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Blanche Lincoln (Hopefully) to Be Dethroned

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I generally try not to get into the flying circus that is US domestic politics, mostly because it’s all so much political side-show (whereas un-elected, non-public figures – CEOs, The Fed, White House appointees, etc. – usually end up making the real policy), but I think this definitely deserves a mention.

Blanche Lincoln is a “Democratic” senator from Arkansas, and one of the most odious politicians ever to mar our fragile Senate. She voted YES on the Iraq War, YES on the Military Commissions Act (denying due process to anyone deemed a “terrorist”), YES on the Patriot Act (see below), NO on the Employee Free Choice Act,  was one of the major holdouts on the watered-down “health care reform” proposed by President Obama, etc., etc. She’s a bad, bad lady. Needless to say, President Obama supports her re-election.

But there’s hope! (Not, of course, from Obama, who has decidedly retired from the hope business.) No, instead, the AFL-CIO is funding an insurgent campaign on the part of Lt. Governor Bill Halter. Now, I’m sure Mr. Halter has various objects in his closets which may or may not resemble skeletons, but the fact remains that there are very few worse candidates for this seat than the incumbent Ms. Lincoln. Even one of Bill Halter’s hypothetical skeletons would be an improvement. I generally think that voting does nobody any good, but in this case, a dethroning is well in order.


Written by pavanvan

March 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

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  1. Another attempt by Blanche to buy the election:


    March 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

  2. Blanche Lincoln is admittedly not a liberal. If she were serving in Vermont, I’d say let’s get her out of office. But she isn’t.

    Obama supports her re-election for the same reason I do – she’s far more liberal of a Senator than Arkansas is a state. For the overall progressive cause, the issue here is not “she’s not liberal enough, so let’s boot her out of office,” but rather “she’s better than we should be doing in Arkansas.” Whatever you think about the self-defeating logic of the Arkansas electorate (and I agree on that point) our finding fault in their electoral preferences won’t cause them to change.

    The alternative to Blanche Lincoln is not another Ted Kennedy, it’s another Tom Coburn or Mitch McConnell.

    Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight wrote a good overview of our prospects in Arkansas recently.


    March 3, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    • Hey Pubilus!

      Yeah I agree that Arkansas is a very “conservative” state, but at this point, is there really a difference between Blanche Lincoln and a “Republican” Senator? She’s broken with the “Democratic” Party on almost every major piece of legislation. I mean, even if they deny Halter the seat and it goes to a “Republican”, I don’t think very much would change. On the other hand, if Halter somehow wins, it would be a major blow to the corporatist faction of the “Democratic” party.


      March 4, 2010 at 8:06 am

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