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Friday, September 10, 2010

Dems whistle past graveyard

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 7:18 AM

Some Clinton-era Democratic political players are quoted here as saying the situation isn't as dire in 2010 as in 1994 when Newt's contract on America swept the Democratic majority out of Congress. I'll take hope where I can find it, particularly the idea that decisions aren't made until the final two months of campaigning.

Two questions:

1) Will Arkansas voters turn en masse to Republicans simply because they don't like the black man in the White House? Even, say, for land commissioner? What is it, exactly, that voters are voting FOR in such a decision?

2) Do the Democrats have any sort of cohesive response? On the national level, the focus on Republicans as the party of obstruction seems at least somewhat on point. If you're tired of gridlock, promoting the people who created it seems an unproductive strategy. But what about on the state level? I still like the idea of putting Dale Bumpers, David Pryor and Bill Clinton in a TV spot asking just what is so bad about Democratic leadership in Arkansas. But maybe I'm showing my age by saying this. Bill Clinton, the pup of the group, was last governor 18 years ago. Still, where we've had popular programs in Arkansas, Republicans generally stood in the way, certainly when it came to paying for them. Mike Beebe still enjoys positive feelings in Arkansas, too. (Though, in a tangent, I have to comment that the early going in the federal trial over the Conway Human Development Center seems to be heading to yet another negative recommendation on state human services, where entrenched bureaucrats are defending, poorly, the indefensible way we've always done things.)

Maybe President Obama is onto something.

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