The eyes of the nation were focused on Arkansas as Blanche Lincoln, as expected, defeated Bill Halter in the run off election.
Lincoln tried hard to be a good party soldier and still not alienate the conservatives in her constituency. She had a mutually contrived confrontation with Obama at one of his health care promotions and publicly agonized over her decision, dragging it out to casting the deciding vote at the last minute.
It isn't too hard to capture the Lt. Gov seat here and Halter used it as a platform to try to launch himself into a bid for national elected office. Others, like Huckabee, have done this before.
Halter is an extreme progressive with a lot of money and a carefully groomed charisma. He hoped to ride the anti-incumbent wave against Lincoln to reach the Senate and position himself for a presidential bid. He couldn't be attacked on his record or positions as he hadn't any to attack. He had huge support from corporations and from unions as well.
So Lincoln will face Rep Congressman John Boozeman in the fall and there she will be defeated by the anti-incumbent mood of the voters and by her liberal track record. Arkansawyers have had a bellyfull of that.
Lincoln is pretty well finished politically unless she gets some sort of appointive office right away. It could happen as Obama owes her big time for that crucial vote.
Halter is back to square one and we might hope that's as far as he will ever get.
For now, good riddance to both of them.
Stick it in your ear PT.....
Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. If you do it today and like it you can do it again tomorrow.