Is there a campaign this fall that can’t be described as “remarkably divisive”? That doesn’t mean there isn’t still time to win the award for “most divisive,” and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu Thursday made a bid for the prize by attributing President Obama’s unpopularity in the state to his race.

In an interview with NBC News, Landrieu explained, “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal wasn’t about to let that remark go unchallenged.

Do we smell desperation?

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Update: Here’s video of Landrieu making her comments.