Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rationale wins over idealism in Arkansas senate race

Rationale wins out this time in Arkansas with Blanche Lincoln securing her spot as the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate race in November in Tuesday's run-off against Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter.  However, her Republican opponent has already had a 3 week headstart on her in the race after winning his race outright on May 18th.  According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Lincoln beat Halter by a 52-48 margin in the run-off. 

Meanwhile, a number of whiners including Rod McCullom of Rod 2.0, gawking at Lincoln as "conservative Democrat" along with her vote against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in 2008.  Reality check, she is a moderate meaning she will vote progressive sometimes but not all the time.  

As I refuted in March, rationale is what the majority of Democrats have to use to maintain power and push foward with a progressive agenda.  Expecting an overnight takeover and change of direction of Congress.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  Otherwise, electing a liberal group-supported candidate would have guaranteed a loss for in November.  Anybody with an inkling of political knowledge could have seen the Republicans using Halter's win via outside influence as a clear liability and tag to paint him as a 'liberal'.  Lincoln isn't perfect.  As a matter of fact, Lincoln has a lack of discernment on a number of economic and fiscal issues, but she at least has shown her ability to rationalize a moderate to progressive stance on social issues such as hate crimes legislation in these crucial times. 

That's the reality of things, you have to work with those who show willingness to support you instead of attempting to be vindictive.  As I've said time and time again, vindictiveness isn't going to win an election.

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