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Re: “The U.S. Senate race shapes up — deja vu all over again

Substance of my argument = the Republicanization of Arkansas. Deal with it.

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Posted by Blant Hurt on 09/10/2015 at 12:20 PM

Re: “The U.S. Senate race shapes up — deja vu all over again

My point is not a narrow one about how many times Obama has visited Arkansas. It's a larger point about the narrowness of Barak Obama as the President of the Entire United States.

Bill Clinton was as comfortable in the boonies of Arkansas as he was at a fancy dinner party in Manhattan. The genius of Bill Clinton is that he can relate to both rednecks as well as the East Coast elites. Obama can't relate to many Americans and he doesn't even try. For many of us, he might as well be President of Martha's Vineyard.

And that's why Obama is not popular in Arkansas, as well as in many other places throughout the United States. And that's why he's the greatest gift to the Republican Party in a long, long, long time.

4 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Blant Hurt on 09/10/2015 at 11:59 AM

Re: “The U.S. Senate race shapes up — deja vu all over again

As far as the tiresome Republican response of “Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama…” is concerned, let me just say that the lousy support for the President Obama in Arkansas is well earned. At least Bill Clinton tried, and certainly did, connect with the kinds of people who live in Arkansas and throughout the South. I once encountered him after he’d spent three days campaigning up in the Ozarks (around Hardy). His voice was raspy from all the talking he’d done and he was clearly worn out from his exertions. I overheard him say to an aide that “there are three million people in Arkansas and two million of them are rednecks.” But at least Bill Clinton made a near-heroic effort!
President Obama has largely written off the state of Arkansas – and indeed vast swaths of the United States – as ignorable red state hinterland. His only visit to our state was to try to bolster Mark Pryor’s campaign. President Obama is of the world of places like Harvard and New York City and Washington and Hawaii, not the University of Arkansas and Pine Bluff and Mountain Home . He has little respect, or regard, for most of the people who live in Arkansas and, rightly, most of us have little regard for him-- and our sour view of him has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin but everything to do with his attitude, his rhetoric, his actions, and his policies. When it comes to Obama’s lack of popularity in Arkansas, is anyone surprised that he -- and his party -- are reaping what he has sown? Moreover, the Republican party, which is known to be the second smartest political party in America, are, for once, wise to bang this “Obama, Obama, Obama…” drum as loudly as possible whenever any Democrat runs for any office higher than city dog-catcher.

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Posted by Blant Hurt on 09/10/2015 at 10:26 AM

Re: “Even one bright spot for Democrats — Clarke Tucker — hints at realignment

"You might as well ask what if Arkansas was more like Hillcrest."

Max, if that were true, then we wouldn't need Vermont. Or Cambridge, Massachusetts. Or Berkeley, California... Arkansas would be a liberal's heaven and Dale Bumpers would be our god.

I spent some time in Hillcrest a few weeks ago (pre-election) and, judging from the yard signs, it was an entirely Republican-free zone. Hilarious to think that now (post-election) all of those Hillcresters--the entire fantastic, charming neighborhood--is governed by Republicans at practically every level of statewide and national office. Just comical.

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Posted by Blant Hurt on 11/05/2014 at 2:44 PM


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