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Bill Clinton's Arkansas: A Red State He Would Not Recognize
Politics Daily ^ | Suzi Parker

Posted on 11/04/2010 8:46:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Arkansas, you run deep in me.

That's a line from the state song. But this week, red ran deep in this Blue Dog state that is just this side of wacky. No doubt, Bill Clinton has to be crying somewhere. His home state slipped completely down the rabbit hole.

On Tuesday night, Democrats were hyperventilating as the party lost several state offices along with two congressional seats, seven state senate seats and 16 state house seats. Both houses of the state legislature remain Democratic, but some Democrats are worried that a few conservative colleagues might flip Republican in exchange for committee chairs once the session starts in January. If that happens, Republicans would be the majority for the first time since the Reconstruction Era.

For decades, Republicans were tucked away in northwest Arkansas near the Oklahoma and Missouri borders. Occasionally, one of the rascals would pop up in central Arkansas like in the 1980 gubernatorial race when the late businessman Frank White challenged one-term governor Clinton and won. Mike Huckabee succeeded in the 1990s, but the state remained a conservative shade of blue for the most part. This week the map changed to neon red, flashing a warning to Democrats as they regroup for 2012.

It was no surprise that Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln lost to her GOP challenger, Rep. John Boozman. But the state that gave the country its first elected female senator -- Hattie Caraway -- in 1938 now has no female representation in Washington. In fact, the state only has Martha Shoffner as its treasurer with a handful of women winning legislative seats. But Lincoln's race was predictable compared to many others.

In Hot Springs, where Clinton graduated from high school, voters chose a dead Republican over a living, breathing Democrat in a state house race. Kevin Crass died last week from a heart attack, but that didn't stop voters from checking the box for him. Now, a special election will be called.

In another county near Little Rock, a Republican who struggled with a hot check history and an outstanding tax lien during his campaign defeated the longtime Democratic prosecuting attorney whose office prosecuted the hot check cases.

Usually Arkansas' secretary of state races are a boring blowout for Democrats. Even when former first lady Janet Huckabee was the GOP nominee in 2002, few fireworks ignited. This year, the race pitted two candidates with popular, famous names against each other. Republican Mark Martin, a businessman, shared his name with a famous Arkansas race car driver. Democrat Pat O'Brien, a well-known and popular county clerk in Little Rock, was seldom confused with the New Orleans bar with the same name. Martin upset O'Brien in a race that lasted long after the chips had become stale at their watch parties. Amazingly, one of the most popular governors in the country, Democrat Mike Beebe, held on to his seat by a wide margin. But in another stunner, Mark Darr, a political novice who owns a pizza parlor, upset longtime legislator Shane Broadway to become lieutenant governor. Democrats remember that is the seat from which Huckabee began his political career back in 1993 and moved up when Gov. Jim Guy Tucker resigned in the wake of Clinton's Whitewater scandals. Blue Dog Rep. Mike Ross will now be the sole Democrat in the state's congressional delegation. He ran against Beth Anne Rankin, a former Miss Arkansas (1994) and Huckabee staffer who channeled Sarah Palin by upsweeping her red hair, donning rimless glasses and posing with a big gun. The makeover didn't work, but Rankin will no doubt resurface again in Arkansas politics. At least a few shining moments exist in Clintonland this week. Voters chose to allow two dry counties to sell alcohol. Depressed Dems can now find a new watering hole or two to visit. One of the counties also happens to be home to one of the biggest Ku Klux Klan organizations in America. Then there's the on-going Clint McCance saga. Most of the state's politicians didn't say much about the now ex-school board member's gay tirade on Facebook. But leave it to a popular gay Star Trek actor, George Takei (Sulu in the original TV series), to say what politicians wouldn't. In a viral video, he takes McCance down a peg or three. Arkansas runs deep in Takei, too. During World War II, he and his family stayed in a Japanese internment camp in south Arkansas. Something is now brewing in this state that Takei briefly called home in the 1940s. It's now a place where some conservative Democrats will use God, guns and gays to take out a liberal Democrat. That was ammunition once reserved for the right-wing contingent from northwest Arkansas. In past years, independent voters usually trend Democratic. They didn't in this election. Bill Clinton also once had an influence. Not so this year. Scholars say that the Democratic Party could come back stronger in the next few election cycles. Then again, red runs deep here now.


TOPICS: Arkansas; Parties; State and Local; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2010; arkansas; democrats; obama
Boo-hoo!
1 posted on 11/04/2010 8:46:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yea my home has finally left the Confederate Democrats and entered the 21st Century. About time!!!!!


2 posted on 11/04/2010 8:59:32 PM PDT by therut
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“But the state that gave the country its first elected female senator — Hattie Caraway — in 1938 now has no female representation in Washington.”

Ah, I get it. It’s conservative now, so it’s sexist. Thanks, Suzi (of whatever rag this is from). LOL.

BTW, which party backed by what movement ran the high profile female candidates? And which party sexualizes and denigrates the other party’s women candidates? Uh huh.

PS Good find, 2nd...


3 posted on 11/04/2010 9:12:16 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: therut
When I was a page in the house, there was one Republican in it.
4 posted on 11/04/2010 9:13:06 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In Hot Springs, where Clinton graduated from high school, voters chose a dead Republican over a living, breathing Democrat in a state house race.

In another county near Little Rock, a Republican who struggled with a hot check history and an outstanding tax lien during his campaign defeated the longtime Democratic prosecuting attorney whose office prosecuted the hot check cases.

Gotta love Arkansas.

Dead Republicans beating live Democrats. Republican hot check writers beating Democrat hot check prosecutors.

Apparently Arkansas voters know which party and which philosophy is Marxist and unelectable.

Meanwhile the wussified folks in Deleware, Nevada and Alaska think that teenage witch craft, illegal immigration adds and comments about German wall security are things that make somebody unelectable.

Damn, folks in Arkansas have become more civilized than the rest of us.

5 posted on 11/04/2010 9:17:30 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: FreeReign

“Meanwhile the wussified folks in Deleware, Nevada and Alaska think that teenage witch craft, illegal immigration adds and comments about German wall security are things that make somebody unelectable.”

yeah...after all that is said and done, one would vote to cut taxes and spending and the other would raise taxes and spending.


6 posted on 11/04/2010 9:24:56 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Ding dong the Pelosi is gone!)
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To: ari-freedom
yeah...after all that is said and done, one would vote to cut taxes and spending and the other would raise taxes and spending.

Not exactly.

The Republican party is a mixed bag.

The Democrat party is the party of death, enslavement and the capitulation of sovereignty. Its cause is devised by Marxists, advanced by liars, and assisted by fools and idiots.

Any candidate who runs for such a party should be unelectable.

7 posted on 11/04/2010 9:48:14 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will they close the “double wide” library????


8 posted on 11/04/2010 9:53:28 PM PDT by Pit1 (Conservatives talk. "CUT SPENDING - UNSHACKEL BUSINESS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“You should put some ice on that.”
9 posted on 11/04/2010 11:03:04 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The reason Arkansas remained a Democrat stronghold for so long is the liberal Huckabee lading the Republicans.


10 posted on 11/05/2010 12:51:02 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark; Clintonfatigued; Impy; darkangel82; Crichton; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

Bingo. Beebe has done more for the AR GOP as a Democrat than Huckster did for it as a Republican. Now that we’ve got a farm team going, hopefully that phony will never be heard from again in state politics.


11 posted on 11/05/2010 2:49:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: iowamark; Clintonfatigued; Impy; darkangel82; Crichton; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy

Also, if I have the numbers correct, barring any Dem party switches, as of January, we will be at 18D-15R in the State Senate and 56D-44R in the State House, so we could have a majority by 2012. These are the numbers we should’ve had close to a decade ago, which Huckster’s incompetence stopped cold (and indeed, he caused our numbers to drop after 2000, not to rise again until 2008).


12 posted on 11/05/2010 2:56:33 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Suzi Parker got her start here in Arkansas writing paid obituaries for the Democrat-Gazette.


13 posted on 11/05/2010 3:07:53 AM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: mozarky2

There’s a KKK organization in Arkansas....and even she wrote that the state was almost ALL DEMOCRAT! The KKK was ALWAYS for Democrats!!


14 posted on 11/05/2010 4:37:06 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

fieldmarshaldj, do you know if Donna Hutchinson, first wife of Tim, is still in the legislature after this recent election? Tim did a great deal to build up and then tear down the AR GOP.


15 posted on 11/05/2010 6:04:52 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Ann Archy

In 1922 or so, some Democrat started a rumor that President Harding had joined the KKK. And the KKK voted for the Republican candidate for governor in TX in 1924 though George C. Butte, who lost to “Ma” Ferguson, was also anti-Klan. Butte has a most interesting life story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_C._Butte


16 posted on 11/05/2010 6:10:02 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Rush was right when he said America may survive Obama but not the Obama supporters.)
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To: Ann Archy
I never knew there was a KKK in AR until I saw a sign south of Branson, MO several years ago showing they had adopted a stretch of highway to keep clean. :0)
17 posted on 11/05/2010 6:11:38 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: Theodore R.

Yes, Donna Hutchinson (98th Dist.) was reelected to a 3rd and final term on Tuesday.


18 posted on 11/05/2010 6:14:41 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: seemoAR

Are you SERIOUS???? The KKK is EVIL and VILE....typical Democrats.


19 posted on 11/05/2010 7:09:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

What did I write that was not serious? All I wrote was the truth.

By the way, what group, the Black Panties or the KKK, do you consider to be the greater danger to the US?


20 posted on 11/05/2010 8:49:26 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: FreeReign
Damn, folks in Arkansas have become more civilized than the rest of us.

See, that's what happens when I move to a new state. ;) It only took me a few years, too.

Maybe we don't have any females representing us at the national level, but my representative in the state legislature ran unopposed and just secured a second term. She is a strong pro-life, small gov't, pro 2A kind of gal. She lives in our neighborhood and is a nice looking brunette (us conservative brunettes seem to be the hot ticket right now).

Alas, now that I've straightened out Arkansas, I'll be moving on to Ohio around the end of the year. I hear they're already cleaning their political house for me, LOL.

21 posted on 11/05/2010 8:59:16 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; goldstategop; parsifal

Nice. Got closer than I thought in ARK.

In WV GOP gained in the House but lost 2 Senate seats.


22 posted on 11/05/2010 5:10:58 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March; parsifal

Hey Art have you heard from our democrat friend Parsifal? He hasn’t posted since May.


23 posted on 11/05/2010 5:12:11 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; fieldmarshaldj

A dead REPUBLICAN finally won something? Cool.


24 posted on 11/05/2010 5:14:29 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Gee the only statewide races the rats won ‘sides Governor were the 3 where no Republican ran against 2 incumbents and the outgoing Sec of State who ran for Auditor.


25 posted on 11/05/2010 5:19:08 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: piytar

Meanwhile, Vermont, arguably the most liberal state in the country, has NEVER sent a woman to Washington.


26 posted on 11/05/2010 5:21:15 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: razorback-bert

Why do you think Arkansas stayed Democratic while the rest of the south went GOP.


27 posted on 11/05/2010 5:22:56 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

They didn’t, that same year Winthrop Rockefeller was elected governor, the first since reconstruction.


28 posted on 11/05/2010 5:35:00 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Impy

Congressman Mike Ross had a lot of trouble defeating an ex Miss Arkansas, Mary Beth Rankin, who made speeches at several TEA party rallies. I went to one in south AR. The entitlement bunch didn’t vote for her.


29 posted on 11/06/2010 5:21:14 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: seemoAR; randita; AuH2ORepublican

He still won by 58-40 over (Beth-Anne) Rankin. He’s a stain on Arkansas. He’ll have to share the ticket with Obama one more time, I hope we can capitalize on that. We need a tip top recruit.


30 posted on 11/06/2010 5:11:40 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

He might be a stain but, he is in deep trouble if he can’t get more votes against a newcomer like Beth Anne. This should be his wake up call.


31 posted on 11/07/2010 5:00:12 AM PST by seemoAR
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To: Impy

Nope. Ever since being in Monster Ping, Parsy’s been pretty quiet.


32 posted on 11/08/2010 12:54:47 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Our 2010 victory was won the Tea Party Way, not the RINO way.)
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To: seemoAR; randita; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

Well in such a good year any Republican with a pulse should have been able to pull 40% so I can’t be overly impressed with Ms. Rankin’s showing. ;/


33 posted on 11/09/2010 4:37:27 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

Of course, we held that seat from 1993-2001 with Jay Dickey.


34 posted on 11/09/2010 4:50:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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