As if we didn’t see this coming from a mile away. Did anyone think that John Kennedy was going to do anything else after he switched parties? We all know that John Kennedy wanted to be a Senator since he ran and lost against David Vitter in 2004. With Louisiana’s new closed primary system for U.S. House and Senate seats, there would be no way that he would be able to win the closoed primary as a Democrat. So what does he do? He becomes another political opportunist party switcher, joins the Republican Party, and decides to drop his name in the hat early.
Now, John Kennedy has always been a fiscal conservative (something that is a positive for a state treasurer). However, what will be interesting are his social views (of which I currently am unaware). Will Republicans back a recent turncoat? Or will a traditional religious conservative (like Tony Perkins) enter the race and court enough of the Republican votes away from Kennedy.
Now, im not saying it would actually be Tony Perkins who would run, he only got 10% of the vote last time. And the Republican party has gotten its candidates “in line” previously (since in open primaries both Vitter and Jindal had no Republican opposition and won outright). However, because the winner of this election is not required to obtain a simple majority anymore, a weak 3rd party conservative could attract enough votes to allow Landrieu to win in the general election.