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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Conner Eldridge's echo: Where's the choice?

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click to enlarge NO OBAMAITE: Conner Eldridge.
  • NO OBAMAITE: Conner Eldridge.
Democratic Senate candidate Conner Eldridge clearly doesn't intend to get stuck in a President Obama bag.

In a statement released to the Associated Press, he channeled the incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman, whom he's challenging, by saying a Syrian refugee settlement program should be suspended. He says Congress should declare war on the Islamic state. He says ISIS should be "wiped off the face of the earth." He says President Obama has failed to show leadership in foreign policy. Oh, and of course he wants to "take the fight" to the enemy, but isn't ready to commit ground troops. We've been bombing the crap out of ISIS for months, a futile means of eradicating jihadists with soda can bombs if recent events are any measure. He says if we bring peace to Syria then everybody can go home. Refugee problem solved. I"m sure a few drone strikes can do that just as soon as we finish about five centuries of trying to pacify Afghanistan.

But never mind my grumpiness. Eldridge will raise little ire in Arkansas with such remarks, including among many Democrats. But he also won't shake loose a single Republican vote. And even if there really is a "Beebe voter" — nominally without party identification —  still reachable by a moderate conservative Democrat, what exactly does Eldridge have on offer that differentiates him from Boozman?

If anybody spots it, let me know. I'm mystified. The 30 percent Democratic base will have nowhere to go come next November regardless, but enthusiasm DOES count for something.

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