Skip to comments.New Cracks in Dem Voting Base (BigGovernment headline)
Posted on 03/15/2010 6:40:34 PM PDT by GVnana
WASHINGTON (AP) - For all the evidence of a divided GOP, the Democratic Party has its own widening cracks that could make a potentially bleak election year even more dour.
In just the past two weeks, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln became the latest Democratic incumbent to attract a primary challenger, anti-abortion Democrats fought hard to derail President Barack Obama's health care measure, and civil rights advocates and environmentalists likened the Democrat to George W. Bush.
Few pieces of the mosaic that is the Democratic Party seem happy.
Labor and gays are restless. Blacks and Hispanics are grumbling. Liberals and moderates are battling. Even some in Hollywood are disappointed.
Obama must bring togetherand fire upthe many Democratic coalitions if he hopes to minimize expected losses for his party this fall in his first midterm elections. The risk if he doesn't is that Democrats could become so disaffected that they stay home in November.
It's far from too late. Passage of the health care overhaul would mean a monumental victory for Obama just when he needs one. This president will have accomplished what others before him couldn't, a triumph that would give the fractured rank and file something to rally around.
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A moderate, Lincoln infuriated liberals by backing the 2008 Wall Street bailout while opposing a public insurance health care option and key union-organizing legislation. She was considered among the party's most vulnerable incumbents for months when Democratic Lt. Gov. Bill Halter got in the race.
Now, Lincoln is promoting her independence, saying in an ad: "I don't answer to my party, I answer to Arkansas."
Two other Senate Democrats facing tough racesSens. Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Michael Bennet in Coloradoalso have primaries even though the White House is backing the incumbents
Obama need ObamaCare. We've got them on the run. Now, this year, we finish it.
Their desperation to pass it shows how badly we need to stop it.
Its for all the marbles
Oh, my God -- the world's going to end -- we're all going to die!!!
Sorry Blanch, you already voted for the dang bill.....no taksies-backsies.