Red Dawn in Arkansas
Arkansas Senate Race Reflects State’s Political Switch
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  • Pete

    Let’s hope Pryor loses big and the Senate is freed from the hands of Dingy Harry Reid.

  • Tom

    This article is really missing the historical context for this–specifically, the long decline of the Democratic Party in the South, begun with the Civil Rights Movement, when the Democrats became the party of big government and desegregation, and thrown into overdrive when the Democrats went even further leftward. Local Democrats survived because they were more conservative than their party counterparts–an Arkansas Democrat is a Massachusetts Republican, ideologically speaking.
    However, as national politics gets ever closer to the local level, this is no longer a sufficient defense. The South will be Republican for a very, very long time.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Even though Bill Clinton is white and Barack Obama is black—-not an insignificant matter in Arkansas—–people do not go from admiring Bill’s politics to despising Barack’s politics without a LOT of spinning from the far right. The disinformation machine is more effective than anyone thinks

    • Tom

      Because, as we all know, there is absolutely no difference between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama either in terms of political skill or policy ideas.
      And the “favorite son” effect had nothing to do this at all.
      Nope, it’s just racism and Fox News. Move along, nothing to see here.

      • FriendlyGoat

        It’s true that Obama, so far, has not been the subject of sex scandals in office, while Clinton masterfully used that special skill set to the questionable effect of electing George W. Bush over Al Gore. So, yeah, I’d concede that degree of difference, for sure.

        But I won’t agree with you that Fox News, talk radio, Mike Huckabee, all the king’s horses and men in political advertising (from Citizens United), and legions of pastors misled about the real effects of tax cuts, are “nothing to see, here”.

        • Tom

          Because, as we all know, Bill Clinton’s stupidity came out before the 1996 election.

          • FriendlyGoat

            You’re saying Arkansas turned deep red before 1996?

          • Tom

            No, I’m not, and am coming to the conclusion that I need to start saying when I’m being sarcastic, the fact that what I said was obviously wrong being apparently insufficient to get the point across.
            What I am saying is that your remarks regarding Clinton’s sex scandal as opposed to Obama’s squeaky clean personal life are irrelevant to the discussion, seeing as Clinton’s stupidity in this regard did not happen until after he had been re-elected.

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