Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Blanche Lincoln ekes out a win

Not unexpectedly, the tradmed narrative is about anti-incumbent fever and the power, or lack thereof, of union support in Arkansas. But I saw this as the only race that really tested the power of the netroots. And yeah, they lost the race, but it was always a long shot and it was damn close. In a way it was a netroot success. Thinking Marc Ambinder got the message right.
But Netroots pressure and labor pressure DID work. It DID force Lincoln to introduce a tougher derivatives bill.
Most of the rest of the punditry seems to have forgotten that Lincoln was ready to sell out to the corporations and her numbers were tanking because of it. If she hadn't beefed up her bill, I believe the race would have gone the other way. So not a big victory, but still can be counted as a win I think. It established that the netroots power is still growing. The establishment will publicly dismiss it, but I think privately they'll be watching with new respect. It's a good start.

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Blogger Ruth said...

Have also seem a media spin that it was Women Candidate Day Tuesday. Absolutely, Lincoln got a rude awakening about her stands on issues, but that's beyond the ability of the press engine to register. That primary voters are mostly party regulars, and that polls in Halter's best county were closed almost entirely, didn't make it to the little minds of the villagers.

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

They let nothing interfere with their pre-determined narratives. Analyzing what really happened is hard work and facile commentary is mandatory to maintain their very cool status in the Village.

1:38:00 PM  

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