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Blanche Lincoln begins television ad campaign

Embattled Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) began her television advertising campaign today with a commercial that amounts to a defiant poke in the eye to the liberal left despite a serious primary challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

The ad, which was produced by Steve Murphy and Mark Putnam, portrays Washington as a classroom full of unruly children, throwing money around willy-nilly.

"This is why I voted against giving more money to Wall Street, against the auto company bailout, against the public option health care plan and against the cap and trade bill that would have raised energy costs on Arkansans," says Lincoln. "None of those were right for Arkansas."

The ad's tagline reaffirms Lincoln's general election messaging; "I don't answer to my party, I answer to Arkansas," says Lincoln.

It's an interesting strategy given the amount of attention -- and money -- Halter has gathered from the liberal left in the first few days of his campaign.

Polling done for the liberal Daily Kos blog -- admittedly no friend to Lincoln -- last fall showed her with a 42 percent to 26 percent edge over Halter in a primary matchup, a solid but not entirely secure lead for a two-term incumbent Senator.

This first ad, however, is very much a general election commercial -- touting Lincoln's willingness to break with Democratic orthodoxies for the good of the state.

Is Lincoln whistling past a primary political graveyard? Or is she simply playing the only card she has left -- that of a political independent who votes her conscience not her party?

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 4, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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"Polling done for the liberal Daily Kos blog -- admittedly no friend to Lincoln -- last fall showed her with a 42 percent to 26 percent edge over Halter in a primary matchup, a solid but not entirely secure lead for a two-term incumbent Senator."
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Polling for "liberal Daily Kos blog"? If the poll meets commonly accepted journalistic standards (which many of the polls cited in this space do NOT), why is the slant of the blog at all relevant?

We don't recall ever seeing references in this space to anti-BHO, rightwing, outlier Rasmussen polls. Never a mention of Rasmussen's alleged slant, which has been discussed in various articles and forums, including in a Politico.com article discrediting his polls. Good grief.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure if it were her fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton, she would support anything he proposed. It's just pure racisim. Good riddance Blanche!

Posted by: Shaun-kar | March 5, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

This is the only card she has left. She can not afford to move to the left to fend of Halter. If she does, she loses in November. She just has to hope she can hold off Halter while focusing on the general election.

Posted by: jameshauser | March 4, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I really like this commercial. I am not a Lincoln supporter, but this commercial is good. The only thing I would have changed would be to have her end the clip by saying, "I am Blanche Lincoln and I approved this message. I also swear that I have never had any sex with an intern or staffer."

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 4, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

The Pentagon is on lock-down after a shooting at the Pentagon Metro station.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Any reference to the irrelevant, bloviating David Blow-der automatically, in Rev. Wright's words, "invalidates" the poster. Look, in the Blow-der buy out, the Post complied with the "buy" part, part Blow-der won't comply with the "out" part.

Blow-der, wouldn't "the Villages" seniors resort be great about now?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 4, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse


“In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper,” Broder begins, “the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration despite everything that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, can do to make things right."


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This can only be settled with a series of cage matches in the newsroom of the Washington Post.


Chris - my money is on Broder to kick Dana Milbank's ass.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

jasondc1

I think you nailed it.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Blanche Lincoln is not playing her last card. She needs to use the story on Halter's latest gift from "liberal" organizations against him. Arkansans are conservative voters, and if she subtly portrays Halter as more liberal than Arkansas, she'll have plenty of leverage to win the AR primary. She's in a tough spot being a Democrat from a fairly conservative state. But Arkansas has been the last southern stronghold for Dems in recent years and I think she'll come out fine in the primary.

Posted by: jasondc1 | March 4, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama said in front of Congress - that the health care bill would not change the abortion law.


See pages 2069-2078 of the Senate health care bill.


Obama said that illegal aliens would not be able to buy insurance under the bill


They can


Obama said that the bill was "fully paid for"


ONLY IF YOU ARE IN THE ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT AT ENRON.


Obama LIED


Obama LIED


Obama LIED

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a COMPLETE LIE BY 37th'S PEOPLE!

EVERYTHING THEY

SAY

LOOK IT UP!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 4, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The only ones who really know what Blanche is for are those who tell her what to thnk and how to vote.

Just another DC lapdog.

Posted by: ascpgh1 | March 4, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

shrink2


Another unfortunate turn-of-phrase from you


It appears YOU have RACIST MOTIVES FOR YOUR SOCIALISM.

Case closed.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Sebelius also told ABC's "Good Morning America" that there will be no federal funding for abortion.

This bill does not change the status quo on abortion, she said."


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This is a COMPLETE LIE BY OBAMA'S PEOPLE


LOOK AT PAGES 2069-2078 OF THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL.


Obama is a LIAR.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Apparently she's against a lot of things, but what is she for? Negative campaigning rarely works this early in the game.

Posted by: wdague | March 4, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Apparently she's against a lot of things, but what is she for? Negative campaigning rarely works this early in the game.

Posted by: wdague | March 4, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Why don't the democrats just line up in a circular pattern and start shooting - get it all over with all at once ???

This slow implosion of the democratic party is GETTING REALLY UGLY TO WATCH.

Not that it isn't enjoyable - but at some point one likes to see the people in control of this country do the right thing for themselves - and the country.

These democrats can't even run their own party correctly. This is really pathetic.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"...the Democrat being more conservative (at least on social issues) than the Republican..."

Of course this used to be common in the Jim Crow South. How odd how the parties have changed, I won't say evolved, hot button issue that it is.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I can see why she's doing what she's doing, but I wonder if it's not going to come back to bite her later in the general. The argument would be, I suppose, why vote for a Democrat who acts like a Republican when you can just vote for a Republican?

What would be really crazy go nuts is if she -- or a comparably conservative Democrat -- actually drew a relatively liberal Republican as an opponent in the general. We had a local Statehouse race 'round these parts a few years ago that had a similar dynamic, with the Democrat being more conservative (at least on social issues) than the Republican, but it was in a heavily Republican district so the Republican candidate still ended up winning. Of course, I don't know who Blanche Lincoln will be facing in the general, nor do I expect the Republican candidate to be even remotely moderate, but it would be a heck of a thing to observe.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | March 4, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Is this the making of a reverse-Specter? It certainly looks that way. Lincoln should not expect the support of her party if she does not support the party herself.

Posted by: jaredwrightus | March 4, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"Is Lincoln whistling past a primary political graveyard? Or is she simply playing the only card she has left -- that of a political independent who votes her conscience not her party?"


False dichotomy. She's making a reasonable strategic decision to portray herself as the incumbent focusing on the problems of the day. It makes sense to me for the embattled incumbents to remind voters that serving in congress requires making decisions on real pieces of legislation, not abstract hypotheticals.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 4, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Blanche can't handle a bunch of little kids?
Too bad for the teacher who has to get that Kindergarten class back under control.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the commercial is pretty good. I have always thought that commercials with the candidate talking directly into the camera go farther than having a narrator talk about your initiatives. Also this commercial was subtly targeting mothers/women. She will need women to stand behind her in the primary and the general to win in november, but all in all this is a great start.
Mind you I think Lincoln is a pretty good senator. Plus she is doing what I think is her best strategy of shooting the middle of the political spectrum, so my take is somewhat biased.

I would suspect her to try and get her name on the bank reform bill as a cosponser with Bob Corker and Dodd so that she can pivot in about a month to talk about what she has accomplished (ie corinthian's comment).

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 4, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Lincoln is a Democrat in name only. While centrists and bi-partisanship are important to running the country, there is no reason for the DCCC or the White House to support a woman who votes against the party and brags about it.

Posted by: SCL24 | March 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

ANSWER: just whistling past a primary political graveyard.

Posted by: JakeD2 | March 4, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

All I see is against, against, against. That's not exactly leadership. What exactly is she FOR, and what has she personally accomplished? And most importantly, how does that make her good for Arkansas?

Posted by: thecorinthian | March 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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