Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is casting herself as an “independent voice” in her Democratic primary fight against Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter, who has the backing of unions and liberal activists frustrated with Lincoln’s moderate positions.
Just this week, Lincoln launched a new television ad taking aim at the “bunch of Washington D.C. unions” running ads accusing her of siding with big business over middle class workers. A union-backed group called “Arkansans For Change” is behind those ads.
“I’m not working for them,” she tells viewers in her response ad. “I work for you.”
One union, the Arkansas AFL-CIO, is now hitting back at Lincoln for that claim, calling her “a hypocritical, flip-flopping D.C. politician.” The group has endorsed Halter.
“It’s easy for her to try to paint opponents as outsiders, but working class voters in Arkansas can see as well as anybody that she has turned her back on us,” Arkansas AFL-CIO President Alan Hughes said in a statement Wednesday.
I’ve been watching Lincoln flail around, and I have to say I just love seeing her adopt the rhetoric of our segregationist past. I’m waiting for her to call everyone supporting Halter “outside agitators.”
But more to the point, the delicate princes and princesses in the Senate have set their rules up so that no Senate election is just a state election anymore. In an era when one redneck luddite in any state can grind the agenda of the nation to a halt with a hold or a filibuster, there are no “outsiders” anymore. Change the Senate rules so that one hick can’t hold 300 million people hostage, and I’ll have some sympathy for you, Blanche.
Until then, suck on this:
It is time for Sen. Lincoln to go, the voters of Arkansas know it, and the only thing up for question is whether she is replaced by a good Democrat or a Republican.