The former president had some tough words for real progressives:
Using unusually vivid language to describe the threat against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Clinton urged the voters who nurtured his career to resist outside forces bent on making an example out of the two-term Democratic incumbent.
He pounded the podium with Lincoln at his side, warning that national liberal and labor groups wanted to make her a “poster child” in the June 8 Senate run-off to send a message about what happens to Democrats who don’t toe the party line.
“This is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate,” Clinton said in the gym of a small historically black college here.
Clinton didn’t mention Lt. Gov. Bill Halter’s name – the lieutenant governor worked in the former president’s administration – or single out any specific liberal groups. But he didn’t need to.
Too bad for Bill, and Lincoln, no one gives a shit about them anymore:
From the Politico report:
“If you want to be used that way, have at it,’ he said to about 200 Democrats at Philander Smith College, speaking without notes for 20 minutes
Philander Smith College is a historical black university. How many African American students do you see in those pictures? That's also the basketball gym. It fits more than 200 people. Lots more. Notice how they used partitions to shrink the size of the room significantly. (The Tolbert Report, a conservative blog, tweeted that the facility held 800, for whatever it's worth.)
And finally, see all those baby blue shirts? Those are Lincoln campaign staffers. People at the event guesstimated that between 15-25 percent of the attendees were campaign workers.
So to reiterate, few in Arkansas gives a shit about Blanche Lincoln anymore. Nor, apparently, about Bill Clinton.
Update: Can you feel the Blanchementum?
Update II: I lied. I can't feel any Blanchementum.
Update III: Orson, in the comments:
Telling voters the best way to terrify
incumbents is to vote against Miz Blanche, may not be the best strategy this year.