It was about as controversial as going for the two-point conversion when the extra-point ties the game. At an LSU football pre-game tailgate on Saturday, fans were graced with the presence of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat who is battling to keep her seat in November's election.

Showing up wasn't Landrieu's risky move. After all, her opponent in the election also made an appearance at the very same tailgate. But in a bold effort to distinguish herself from her opponent, Landrieu got down-and-dirty by helping one fan perform a keg stand:


Landrieu's trick play has earned her plenty of national media attention, which is great if she's trying to win over the football-and-beer types from across the country's 49 other states.

In her current situation, though, Landrieu's decision is a bit more of a gamble: She's fighting tooth-and-nail in one of the closest Senate races in the country, and 'keg stand' headlines could turn off some critical conservative voters.

Then again, maybe the best political move would have been mounting up and partaking herself. But Landrieu told Mother Jones such a performance was not in the cards.

"My first keg stand," Landrieu said. "[One student] wanted me to do it, but I said absolutely not -- at least not in front of the national press."

When it was suggested that the keg stand might have helped her campaign, Landrieu replied, "That's all right -- I'm not that desperate."


That's right: Mary Landrieu will not succumb to social and political pressure and do a keg stand like a monkey in public. If she's going to do a keg stand, it will be in the privacy of her own home.

You know, the same way normal Americans do their keg stands.

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