I think it’s got to be the second, or else she never would have been in the position to make us think it was the first. That’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the moment she decided to take her quixotic trip to Cuba to pitch Louisiana products even as she neglected to go on business trips to other less-mysterious foreign locales with much larger potential contracts.
Let me count the ways in which Blanco showed a stunning ignorance about the trip (and why did she have to have some state legislators in tow with her – don’t they have a budget to balance back home?)
Let’s be blunt, Castro rolled Blanco on this one. But the most amazing part is that Blanco implies she’s unaware of that fact. According to her press secretary Denise Bottcher, any suggestion to the contrary is a partisan distortion. "We did not go into it naïvely," Bottcher said. "There is an agenda by the Republican party." Talk about the blind writing press releases for the blind ….
It’s just too much to believe that’s she’s pulling our leg on this, so I guess she’ll find out just how much she got used when her opponents ceaselessly remind her of this fact in the next election. That will be the long range impact of the trip, not any uncertain deals made during it.