I’m pissed. Boy am I pissed. Yesterday, Lincoln and Pryor both joined with the Republicans in filibustering the DREAM Act and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. It could have been a straight Republican vote that could have energized the base into fighting mode, but no, Blanche Lincoln has to be an asshole every time we turn around. And of course Pryor has to be her patsy. And there doing great work to contribute to the enthusiasm gap and depress Democratic activists and would be supporters all across the state and country. Think about it-if we had won this fight, or at least gotten through it with a straight Democratic vote, how much more excited would the base be?
Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor spit in the face of gay men and women not only risking their lives to serve their country but their dignity as well. They spit in the face of children brought to this country by no choice of their own who have been contributing to our economy…who are the very epitome of what this country is all about. They spit in the face of the military, who want these measures passed. Fuck ‘em. Neither one of them deserves reelection.
And it goes beyond that. Lincoln is poisoning the ticket, depressing the base and sucking the energy out of any attempt to resurrect the Democrat’s chances in this state. Every time we start to break against the tide and get our team altogether, she does something to poison the well again. If the losses are as big as many are predicting, every Democrat in the state should write her a big thank you note for being such a horrible senator. We tried to save the Democratic Party from itself in the primary, but they wanted to commit mass suicide by supporting Lincoln. They’re getting what they desserve, as much as I hate to say it.
That said, we can’t afford to abandon the whole ticket. We still need to try to minimize our losses in the House and to build the bench at the state level. It will be a sad day indeed if Lincoln’s toxins take out reform minded candidates like Pat O’Brien down ticket or turn the winds hard against Joyce Elliott and Chad Causey to cost us two whole House seats. Sad thing is, that’s what seems to be happening. Still, we have to fight against that up until the end of the election. Forget Lincoln, she’s a lost cause and she doesn’t want our votes. She made that perfectly clear yesterday. But let’s try to stave off total defeat. That’s still possible, but it gets harder and harder every day thanks to our pitiful representation in the U.S. Senate.
Oh and I called Blanche Lincoln’s office to make my feelings on this perfectly clear. I told the guy on the line that I was embarrassed that my senator voted with bigots, that she spit in the face of people doing the right thing despite the cost to themselves, and that I was a Bill Halter voter who Lincoln was making it clear she didn’t want to vote for her. I also wanted to know why she voted that way and he gave me the bullshit excuse that she supports both acts but doesn’t think they need to be in the Defense Appropriations bill. I asked him why she thought that way and he couldn’t give me an answer. So, if you’re as pissed as I am, why don’t you do the same thing. Give Blanche Lincoln a call and let her team know you’re pissed. Tell ‘em you voted for Bill Halter. Tell ‘em you might vote for John Gray or not vote at all. Anything to make her sweat and get whatever good we can out of her before her inevitable defeat. Here’s the contact info:
Let ‘em have it.