One of those political intrigue programs that the British Broadcasting Corp. does so well began with a wing-nut looking in the mirror and contemplating during his morning shave.
A political nobody, Harry Perkins surprises the world and becomes prime minister. The show, “A Very British Coup,” is about his reign as the uncompromising socialist leader of the U.K. It ends, ambiguously, with Perkins shaving in front of the same mirror, which I took to mean that this was all a dream.
Troy Hebert says that each morning, when he shaves, he recalls an Iberia Parish saying he’s fond of: “Every now and then a blind squirrel finds an acorn.”
Though the 50-year-old Hebert has been a police juror, a legislator and head of a state agency, he is one of the dozen and a half candidates running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana who have been dismissed by the pollsters and the media — I'm included — as not worthy of attention.
This was supposed to be the year of the “outsider,” what with Donald Trump’s success and an angry electorate not willing to take it anymore.
But in Louisiana, only six candidates have received any serious coverage. Though all six flout "outsider" credentials, four are millionaire white men in their 60s who, together, have close to a century of experience in elected office. The fifth has never held a government post, but is the millionaire daughter of friends to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Hanging on the fringes, at least according to the poll released Thursday by Baton Rouge’s WAFB-TV and her sister stations, is David Duke. He rode to prominence 20 years ago as the chieftain in a Ku Klux Klan faction and still attracts a lot of interest, though little voter support.
The rest of the candidates are footnotes.
Republican Rob Maness polled 14 percent of the vote in the 2014 Senate contest by positioning himself as the alternative to the two mainstream candidates. But in Thursday’s poll, he showed at 3.4 percent and won’t get an invite to the Nov. 2 televised debate.
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The same poll showed the remaining 17 candidates sharing 1.5 percent support among the 625 voters questioned before and after last week’s televised debate.
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That number includes Hebert, easily the most charismatic candidate this cycle; New Orleans business consultant Abhay Patel, whom veteran political strategist Roy Fletcher called one of the most naturally gifted orators he’s seen in a while; and Josh Pellerin, the 35-year-old biracial multimillionaire oilman. A former Lafayette Republican who had donated to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum’s ultraconservative presidential campaign, Pellerin is now a Democrat making his first run for public office because he says President Barack Obama encouraged him to do so.
“It has been a heck of a learning experience for me,” Patel said last week right before suspending his campaign and endorsing U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, one of the leading Senate candidates.
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Patel said he was under no illusions last summer when he set out across the political La Mancha to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world.
“I saw a path,” he said. It included attending forums, building momentum and securing a place in the televised debates, where his oratorical skills could win enough converts to propel him into the Dec. 10 runoff. It didn’t quite work out. While he raised about $305,000, Patel couldn’t get anywhere near the $1 million he felt necessary to be considered serious.
“The race played out the way I envisioned it, except I don’t think anybody could have predicted 24 candidates, one of whom was David Duke,” he said.
Too many choices coupled with the weariness of being ping-ponged from crisis to crisis, has created a voting population that just doesn’t seem that interested in who will replace David Vitter in the Senate.
Candidate Hebert translates apathy as voter disgust and that being the “none of the above” candidate is the route to victory for one of the legion of wannabes.
“People are frustrated, and they think their votes don’t really matter,” Hebert said, noting that most polls show one of every four voters is undecided.
If those undecided voters turn out as they did for Maness in 2014 and pick Hebert or one of the others as the outsider, then in a field as large as this one, 14 percent could be enough to win a place in the runoff.
“If people are as mad as they’re talking, then this isn’t some crazy pipe dream,” Hebert said. “It’s a long shot, true, but it’s realistic shot.”