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Blanche Lincoln Wins the Democratic Primary for her Senate seat in Arkansas!

The Dog is very Happy to be wrong…..

And is happy to see that the Democratic voters of Arkansas are smart enough to NOT have someone run… that absolutely had NO chance to win against Boozman in November…

The Dog salutes everyone…. including Daniel and myself who got this wrong!

My apologizes to Bill Clinton** who campaigned for her and finally got a win!


I might have got it wrong…

But I got it right…

Halter ran with Union, Progressive and left support….

I said it couldn’t be done…

It wasn’t…..

Damn Right!

Washington (CNN) – Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has defeated Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in Tuesday’s Senate Democratic primary runoff, the Associated Press projects.

Democratic Senate primary runoff:
Blanche Lincoln (incumbent) – 112,811 51.7%
Bill Halter – 105,352 48.3%

80% of precincts reporting

*Vote totals compiled by the Associated Press

** The Dog just wasn’t thinking about Bill Clinton in Arkansas….This guy was FROM Arkansas……Duh!…

There’s a reason that Bill Clinton was making the closing argument for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) just days before today’s runoff, while the senator has made strides to separate herself from President Obama.

This is Clinton country.

Yes, Clinton is from the state, but it also went hugely for his wife in the 2008 presidential primary — 70 percent to 26 percent to be exact. The state was one of Obama’s worst showings in the general election too.

Arkansas is an extreme example, but many 2010 battles are being waged in similar territory. In fact, a majority of top 2010 races are being held in districts and states where Obama struggled in the Democratic primary fight two years ago.

Much has been made of Republican efforts to win the four dozen (or so) Democratic-held districts where Obama lost to John McCain in 2008. But looking at places where Obama lost to Hillary Clinton can also be instructive when it comes to understanding how the President, who is not on the ballot this fall, will nonetheless impact the fight for congressional control.

According to a Fix analysis, of the 27 Democratic-held House seats and 10 Senate races listed as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report, Obama lost roughly half of each by wide margins to Clinton during the primary season.

Obama lost to Clinton in seven of the 10 states with top Senate races, and in about 60 percent of the top 27 House districts. Five of those states and 13 of those House districts went for Clinton by double digits.

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Blanche Lincoln is going to lose in Arkansas today…….

Yes sir…

The Senator from Arkansas is gonna lose….

This is no secret….

Daniel gets his wish……

Boozmen is going to be the next senator from that state….

Lincoln is a another example of how politicians have to run to right for GOP primaries and the left for Democratic ones…..

Halter….with Union, left and progressive support will win his parties primary only to be stuck to far out to ever win the general election….

Smile Daniel…

You get your wish……

From Daniel……

Hello Folks and Good Morning!

POLITICO has the Scoop:

Top Arkansas sources tell us the state’s political establishment expects Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) to LOSE her primary runoff tonight by at least 5 points — and perhaps 7 to 10, since insurgents have been outperforming their polls this year. That’ll make her the fifth incumbent member of Congress to get fired even before November. She’ll be the third senator (after Bennett of Utah and Specter of Pennsylvania), making the most primary-season defeats for senators since 1980, when four went down. (hat tip: Howard Mortman) Two House incumbents also have lost: Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.), who switched D. In another time, Lincoln’s seat on the Agriculture Committee would have served as an insurance policy with voters in the rural state. Now, anything about Washington is bad. For once, the media aren’t exaggerating: It’ll be an ugly November for insiders.

And this is on Politico’s Dave Cataneses Twitter:

Speaking to @DanaBashCNN, @blanche4senate says: “I think we may have underestimated the anti-incumbent mood.” #ARSEN
davecatanese on 06/08/10 10:36 AM

Note….Once Bill Clinton went to campaign for her…..I knew it was over……

The Dog…..

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , | 7 Comments

Ooops!…Here’s Bill Clinton…again…….

Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln speak at an event. | AP Photo

[ Clinton helps an ally and delivers a broadside against powerful interests in the Democratic Party. ]

The ex-President is taking up Blanche Lincoln’s cause…

He’s going back to Arkansas to campaign for her….

She’s in trouble….

I don’t think one person that he camapigned for (Including his wife ) has won anything…..

Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.

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.

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , | 14 Comments

Ooops!…Here's Bill Clinton…again…….

Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln speak at an event. | AP Photo

[ Clinton helps an ally and delivers a broadside against powerful interests in the Democratic Party. ]

The ex-President is taking up Blanche Lincoln’s cause…

He’s going back to Arkansas to campaign for her….

She’s in trouble….

I don’t think one person that he camapigned for (Including his wife ) has won anything…..

Former President Bill Clinton returned to his home state Friday to help a beleaguered ally and delivered a broadside against some of the most powerful interests in the Democratic Party.

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.

More….

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , | 14 Comments

There Will Be a Financial Reform Bill with GOP Senate support……

The Dog predicted that there would be a “Wall Street’  Financial Reform Bill …..

And I also reported that The House Republicans will support the Bill……

I also said that the GOP senators would come around and join the vote for the bill…..

Well that’s gonna happen people…….

First ….The Goldman Sachs story has left the station and the Democrats …with the Bill have all the seats…..

Second….as I pointed out in my first post……Why not run against Wall Street this fall?

Third…….The Democrats…tired after the Healthcare fight are being more flexible….

Fourth.…the $50 Million  ‘Resolution Fund’ provision is going…going…gone….

Fifth…The Republican’s won’t say this out loud…but …they lost any control over the Healthcare Bill by staying away from it…..

They won’t do that again…..

"I believe this is the strongest Wall Street reform bill that we have seen to date," said Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). She is backing a measure that aims to increase transparency in derivatives markets.

[ I believe this is the strongest Wall Street reform bill that we have seen to date,” said Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). She is backing a measure that aims to increase transparency in derivatives markets. ]

Note….The Democrats are letting ‘in trouble’ Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln get all the glory on this one…..

Can this save her seat?

After a week of attacking the proposals as paving the way for new taxpayer “bailouts,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor that he was “heartened to hear that bipartisan talks have resumed in earnest.” Later, after a meeting with fellow Republicans, he told reporters that while he believes that there are still serious flaws in the legislation, “I’m convinced now there is a new element of seriousness attached to this, rather than just trying to score political points. . . . I think that’s a good sign.”

The change in tone came as the Security and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs for allegedly defrauding investors continued to dominate headlines, underscoring public anger at Wall Street and reminding lawmakers of the potential consequences of inaction. In the corridors of the Capitol, members of both parties, as well as a sea of lobbyists from across the financial spectrum, jockeyed to shape key provisions of the wide-ranging legislation before it hits the Senate floor.

The massive bill put forth by Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) would create a new consumer protection bureau within the Federal Reserve to guard against lending abuses. It also would create oversight of the enormous derivatives market, reduce the regulatory powers of the Fed and give the government authority to wind down large, troubled financial institutions in an orderly way.

Half a dozen Republican senators met behind closed doors this week with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and raised their concerns about the bill, including its impact on community banks and small businesses, as well as whether its creation of a $50 billion “resolution fund” would open the door to future taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Democrats have been unwilling to alter the legislation without a guarantee that it would bring Republican votes.

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

Blanche Lincoln……..

This push back piece on the embattled Senator from Arkansas from Charles Lemos over @ MyDD.Com…..

Daniel recently took the Dog to task for not backing Halter…I gave my explanation which closely mirrors Lemos’s…..she works for the citizens of Arkansas…not a place to be a liberal Democrat….While the national media embraces Halter for his progressivism and liberalism ……I see Lincoln as a practical democrat working in the south….Right now she get’s nothing for being in tune with her state’s voters….such is the nature of the political beast…..

Here’s the beginning of the Lemos  piece….

Shaila Dewan of the New York Times has opted to throw Senator Blanche Lincoln a pity party bemoaning her primary challenge from Lt. Governor Bill Halter as well as the various Republicans lining to challenge her should she win the May 18th primary.

In a state where voters are known for valuing personal relationships over ideology, Mrs. Lincoln, a moderate Democrat, is in trouble even here in her own hometown, among those who attended high school with her or went hunting with her father. And her tenuous position shows just how dangerous a place the political middle has become.

Caught in a surge of antigovernment sentiment, Mrs. Lincoln has been blasted by conservatives for allowing health care legislation to proceed, and has already attracted a slate of potential Republican challengers. At the same time, in a state with a more centrist tradition than most others in the South, she has become a target of the left for opposing a government-run public health care option, easier organizing rules for unions and regulation to fight global warming.

Not only do polls show her behind several of the Republicans, she now also faces a challenger in the May 18 Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who has been championed by national liberal groups that have pledged to spend millions of dollars to fight her.

“I am the rope in the tug of war, folks,” Mrs. Lincoln told supporters in Little Rock last week.

It’s hard to have much sympathy for Blanche the bland. It’s a sad testament to the state of the nation’s politics if the definition of moderate is Blanche Lincoln. The liberal advocacy group MoveOn noted that Senator Lincoln  is “one of the worst corporate Democrats in Washington,” saying that she had taken $866,000 from insurance companies and over $1 million from Wall Street firms.

For the whole piece…..

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | | 7 Comments