I must say I am very dissappointed that Blanche Lincloln survived her primary challenge by Bill Halter in Arkansas. Labor unions and national progressives like myself wanted to send a message to corporatist Democrats that we are not going to support Republican-lite candidates like Lincoln. That being said, neither candidate had much of a chance to beat the Republican challenger John Boozman because of the slow economic recovery and right wing leaning trend of the state of Arkansas.
Frankly, I'm not sure yet where I come down on the Arkansas general election. I definitely won't be sending any money to Lincoln the way I did for Halter. And I'm not even sure I would bother showing up to vote for her in November if I were a resident? Is it better for progressives and labor supporters to just stay home and let the Republican have the seat for six years or do we hold our noses and vote for someone who will stab us in the back every time one of her corporate donors says jump?
Also, I'd like to know if Halter is going to challenge the sleazy election rigging that happened at the last minute. Apparently, in one of Halter's strongholds, Garland county, only 2 of 40 polling places were opened for this runoff. Keeping most of the polling places closed forced Halter supporters to have to drive much much further and wait for hours in 90+ degree heat. Basically Halter got "Bubba'd". It'll be interesting to see what happens there.
I'm kind of sorry that the Sue the-chicken-lady Lowden lost. That "chickens for checkups" healthcare plan of hers was absolutely hilarious! The wingnuts in the Nevada state legislature even had to pass a law that people in chicken costumes where not allowed near the polling areas. Anyway, the teabagger candidate - Sharron Angle, seems to be even nuttier and probably easier to beat for Harry Reid.
Supposedly Angle is either a Scientologist or at least guilty of helping to pass legislation that introduced Scientology programs into Nevada prisons at the taxpayers expense. Personally I think all religion is absurd, but Scientology is especially bizarre. Although Mormonism isn't too far behind.
If Angle's Scientology kookiness isn't enough for you Angle has also spoken out strongly against fluoride, the substance known alternately for improving dental health and as a Communist plot to undermine Western democracy. Seriously, where do the teabaggers get these people? Some of the other bizarre positions Angle holds are that she supports bringing back prohibition and that doctors need to inform patients that abortion causes breast cancer. Anyway, it should be fun to watch the Reid campaign eviscerate this wackaloon.
Lastly, the incumbent governor Jim Gibbons lost his primary bid. This is too bad for the Dems because he would've been fairly easy to defeat. He had a tabloid personal life, an endless stream of gaffes and questionable appointments, and a lack of engagement even as the economic crisis worsened.
Overall, I think progressives did the best in California. Meg Whitman had to spend $80 million of her own money to win her primary and says she is willing to spend another $125 million for the priveledge of losing to Jerry Brown in the general for governor. And the disastrous former CEO of HP, Carly "Carlyfornia" Fiorina, also dipped into her personal fortune (i.e. golden parachute) for the right to square off against Barbara Boxer in the Senate race. Apparently, Republicans think whoever has the most money, is also the most qualified.