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AR-Sen: Lincoln pulls it off

Senator Lincoln just showed that winning in today’s Democrat party is all about moving further to the left and supporting the public option, Card Check and cap-and-trade means sticking it to the unions and basically running against the most contentious parts of Obama’s extremist agenda.

Sure, it seems that Bill Clinton gave her some much-needed support at the eleventh-hour.  But the results are in and she ended up edging out an opponent who had the support of the unions and $10 million of their money, and was the lightning rod for the angry nutroots, who raised over $3 million for Bill Halter.

Maybe it’s not all about the money:

It’s a rejection of the ideas the unions are peddling. The unions wanted this election. Bill Halter, Lincoln’s Democratic primary opponent, is for card check. Lincoln is not. Card check is the unions’ signature issue.

This election is just weeks after big labor suffered another major loss. In Pennsylvania, big labor wanted Arlen Specter, offering money and institutional support. That didn’t matter to the voters, who elected not to send Specter back to Washington.

Ramesh Ponnuru:

Progressives inside and outside Congress said they would not accept a health-care bill without a public option—and then they folded.

The unions tried to take out Senator Lincoln, and failed. The Left campaigned against Rep. Jane Harman, and failed again. Democrats really shouldn’t worry about threats from their left.

Maybe Ponnuru’s comments are a bit simplistic, and we should remember that Arkansas remains a red state.

But since 2006, one of the most annoying mantras of the left has been how the country is moving towards a left-of-center nation, and that the nutroots and the left-wing of the Democratic party are the purveyors and in the vanguard of that movement.

Well, in Arkansas, despite millions spent by the unions and the concentrated anger of the left, the people of Arkansas who was pulling the strings in Halter’s campaign and woke up to reality.   The reality that unions don’t stand for the average American, that the nutroots are extremist dreamers, who want to take the country in a direction most Americans don’t want to go.

More importantly, as this is a defeat for liberals, it’s a defeat for Republicans too unless they can pull the upset come November.  Momentum is good, but victory is better.

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