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Bill Halter hits Blanche Lincoln on TARP

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is going after Sen. Blanche Lincoln on her 2008 vote in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in a new ad in their Democratic primary race.

In the commercial, Halter accuses "Washington and Wall Street" of lining "their pockets with insider deals and stick[ing] Arkansas families with the bill." While Halter doesn't mention TARP by name, a headline from the New York Times that reads "Congress approves $700 billion Wall Street bailout" is shown on the screen for the second half of the ad.

Lincoln voted for TARP in 2008 as did the vast majority of her Democratic colleagues. She is, however, the only pro-TARP lawmaker on the Democratic side who faces a serious primary challenge in this election cycle.

(A total of seven Democrats voted "no" on TARP: Sens. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jon Tester of Montana and Ron Wyden of Oregon.)

As we noted last week, Republican incumbents from Utah to Arizona to Texas have struggled to deal with the fallout from their TARP vote in 2008 as it is has become symbolic of overreach by the federal government.

While most political analysts have their eye on unemployment numbers or who voted for/against President Barack Obama's health care bill, it may be that the "yes" votes on TARP are the key to understanding where the anti-incumbent sentiment in the electorate will be targeted.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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False charges of racism are ACTS OF RACISM AGAINST WHITES.

It is a sad commentary on what has gone on this week in this country.


If everytime Obama gets into political trouble, the subject quickly changes to racism - WITH FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM COMING FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MESSAGE MACHINE, this country is in trouble.

Even after the calls for restraint last week, editorials came out, and bloggers continued this UGLY CONFRONTATIONAL AND FALSE LINE OF ATTACK.


False charges of racism are ACTS OF RACISM AGAINST WHITES.





Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Lieutenant Governor Halter is a Democrat and is running to the left of Senator Lincoln.

You would think, from reading postings on this blog, that he is a card carrying member of the Tea Party.

This only shows that many of the people who post on this blog are left wing fanatics!

Posted by: mwhoke | March 29, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

TEA Party and Club for Growth are the Democrats' best friends.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 29, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse


The least that can be said is broadwayjoe and his friends on this blog are NOT SEEKING TO IMPROVE RACE RELATIONS - INSTEAD THEY ARE INFLAMING THE SITUATION.

This behavior is a disgrace.

I guess they have thrown out the idea of being "post-racial" - because what they are doing is RACIAL.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse


broadwayjoe's is again postings today HATE SPEECH - complete with SEXUAL SLURS.

Posting today at 7:11 include outright falsehoods - and false charges of racism

These false charges are not directed at a few - but all members of the Tea Party Movement.

Specifically postings yesterday of HATE SPEECH at 3:16 pm and 2:57 pm and 2:41 PM

These attacks are getting out of hand - they are false -


Also Andrew Breitbart says he was threatened.

Also, the FBI arrested someone who had threatened Republican Rep. Cantor.

broadwayjoe should be BANNED.

If these ATTACKS are not against the rules - what could be?

Why is broadwayjoe allowed to post SEXUAL SLURS ON A DAILY BASIS - WHEN RACIAL SLURS ARE NOT OK ???





Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Hollywoood is speaking out...finally.

From reporter Deborah Dupre:

"Los Angeles filmmaker, Robert Greenwald and his Brave New Foundation has joined the recent anti-racism actions in attempt to halt Republican supported Tea-Party extremists increasingly adopting overt, extremist racism. Neo-Nazis started the Tea-Party movement, unbeknown to many "Patriots" attending its meetings and events.

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think," Adolf Hitler once said."

As for the topic of the day, "Bill Halter," well, er, he has 10 letters in his name. Seriously, is this the Washington Post, or the Arkansas Post Gazette?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 29, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Here is an another example of TARP posing, this laughable (Republican) person is attacking Ron Wyden in re TARP, even though Wyden voted against it!

Posted by: shrink2 | March 29, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

You are aware that RNC funds are from PRIVATE donations vs. public taxpayer funds for the other jet-setting African-American in the news today, right? Why no mention of that much-larger line item?


This is, what, the tenth time you've posted this non-point?

Why don't you stick to the "if anyone wants ... let me know" format, it doesn't get any responses either but most readers here can apprehend that it's useless garbage quickly and scroll past to something worth the time to read.

George Bush had AF1 and Secret Service too, you know. And he even used teleprompters.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

No, sadly, you can't get all these baggers and socios. DHS's Janet Napolitano said this was coming but the MSM shot her down. The MSM said these mentals were protesting taxes or anti-government. Yeah, right. After the spitting and the bricks through the window, those bogus "cover issues" don't quite cut anymore. Thankfully, outside Drudge/Fix World, writers like Eugene Robinson, Frank Rich, Joan Walsh are calling out these white nationalist lunatics.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 29, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse


You are aware that RNC funds are from PRIVATE donations vs. public taxpayer funds for the other jet-setting African-American in the news today, right? Why no mention of that much-larger line item?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

NYT has pics of the eight Hutarees in custody.

They look like they were born to take part in a police lineup.

Their belief that blowing up a bunch of cops at the funeral of another would lead to a revolution was absolutely nutty, but what else could anyone expect from a pack of fundies?

The FBI got this one. They won't get them all.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Already the end of 2009, 67 recipients had repaid all or part of the TARP bail-out money, totalling more than $165.2bn.

Now the US is selling its 27% stake in Citi, netting an $8b "profit". This bank's toxic assets would have been dumped into the market had the bank folded and we would still be in a deep economic depression.

Sure the AIG losses (and GM losses) may have hurt the deficit. It was a bad scene, really bad, but it could have been worse, much worse, much, much worse.

So, why would Ds strike woulda, coulda, shoulda poses around TARP?

That kind of BS is for Republicans.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 29, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, mark_in_austin, for posting on topic. This thread is about DEMOCRAT Bill Halter going after fellow DEMOCRATS Blanche Lincoln (not internecine fighting among Republicans ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Teabag madness:

Bagger hate fest on Capitol Hill.

Bagger threats not to participate in the census. (Let's see how that works out for you. LOL)

Bagger plot against GOP Congressman Kantor.

And now:

"DETROIT — Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia that was preparing for the Antichrist were charged with conspiring to kill police officers, then kill scores more by attacking a funeral using homemade bombs, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The Michigan-based group, called Hutaree, planned to use the attack on police as a catalyst for a larger uprising against the government, according to newly unsealed court papers. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said agents moved quickly on the group because its members were planning a violent mission sometime in April.

Members of the group, including its leader, David Brian Stone, also known as "Captain Hutaree," were charged following FBI raids over the weekend on locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Seven people were arraigned in Detroit on Monday, and another one of Stone's sons, Joshua, is being sought."

Captain What???

Tea bag madness continues. Now back to the Bill Halter story...Sorry for the interruption.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

AndyR posted:

"I hope Lincoln crushes this guy."

I, too, now that he has worn his colors.

The relatively far left and the relatively far right again prove to have much in common:
soundbite simplicity, blaming others, and pandering to the least common denominator.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 29, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

absolutely proud to declare that I was a Hillary delegate; our great SOS. She is a liberal? what a frekin joke. Like millions of Clinton supporters I woke up in time to see the real John McCain for what he is, the moment he thrust the quitter on this country. He now thinks the failed governor of Alaska will save his backside. We will see.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Rasmussen looks to have Hayworth w/i the margin of error, this is not from jake's highway poll:

"Rasmussen poll: McCain vs. Hayworth race tightens
The all-out Republican Senate slugfest between incumbent Sen. John McCain and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has tightened since Hayworth officially entered the race, a new Rasmussen Reports poll shows.

, R-Ariz., now leads Hayworth 48 percent to 41 percent, a much narrower margin than the previous Rasmussen poll in January that had McCain up by 22 percentage points. But an earlier poll from November showed the then-potential race even closer, 45 percent to 43 percent, although this month's result also falls within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

McCain lost five percentage points from his January standing of 53 percent; Hayworth went up from 31 percent to 41 percent."

does anyone here not believe that McCain is truly concerned about losing?

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost any expectation of being taken seriously when he unleashed that horrid Palin woman on our country.

Already in over his head, he's dug deeper with his infantile reponse to HCR passage "no cooperation for the rest of the year!" implying there had been any before. The man has the maturity of a seventh grader and should be put out to pasture.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1 You are a Hillary liberal so don't try to kid us.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1 You are a Hillary person so don't try to kid us.


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I will be in Sedona for 2 weeks proudly displaying my JD bumper sticker and putting in a few hours of volunteer time. Incidentally I briefly had a McCain sign in my front yard in 2008 so that is how much I have come to disrespect him. For once though you are likely right but I am shocked Hayworth didn't run for his old Congressional seat. Maverick, what a joke, McCain's become just another cheap politican who has no compass whatsoever.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

All of the polls are in McCain's favor too.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

There was no other choice, allowing those banks to go under would have been an international disaster with unintended consequences.

I am thankful that Dems at least put some regulation into TARP.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 29, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

yeah a drive down the highway is enough to be an expert in a state's politics.

Any wonder why JakeD needs to beg for responses?

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse


I was in Arizona over the weekend. There's no chance that McCain will lose that election.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I want the President to have Secret Service protection.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

many of us are are looking for JD to defeat the GOP standard bearer in the primary. Maybe Sen McCain can tell Az voters how he needs to suspend his campaign for a few days for a pressing Congressional vote.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

There are times I wish that TARP had not occurred. Imagine the pressure for financial reform if we had 20% unemployment and everyone's 401k wiped out. Now real financial reform seems to be on weak footing because I feel things did not get bad enough.

I also wonder if anyone of importance will ever go to jail over the mess.

In the end I am glad the intervention did occur, I am pissed that noone will probably go to jain over it.

Posted by: ModerateVoter | March 29, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"Health insurance premiums for young adults are expected to rise about 17 percent once they're required to buy insurance four years from now"

HC currenly is rising over 15% annually so 17% in 4 years, 4.25% annually would be a great deal. Thank you Ds.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Daily Diversions:

* 37th screams about sexual slurs against the tea party nuts, using an alternate meaning of "teabagger" that probably fewer than one in a hundred has heard of, and most of them from ... it being an alternate meaning for teabagger.

* Jake screams nonsensical outrage at the cost of the presidency, as though President Obama shouldn't have Air Force One or Secret Service protections. He should have to take the Metro. I guess you'd resent his wearing a bulletproof vest unless he paid for it himself, right, Jake?

Yeah, that party of ideas.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

apparently the TeaParty and GOP were ready to let the entire US Banking system collapse on Sept 15, 2008. Maybe the GOP and TeaParty should simply be called the Hoovervilles since they would have been comfortable letting us all live in them. All of these folks from the left and right who opposed TARP, are political cowards, not true patriots. They know that had TARP been voted down these same cowards would be the first ones complaining today how could you let our banks all collapse and let that happen to the US economy, you bunch of socialist.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Gee, with gun-toting deranged teabaggers running around loose Jake comes out against the President having Secret Service protections.

Candid admission that the GOP has no way back to the presidency, but a pretty sick thing to hope for.

Posted by: Noacoler | March 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Health insurance premiums for young adults are expected to rise about 17 percent once they're required to buy insurance four years from now. That estimate is from an analysis by Rand Health.

OUCH !!!!!





Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse


You are aware that RNC funds are from PRIVATE donations vs. public taxpayer funds for the other jet-setting African-American in the news today, right?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

wonder where these hollier than thou politicians from the left or right think our economy would be today had there not been TARP. The DOW has moved from a low of 6700 to close in on 11,000. We are set to register 200,000 new jobs this friday, and again do any of these idiots think any of that would have happened had our banks would have been allowed to fail. For those who claim they would never vote for a politician who voted for TARP, imho any politician D or R who opposed TARP, were looking out only for their political hide and not the economic well being of this country. While that may not be the politically correct position to take, it certainly is the responsible position for Rs or Ds.

Posted by: leichtman1 | March 29, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse


I assume that the TEA Party members will be holding Steele's feet to the fire too. There's another black man who is spending over $2 BILLION in private jets, limos, Secret Service, etc. Why no mention about that larger line item?

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why can't Republicans get rid of Michael Steele?

If you are trying to put the "fiscal responsibility" mask back on, this is just not helpful.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 29, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

As the following thread points out, TEA Party members are holding GOP legislators' feet to the fire (not LITERALLY, drindl) who voted for the bailouts too:

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 29, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I am just wondering here - how the SEXUAL SLURS against the Tea Party Movement are OK -

but the same people who use those Slurs go absolutely NUTS over racial slurs.

So which is it - One or the other - you can't have both.




Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's people are messing up the census."

I read a sad thing in the paper yesterday. They were covering the tea party in Searchlight, NV. They interviewed various attendees, a large number of whom were unemployed, many collecting social security and medicare. One guy was railing against the government in one breath, and talked about taking a job as a census worker in the next.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 29, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Obama's people are messing up the census.

How in the world are they supposed to be able to run a 3 Trillion dollar health care program when they can't handle a simple count from one to 300 million ???




Posted by: 37thand0street | March 29, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

'My 70% friend is not my 30% enemy....'

agree with everything you said, bondo. although TARP was began by bush, it is now tied around Obama, so I think it's a mistake to run against it, because as much as everyone hates it, it was necessary.

Halter should instead be focusing on the need to regulate the financial industry so it doens't happen again.

Posted by: drindl | March 29, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I think she should run an ad that talks about how the government is going to make about 8-9 billion off of Citibank alone, and has already made something like 30 billion off the fees that the banks that used TARP are paying back.

But then again maybe Mr Halter would have prefered a second Depression.

I hope Lincoln crushes this guy. I have heard nothing from him that I think is anything new or progressive. It sounds to me like he is running a campaign of "No". I guess it works for the GOP so why shouldn't a DailyKos backed hack like Halter adopt it.

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

As much as Blanche Lincoln annoys the crap out of me, I would rather not see her get primaried (is that a word? I guess now it is).

If you're going to have a big tent, it means having folks in your party who you disagree with. Otherwise you go for ideological purity and perpetual minority status in Congress.

My 70% friend is not my 30% enemy....

Posted by: Bondosan | March 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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