Skip to main content

I don't know if you know this, but Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is getting a primary challenge from AR Lt. Governor Bill Halter. Personally, I think the front pagers have dropped the ball in not talking about this primary more.  In any event, Blanche Lincoln has based her campaign on being an "adult" among the screaming children who populate Washington.  But yesterday, Lincoln proved she can be just as petulant as the rest of them.

First, the good news.  From the Washington Post:

The Senate's latest jobs bill cleared a key procedural hurdle Tuesday, with the chamber voting to limit debate on a $150 billion package of tax-break extensions and aid for the unemployed.

The bill has important stuff: a one-year extension of unemployment insurance and COBRA health benefits, funds to help states pay for Medicaid and private pension funds, a "fix" to prevent a cut in payments to doctors who serve Medicare patients, and well as a $30 billion package to extend expiring tax breaks.  Amazingly, 8 Republicans voted with the Dems, so it looks like the bill will actually pass.  

Now, here's the interesting part.  Again, from the Post:

And it includes more than $1 billion in emergency agricultural aid sought by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), who faces a tough reelection race.

Wow.  Who knew Blanche could hold her breath and stomp her feet so well?  I mean, I'm sure she would have voted for the bill without this money, right?  Maybe this is what Blanche means by being an adult.  Only an adult can hold up aid to struggling Americans by extorting $1 billion.  But you're right Blanche, we really should get rid of those obnoxious "back room deals" that are such a scourge of Washington.

In case you didn't know, Bill Halter for Senate

Originally posted to mark louis on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site