Why Vic Snyder? UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why Vic Snyder? UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM

A state legislator calls my attention to an item about a coordinated National Republican Congressional Committee ad campaign trying to tie 17 Democratic members of Congress to the perceived evils of Speaker Nancy Pelosi in saying she was misled about the use of torture.

One of the 17 is U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder. Do Republicans perceive him as vulnerable in 2010 (not indicated so far by expressed interest in the race by Republican candidates)? He's said he's running again, though perhaps with somewhat less fervor than past campaigns given pressures of his recent family expansion. The Second District is viewed as a swing district by national Repubs apparently. But I think the local Republican belief is that a successful candidate must have some vote-pulling power in Pulaski County or the candidacy is futile. Cookie-cutter ideologues from the 'burbs generally do not.

UPDATE: Comes a responding e-mail from a reliable Republican source. In its entirety:

"French Hill."

I have a call in to Hill, a Bush I Republican whose Little Rock bank took root in, gasp, Hillcrest and whose family has pitched in on public education in Little Rock.

But I now have an outline of how the thinking goes. Hill would have stronger appeal than any Republican in Pulaski just about ever (Bud Cummins maybe excepted and not counting ancient Bethune days). Then you'd have Gilbert Baker running strong in the outlying counties against Blanche Lincoln to stir up more Republican votes for the rest of the ticket. Obama is no more popular in Arkansas today  than when he got thrashed in 2008 and some of his policies (with Democratic congressional support) seem ripe for exploitation.

Is all this a ticket to wins over a Democratic senator with lukewarm support and a distracted liberal congressman? Don't know, but it sounds like a game plan. (Yes, there's Kim Hendren and Curtis Coleman on the Senate side; money questions; pulling the trigger on a decision to run, etc. yet to be considered. But it's never too early to fire up speculation.)


Favorite

Comments (14)

Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-14 of 14

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • A blow to church school vouchers in Montana

    The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the state's constitution makes illegal voucher payments for students to attend religious-oriented public schools.
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • Hog linebacker arrested on drug, gun charges

    Demetrius Walker, a sophomore linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks, has been jailed in Washington County on charges of possession of marijuana and Xanax with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm (an AR-15 rifle with a loaded magazine.)
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • Teacher fair dismissal law apparently to be waived in Pine Bluff, too

    State Board of Education action to waive school standards law in the Pine Bluff School District may be broader than I indicated yesterday. But officials won't talk about it.
    • Dec 13, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation