Imagine this: A Vietnamese-American runs for congress as a Republican in one of the safest Democratic congressional districts in the country. His candidacy is endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government, Bobby Jindal, the Family Research Council, and Pat Boone. He wins.
Sounds like the premise of a really good a sitcom, doesn’t it?
Well, believe it or not, it’s exactly what happened in Louisiana’s second congressional district last night. Anh “Joseph” Cao looks to have officially denied William “Freezer Cash” Jefferson a 10th term in the United States House of Representatives. The last Republican to represent this district in congress was Hamilton D. Coleman, who served from 1889-1891. Another interesting factoid: Joseph Cao will be the first Vietnamese-American to serve in congress.
Now, even though a Republican did take a Democratic seat, and even though the people of Louisiana’s second district will be represented in congress by a bona fide family values “social Conservative” for at least the next two years, I can’t help but be giddy about the whole situation. Why? Well, first, the whole trailblazing element of Cao’s candidacy is, by itself, inspiring.