EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Blanche Lincoln Beats the Left
But the right will defeat Lincoln come November.
As Moe noted, Blanche Lincoln is the Democrats’ nominee in Arkansas. She is the incumbent the leftroots and SEIU tried desperately to defeat.
A White House official told the Politico,
“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toiled on a pointless exercise,” the official said. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.”
The left is out spinning ferociously now. Markos Moulitsas, whose DailyKos led the effort to defeat Lincoln, commissioned a poll showing Bill Halter would beat Lincoln.
He did not.
Now Moulitsas is saying Halter would have been a better nominee in the general election — something no polling except his own (the same one showing Halter would win the primary) has shown. Others on the left are claiming the primary challenge pushed Lincoln’s votes to the left in the Senate.
In fact, Lincoln was the first of the establishment Democrats to run to the right of Barack Obama and bash, in commercials, Washington and the Democrats. Her rhetoric saved her.
There are three important points that people need to pay attention to:
(1) Lincoln did not run as a moderate, she ran as a conservative oriented populist against Obamacare and the left.
(2) The SEIU and Leftroots poured millions into defeating Lincoln that cannot now be spent elsewhere. Meanwhile, online conservative activists have picked off Bob Bennett and picked up Nikki Haley, Maro Rubio, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Sharron Angle, and will continue winning.
(3) The online left has tried its best to destroy Rasmussen’s credibility. Meanwhile, Research 2000 gets another one wrong on behalf of the online left.