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  •  Actually they have. She took quite a bit of heat (5+ / 0-)

    in an online discussion this week with constituents.  What does it matter to her, though.  It's win-win.  If the public option passes, Dems will be popular in AR.  If the bill doesn't contain a public option, she might, just might, lose the coming election and then she will have her reward:  Do you think she isn't telepathing her resume to all the health insurance providers, etc., at this very moment?  That's where the big bucks will be for her, and she'll go get'em.

    •  It would be sweet if we got the PO, and then (2+ / 0-)
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      she lost in a Dem primary.

      With her, Landrieu, Nelson, Baucus and Conrad, its not over, even if HCR passes.

      They have all proved the GOP meme right, Democrats are weak by nature.

    •  What was her response? (1+ / 0-)
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      I actually meant my comment as a genuine question, although after reading it, I see it comes across more rhetorical than I had attended.

    •  Here's a link to the hammering that Lincoln (4+ / 0-)
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      took this weekend, via TPM:

      Hammering Lincoln with Intelligent Questions

      •  Wow, those answers were Palinesque. (4+ / 0-)

        Even though I knew all the words in the sentences she was using, I had no idea what she was saying.

      •  I'm in Arkansas and I sent questions (4+ / 0-)

        They got ignored, of course. Lincoln's staff said they received hundreds of questions for the online chat, but virtually every single one she tried to answer was a question about the public option. That tells me they couldn't even find any softball questions for her to attempt to answer.

        Her answers were absolutely pathetic, and I called her office today to tell them so.

        I also told them I can't imagine who's going to vote for her in her re-election bid. There are four no-name wingnuts running as Republicans, so she certainly won't get the conservative vote. And I don't know any Democrat who likes her. I told her office I'd vote for the Green candidate as it stands right now.

        Oh, and I also told them I was calling Harry Reid's office to tell them to strip seniority and committee chairmanships from any Democrat who joined a Republican filibuster.

        •  You identify a problem. (4+ / 0-)

          There are four no-name wingnuts running as Republicans, so she certainly won't get the conservative vote. And I don't know any Democrat who likes her.

          There is no attractive, plausible Democrat willing or able to run in a primary so the choice is between "no-name wingnuts" and a "sort of" Democrat. Unless the incumbent Democrat is truly reprehensible with no redemption most opposed to wingnuttery will vote that way.

          The only way to stop this is to somehow foster good "second string" people. That is very difficult because incumbents do have power in the party and they do not encourage rivals. So, how does the rank and file Democrat and even independent leaning our way help push such people forward? That is a subject for some real brainstorming and work.

          The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

          by pelagicray on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 01:35:55 PM PDT

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          •  She has a primary opponent, but he's even worse (4+ / 0-)

            From what I read, her likely opponent in the Democratic primary is even more conservative and a bigger corporate whore than Lincoln is.

            The problem is the party political machine here in Arkansas. It's so corrupt and run from the top that I don't see how anyone can challenge an incumbent. It's also why the Green Party is stronger here than in other places, because it's really the only option for Arkansas progressives.

            It also doesn't help when we see national party leaders do huge fundraisers for the Blue Dogs. Joe Biden came to Arkansas recently for a big million-dollar fundraiser for Lincoln, and just this weekend, Bill Clinton showed up for a big fundraiser for Mike Ross. I don't see how grassroots candidates could ever fight that kind of entrenched power here.

            •  Do you have any ideas (0+ / 0-)

              for a breakout strategy? Is it possible to subvert and take over the party infrastructure or seize control of the messaging?

              They tortured people
              To get false confessions
              To fraudulently justify
              Invasion of Iraq!
              -Seneca Doane

              by James Kresnik on Mon Oct 19, 2009 at 03:38:02 PM PDT

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    •  it is not win-win for lincoln (1+ / 0-)
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      Lincoln will get to fight progressives till she is out.  Good luck fighting both progressives and conservatives, that is a guaranteed loser even if it takes a while.

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