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Shocking absolutely no one, Senator Lincoln has turned tail and ran on the front of health care. She's not only backpedaling on her previous support of the public option, she's vowing to work against it now. How sad and expected.

Obviously, someone must step up in the great state of Arkansas and make sure she is not the Democratic option for the Senate next year. But being the state it is, it's going to be very hard to unseat her. It will take a statesman whose love with their constituents is strong enough to weather having to tell them they are wrong once in a while. And I think that person is President Bill Clinton.

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I realize that Bill's dance card is already quite full. But becoming a Senator would have it's advantages. As an almost instant top voice in the Democratic caucus, he would have as much power as one can get outside of the Presidency. And he could quickly become an alternative for one Harry Reid in the leadership.

Rush Limbaugh would hang himself.

If he feels healthy enough for it and is getting bored, a single term in the Senate could be amazing. Both in the fun he'd have and what he could get done.

Senator President Bill Clinton. Has a nice ring to it!

Regardless, someone please step in and remove this weak heart-ed thorn from our side. Else, what principle will she sacrifice next?

Originally posted to wheelimus on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:45 AM PDT.

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  •  This is cute... (5+ / 0-)

    but the former standard bearer is not going to become the junior Senator from Arkansas.  

    Medicare for All is Civil Rights

    by masslib on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:46:41 AM PDT

  •  There aren't many former presidents who could (0+ / 0-)

    at least appear to be comfortable in their skin doing this, but I bet he could.

  •  I'm not sure Bill is the right choice (3+ / 0-)
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    pademocrat, lcarr23, drainflake77

    but I agree with the basic philosophy. The Same
    applies to the Blue Dogs. Make this issue the Litmus
    test. Those that do not support the Public Option
    NOW get ABSOLUTELY NO SUPPORT from the party in 2010.
    Period. End of Discussion. Make the spineless
    bastards decide, once and for all, exactly which
    party they belong to.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:54:35 AM PDT

    •  Totally disagree (2+ / 0-)
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      fladem, Arkieboy

      Arkansas is terrible territory for Dems these days. If we don't support conservative Democrats in places like that, they will elect the worst kind of wingnut Rethug.

      All my IP addresses have been banned from Redstate.com.

      by charliehall on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:00:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  As a lifelong Arkie.. (0+ / 0-)

        Charlie is totally right.  The Repubs in Arkansas are as nutty as the rest of them.  I read the statement by Blanche and, frankly, I think she was very carefully stating her support for Obama's Three Principles.  I have worked with Blanche on various projects as a 'grassroots lobbyist' over the years.  She is not stupid, nor is she heartless.  

        Additionally, no Democrat is going to 'primary' her.  So get that thought out of your head.  The only area of the state that she would be considered 'weak' is AR-03; Boozman territory.  This area is red,red, red.  The old folks in AR-03 are stirred up and mad as hell.  Until the 'public option' is better defined, no politician is going to stick their neck out if there is the slightest chance they will have to backtrack.  

        Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining!

        by Arkieboy on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 08:13:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Well... I'm 100% Pro "Primary Blanche Lincoln" (0+ / 0-)

    But I think you may have chosen the last person in the world who would actually be willing to do it, and I like Bill Clinton.

    ---- Don't mind me, I'm just here trolling for James Inhofe. [Note to Complete Idiots: I'm Not Really Trolling for James Inhofe]

    by TooFolkGR on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:55:25 AM PDT

  •  it is pathetic how pathetic the Dems are that 100 (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of relavitely low income residents of Arkansas will vote fascist or vote fascist sell out.

    IMAGINE if our party of leafy neighborhood $alon Dem$ made government work efficiently AND

    AND

    FOUGHT for those efficiently run, hence supported by the public, services!

    instead, we got millions in the country who don't want the government fucking up the water system, or hte roads, or the medicare ...

    that is THE FAULT of the dim-o-shits, not the lying fascists who, by definition, always lie and must always lie.

    ugh.

    rmm.

    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 05:59:13 AM PDT

  •  He would clearly be an improvement (0+ / 0-)

    But I think that would diminish his significance. Moreover, there's no way he'd want to.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

  •  In other news (3+ / 0-)
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    fladem, masslib, pademocrat

    Jimmy Carter to run for dog catcher in Plains, GA.  Who is this spunky up-and-comer?  Stay tuned!

    Film at 11.

    "The First Law of political indiscretion, Bernard - you always have a drink before you leak." - Yes, Minister

    by TruthOfAngels on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:21:51 AM PDT

  •  ???????????? (0+ / 0-)

    Why would Clinton take such a huge step down to become a Senator?  

    Are you ready for the utter chaos this would cause?

    Are you ready for the distraction that it would cause for the administration?

    You guys really need to think things through before you post.

  •  Dems need stature in the Senate... (1+ / 0-)
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    GN1927

    With Kennedy passing, Biden, Clinton and Obama out due to the last election there is a lot of star power missing.  Remember the idea that Caroline Kennedy would be tabbed in NY because the Dems needed fundraising star power.  

    Now this ain't happening, but damn I'd love it if it did. Of course the Senate ol boys rules would have Clinton at the bottom of the ladder with too many twits having seniority on him.

    If the choice is between a Corporatist Democrat and a Republican - Vote Republican. Why? F Rahm Emanuel

    by Jonze on Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 06:50:28 AM PDT

    •  I hope Kennedy steps up to the plate (0+ / 0-)

      and primaries Gillibrand.  Gillibrand isn't popular and isn't well-liked.  Kennedy would skate through the primaries and would potentially be one of the few politicians with both the interest and ability to cultivate a large small-donor base rather than having to rely on donations from NYC high rollers.

      Primary Kirsten Gillibrand, please, Caroline!!

  •  Bill Clinton (0+ / 0-)

      has far too much going on to just cast it aside to become a Senator. And remember, he called primaries against Senate incumbents foolish back when Ned Lamont was challenging Joe Lieberman.

      He's not touching this with a 50 foot pole. Though I imagine, Blanche has likely gotten an earful from Bill on the issue.

  •  Would she vote for cloture? (0+ / 0-)

    If she votes for cloture but against the bill, that would probably be good enough.

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