Republican poll says Mark Pryor in trouble; a tossup at least | Arkansas Blog

Friday, August 2, 2013

Republican poll says Mark Pryor in trouble; a tossup at least

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has released a poll of 1,600 Arkansans that it says shows U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is in trouble in his re-election bid.

I'd be the last to suggest he doesn't face a tough battle.

But .... The poll says 47 percent will vote Republican in the Senate election regardless of candidate and, surprise, 47 percent also don't think Mark Pryor should be re-elected.

Elections are about choices, however.

A significant element omitted from this poll is a matchup of Mark Pryor against a Republican candidate.

I've mentioned previously that a labor-friendly group has a poll that shows Pryor leading Tom Cotton 43 to 35.

The polls aren't as dissimilar as either side might lead you to believe. Pryor doesn't have majority support. Neither does an unnamed (and thus baggage-free) Republican. The fight is for the sliver undecided. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

BACK TO THE ARCHIVES: The Daily Caller continues to unearth writing by Tom Cotton during his student days at Harvard. Conservative, conformist, authoritarian. Perfect Republican, in other words.
  • BACK TO THE ARCHIVES: The Daily Caller continues to unearth writing by Tom Cotton during his student days at Harvard. Conservative, conformist, authoritarian. Perfect Republican, in other words.

SPEAKING OF TOM COTTON: More today from writers mining the opinion columns Cotton wrote as a Harvard undergraduate. He didn't like campus radicals much, a good thing, according to a conservative admirer. He seemed to fault Harvard for failing to "tame the barbarians."

Here's Tom Cotton, too, on Bill Clinton's "degeneracy." In commenting on the Lewinsky affair:

The truth will emerge, and the truth is that Clinton had a sexual relationship with Lewinsky, which of course means that Clinton lied to the American people last Monday when he looked into the camera, stuck out his chin, shook his finger and denied the allegations. When faced with that undeniable reality, Americans must respond in one of two ways.

Clinton may lose his support, which means trouble for him. Or Clinton may retain his support, which means trouble for us. If we continue to ignore Clinton's degeneracy, the real story then becomes our degeneracy. A self-governing people that cannot make the most obvious and rudimentary moral judgments about such matters and its rulers may not be self-governing much longer.

We do know what choice voters made. And it wasn't on the side of those who'd take food from the mouths of poor children.

The friendly piece on Cotton's time at Harvard was prompted by another critical piece in the Daily Caller.

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton, who announced this week that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, attacked alcohol vendors, called for mandatory financial disclosures of campaign donations, favored banning cigarettes, and attacked libertarianism while he was a Harvard student.

In a twice-weekly column for the Harvard Crimson, Cotton — who has been called a “Republican’s dream” by National Review and an “extraordinary figure” by the Weekly Standard — criticized politicians for not doing enough to oppose tobacco and wrote a laudatory 1996 piece praising Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation