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  •  Look, if Lincoln... (0+ / 0-)

    ....had strong popularity ratings, it would have made no sense to primary her and the whole thing never would have happened. The fact was that her poll numbers were atrocious. Those are the poll numbers that people don't recover from, unless there's a severely divided opposition, which wasn't the case in Arkansas. She was polling in the low-to-mid 30s in EVERY SINGLE POLL. She could have been smart like Chris Dodd and decided to retire in the face of poll numbers that just weren't moving. Instead, she stuck around and got shellacked. Blaming this on Bill Halter makes no sense. She was polling in the 30s before Halter ran and she was polling in the 30s after he ran. She just wasn't popular with Arkansas voters, but she insisted on running. I blame Blanche Lincoln for costing us a Senate seat, not Bill Halter.

    As for Feinstein, while she's far from my favorite Senator, she has been there on a lot of critical votes and generally voted the right way. That's key. Plus, she's hugely popular in California and she'll win re-election in a walk, so there's no reason to primary her.

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