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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Joyful Repubs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM

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Republicans are atwitter today because the same polling outfit that said Rush Limbaugh is the opinion leader in Arkansas is saying poll numbers tomorrow will show U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln trailing -- if within the margin of error -- TWO Republican candidates despite their scant name recognition.

I'm not sure I give full credit to these telephone poll numbers. Incumbent dissatisfaction I get. But Lincoln anger at anybody-but-Blanche-no-matter-how-unknown-or-nutty insurrection level? It doesn't figure.

Whatever, it's probably past time  for Lincoln to take a page out of Mark Pryor's book and begin reminding Arkansas voters with some heavy TV that, at a minimum, she's a friendly, hard-working mom who's looked after farmers. A scary feminist lib? Not hardly. She's a pleasant and gracious person with a good personal touch who doesn't take herself too seriously. I think -- selfishly, of course --  she'd be a stronger candidate as the solid populist/progressive (save on guns), who beat Bill Alexander 18 years ago, rather than as a mushy middle of the roader.

Republicans are licking their chops. National Repubs -- such as Sarah Palin champion Bill Kristol -- are touting a Harvard educated Army vet who hasn't lived here in years, but who is aching to move home as soon as his tour ends in the fall to start running. Mike Huckabee will endorse Curtis Coleman, a former campaign supporter (and beneficiary of state help during the Huckabee era) who has the added benefit of a Huckabee on his campaign staff. There's Sen. Kim Hendren, who seems bent on a low-cost run for the votes of Benton County (enough for a GOP primary win, perhaps). There are several other potential newcomers. And then there's state Sen. Gilbert Baker, who was going to run, wasn't going to run and now seems likely to run after all. Has anybody else put forward a coherent game plan and a bank account to sell it? No, and those are key factors encouraging Baker's entry. We may find out around Labor Day, when, if all goes well, I'll be in Tijuana stocking up on cheap prescription medications to take back to a country in which -- impoverished Arkies apparently believe -- the health care system is perfectly fine.

Time for Blanche to start running and running scared.

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