He calls them “the teabag party,” actually, which I guess is slightly better than “teabaggers.” His hosannas to comparative Democratic unity and imminent Republican civil war come on a day when PPP, a lefty polling firm, declares that the top eight most vulnerable Senate seats next year are all currently occupied by Democrats. Not 24 hours ago, Rasmussen reported that Blanche Lincoln — a.k.a. vote number 60 on ObamaCare — trails four different Republicans in hypothetical match-ups, and there’s no mystery why:
Against all four Republicans, she leads by wide margins among those who favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. The senator even leads by a wide margin among those who Somewhat Oppose the legislation. But among those who Strongly Oppose the health care plan, Lincoln trails every potential Republican challenger by more than 50 percentage points.
The really bad news for Lincoln is that 56% of Arkansas voters Strongly Oppose the congressional health care plan. Just 18% Strongly Favor it.
Translation: Unless Lincoln’s counting on those “corrosive” tea partiers to alienate the entire Arkansas electorate, her choice is between voting no or committing political suicide. I hope for his sake that Dingy Harry has vote number 61 tucked away somewhere safe.
The funniest line here is at the very beginning when Kaine touts the fact that the crazy wingnuts chased Arlen Specter right into their camp. Meanwhile, not only is Specter facing a serious primary challenge in the supposedly unified Democratic primary, but Barney Frank endorsed his opponent just this afternoon. As, no doubt, will lefty leviathans like MoveOn that are currently busy “mobilizing” against the Democratic president and organizing primary challenges for a host of other Blue Dogs who failed the public-option litmus test. All hail unity!