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  •  I'm pretty pessimistic at this point (2+ / 0-)
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    Stroszek, blue aardvark

    I think the Democratic Party is headed towards the worst blow-out in my lifetime, and I blame Blanche Lincoln and her fellow Democrats who hate the Democratic Party cadre a great deal for our current plight.

    On being clear-eyed about her:

    She's the ultimate political dead-weight candidate.

    I don't think if every punched hippy or disappointed Democrat swallowed his or her pride and went all out to save Blanche Lincoln's seat, I mean as all-out and leave-it-on-the-field as many of us did for Ned Lamont in 2006 up until the primary, that it would be possible to keep Lincoln in the Senate.

    That's rotten, but perversely impressive at the same time.

    She has made it virtually impossible to keep the seat Democratic if she is the candidate... just by being herself.

    "We suck, but the GOP is worse" is now, and always will be, one of the worst platforms that Democrats can run on.

    I'm expecting her seat to be gone if she is the candidate no matter what.

    That level of fucking up is breathtaking.

    •  See my post below (1+ / 0-)
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      It appears that you view Halter as both more progressive and more electable. In that case, the decision is clear:

      primary her. With impressive vigor.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Tue Feb 23, 2010 at 12:59:51 PM PST

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      •  Not without the state Dem Party support (0+ / 0-)

        and he doesn't have it. Although a native Arkansan, Halter is looked at like a carpetbagger because he initially ran against Mike Beebe -- who had been anointed to replace Huckabee. He was convinced to drop out and run for Lt. Governor,  and has been very popular because he finally got a lottery started here.

        Halter graduated from Stanford and Oxford (where he was a Rhodes scholar -- sound familiar?), and so has to overcome that "elitist" label. He worked 6 years in Clinton's OMB (you know, when we got a budget surplus), so that's a plus in the state.

        Halter seems to have the ear of the new Director of the state Dem Party (he just started in October 2009), but not the Dem establishment (aka former Sen. David Pryor and his son, Sen. Mark Pryor, and the "old guard"). It may be they are grooming him to replace Beebe (Ark gov. is term-limited) and don't want their plans derailed.

        Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ---Plato

        by carolita on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 08:34:06 AM PST

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