No, really. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) poured beer into the mouth of a dude doing a keg stand today pic.twitter.com/RVwkBYt5QR— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) September 21, 2014
It almost feels criminal to put anything in this post except for that tweet, but here's a little context.
The Louisiana State University's football team, the Tigers, played the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Baton Rouge on Saturday night. As a result, it felt as though half the state was crammed onto the campus to celebrate and tailgate beforehand. Which Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) clearly saw as a great, if intimidating, campaign opportunity, as the photos of her helping an LSU fan put a spigot in his mouth while doing a keg stand seem to show.
If you're unfamiliar with the activity, here's a definition from Urban Dictionary, official chronicler of collegiate culture:
A common party activity in which two people hold another person's feet while the person's hands hold onto the keg. Another person holds the tap in their mouth until they give the signal to stop, and everyone else counts. The object of this activity is to chug beer from the keg upside down for as long as possible.
And here, for good measure, is another photo of Landrieu and a keg stand.
*Another* photo of Keg stand Senator Mary Landrieu holding the tap for a student to chug beer. pic.twitter.com/acVpiLBoOa— Brad Dayspring (@BDayspring) September 21, 2014
According to the Hill, "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."
Unfortunately, any goodwill Landrieu earned at the event may have been canceled out by the fact that the Tigers lost to the Bulldogs for the first time in more than a decade.
Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy watched the senator provide constituent services on the LSU quad.
"My first keg stand," Landrieu says, as we walk away. "He wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not — at least not in front of the national press." What if it would've won her some votes? "That's alright — I'm not that desperate."
According to Real Clear Politics' polling average, Landrieu's challenger, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, is up by about five percentage points.
This isn't the first time Senate politics, beer and football have intersected. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) placed a beer bet over the Super Bowl results in 2012.
In 2006, Sen. John Kerry (D) was offered a beer bong while at an Iowa State football game. New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich asked Kerry's spokesman whether he inhaled.
“Definitely not,” said David Wade, the senator’s spokesman. “Actually, since we were in Iowa, it was probably filled with ethanol.”