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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday reading

Posted By on Sun, Apr 11, 2010 at 4:23 PM

The New York Times takes a look today the U.S. Senate race here in Arkansas, and what it means to be a Democrat.

Yet the very definition of the Democratic label is being tested in the Senate race in Arkansas, which has emerged as one of the most divisive primaries among Democrats as the midterm elections get under way.

Mr. Halter’s reluctance to fully embrace the left might ultimately make him a less-perfect standard-bearer than many liberals had hoped. But the campaign for the Senate seat held by Mrs. Lincoln — one that has been in Democratic hands for more than a century — is highlighting the divide between pragmatism, idealism and opportunity, as well as the tension between the continuity represented by incumbents and the change offered by challengers.

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