I wonder if the rate of political careers destroyed has increased since the universalization of the Internet.  This won’t end his career, but it ought to.  Some pol in Louisiana played right into the stereotype and took an Onion article seriously.

College men from LSU,
Went in dumb, come out dumb too…

Randy Newman’s lyrics were also satire, but as some here said in reference to an iconic Merle Haggard song, the listener gets to decide what is satire.  I guess.

Anyway, this poor guy is hardly the first Onion victim.  Here’s a list.  And not all of them are conservative southerners.

And here’s the Onion piece.