Sunday, June 20, 2010
A sympathetic view of Blanche Lincoln's Arkansas Senate primary winI don't share Gene Lyons' particular perspective on whether it was a good idea for labor and other progressive groups to promote an unsuccessful primary challenge to Arkansas' Blue Dog Democrat Blanche Lincoln. But his observations are, as usual, worth noting (Why Lincoln Beat Halter Cagle Post 06/16/2010):
Simply and very broadly put, the race was viewed very differently inside than outside Arkansas. Pragmatism had a lot to do with it. For all the cultural conservatism of its largely rural and small town populace, the state hasn't yet adopted Southern-style Republicanism. At present, Arkansas' governor, both U.S. senators, and three of four congressmen are Democrats. Many would prefer keeping it that way.Tags: democratic party
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