Okay, first off, it looks like Lincoln has received a helping hand from her Senate colleagues in her reelection campaign. Lincoln is now chair of the Agriculture Committee, the first Arkansan and the first woman to ever serve in that capacity. It’s a roll that will give her leverage not only in farming matters but also in a number of areas from food programs to the pour to forrestry issues. Not a bad way to strengthen your reelection hand. She certainly won’t be the first politician to use experience and seniority to her advantage in a campaign, and while it doesn’t always work it’s still pretty potent.
While we’re on the subject of Senator Lincoln, Laura sent me a great video of Lincoln getting mealy-mouthed when pressed on the public option. This is the kind of pressure Lincoln is going to have to receive if we’re ever going to move her. I am, admittedly, a little nicer to Lincoln than I am Mike Ross or Mark Pryor, in large part because I recognize that she’s a woman trying to survive in a boy’s club. But she still needs to be held accountable, and if she won’t vote for us, I say we don’t vote for her. Sound fair?