him on.

A source close to the campaign said the man was in his late 20s and was enjoying a tailgate with his friends and family. The source also said his father was at the tailgating party with him.

Keg stands are common events at college campuses. The goal of doing one is to drink as much as possible while doing the hand stand.

Binge drinking? Cool. Marijuana for people in pain? Heck no.


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  1. michael reynolds says:

    It’s stupid, but is it stupid enough for the stupid voters of Louisiana?

  2. @michael reynolds:

    These are people who elect people like Edwin Edwards, who incidentally is running for Congress this year at the ripe old age of 87. And don’t even get me started about Jindal and David Vitter.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    Someone needs to check for lead in those Mardi Gras beads.

  4. wr says:

    The one bright spot if the Dems lose the Senate next month is that we’ll finally be done with horrors like Landrieu.

  5. al-Ameda says:

    Binge drinking? Cool. Marijuana for people in pain? Heck no

    And that, as they say, is that.
    Landrieu is a weasel on this. When legislators duck the issues – in this case, legalization of medical marijuana – it often ends up going directly to the people as a ballot initiative. Which is fine, except for the side effect that the people start to believe that they actually don’t need elected representatives all that much.

  6. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    @al-Ameda: If the elected representatives are like Landrieu, I’m not sure what your point is. On the other hand, if you want to see what “don’t need elected representatives all that much” [in terms of direct referenda government] visit the Oregon ballot some years. And IIRC, a recent Washington state ballot (Oregon’s neighbor to the North) had 25 or 30 initiatives and referenda.

  7. stonetools says:


    She is a red state Democrat, so its almost by definition necessary for her to weasel on elements of the Democratic or liberal agenda. I’m Ok with her going weaselly on this, because it’s not at the top of the Democratic agenda list. She just has to be a Democrat, and vote the Democrat way MOSTof the time, as opposed to being replaced by a Republican who will vote against the Democratic agenda always.