October 26, 2009

JUST AS WELL THAT HARRY'S GOING TO LOSE...:

Glimmering new dawn for the GOP: Obamacare could generate some negative coattails (Donald Lambro, 10/26/09, Washington Times)

One of the Senate Democrats who is on their party's vulnerable list is two-term Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln who is fast gaining a reputation as someone who has a hard time making up her mind on the issues now before Congress and sometimes saying the wrong things at the wrong time.

Recent polls report Ms. Lincoln is trailing her four strongest Republican rivals, including front-running state Sen. Gilbert Baker who was leading by 47 percent to 39 percent in the latest Rasmussen poll. "She has a history of being on one side, then on the other side of an issue. Couple that with the intensity of the health care debate in Arkansas, and it makes for a pretty dour political environment for her," said Clint Reed, a chief political adviser for the Baker campaign. [...]

Perhaps no other issue in the state has stirred its political passions as much as health care. Angry Arkansas voters packed Ms. Lincoln's town-hall meetings in August to rail against Obamacare, throwing her off-guard and on the defensive. At one point, she called the protesters "un-American," and was later forced to apologize.

The nearly $1 trillion cost of the Democrats' plan and the mushrooming debt remain major issues among voters, but also deep cuts in Medicare spending among the state's large number of retirees who fear it will reduce their medical benefits.

"Lincoln has two problems. First is the overall political environment and that Barack Obama didn't win the state," said senior elections analyst Jennifer Duffy at the Cook Political Report.

While the state's top elective offices are in Democratic hands, Arkansas supported Sen. John McCain last year by a lopsided 59 percent to 39 percent.


...it would be humiliating to return having just led his party back into the minority.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2009 6:09 AM
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