Friday, December 18, 2009

Senate Race News

*Stanley Reed is out only eight days after jumping in. He cites health reasons. I can testify that the business is extremely stressful.

*Jim Holt will return the number of candidates seeking the nomination to eight as he is now widely expected to announce at two big fundraisers to be held December 29th.

* Conrad Reynolds loses a Campaign Director, as K. Ryan James announces his resignation. There was no hint of friction. The explanation could be as simple as Reynolds is likely out of money to make payroll.

* Kim Hendren ponies up. He loans his campaign $200,000 out of his personal fortune. He will burn through that quickly with the expensive campaign pros that he hired out of Oklahoma.

* Gilbert Baker starts spending. He has talked about how much he can raise. Now he is using it to robocall and send out fliers. This after the SEIU inexplicably paid for attack ads against him.

* The SEIU is also paying off the massive campaign debt of Lt. Governor Bill Halter. I continue to theorize that Halter is preparing to jump in the Democratic primary against Blanche Lincoln.

* Bill Clinton backs Blanche. Halter's former boss does not seem to care for him much. Clinton has asked everyone to see that Blanche gets re-elected. Right. By now she is so unpopular she would lose to anyone who does not practice cannibalism. On TV.


Anonymous Rick said...

How many will start dropping out in January, February...,and at what point do we get down to 2 candidates?
This race will ultimately be between Holt and Baker with us finding another race between Lincoln and Holt in the General. It doesn't get any better than this.

4:53 AM, December 19, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the governor's race in Virginia earlier this year where the conservative won in a re-match against the liberal.

7:04 AM, December 19, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes that is just what we need in order to LOSE! Jim Holt is too far out of the mainstream to be elected statewide. 2004 and 2006 should prove this. About 44% of Arkansans vote Republican, that means we need to swing a good number of Independents and Conservative Democrats over to elect a Republican candidate. Holt appeals to neither, hence 2004 and 2006.

4:14 PM, December 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:14 Amous- Who do you say appeals to the independents, conservative democrats, and the Tea Partiers? Who can bring "it" all together Clint? Come on tell us. Maybe Huckapardon or Huckacommute? Or maybe one of his clones? Please tell us commoners what would be best for us.

5:40 PM, December 21, 2009  
Anonymous Rick said...

What is best for us is Jim Holt. I am sick and tired of seeing elected Republicans who act like Democrats. Holt appeals to Independents, Tea Party groups and Republicans like my self that's tired of the same ole politician's.

6:00 PM, December 21, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Anon 4:14

What 04 and 06 prove is that Jim Holt is the top Republican vote getter in this state, even without help from the insiders in the state or national party.

Most people don't realize how many votes Holt got in 04. More than any living Arkansas Republican. That is right, more than Huckabee, more than Hutchinson. And that was being outspent 50-1 when most folks did not know what a fink Lincoln is. Imagine if he actually got help from the state or national party!

I don't see how you can say the person who got more people to pull the lever for them than any Arkansas Republican alive is "too far outside the mainstream". Jim Holt got people to vote for him who had never voted for an Arkansas Republican before. That statement is mathematically indisputable.

In 06 the tide had swung against the GOP because of big spender Bush and his love of illegal aliens and his botching of the economy, along with the realization that Iraq was never really a threat to us. People held it against the whole Republican ticket because they were so mad at Bush. That was not just in this state, but nationwide.

Still, which Republican got more votes than any other in 06? Oh, that's right, Jim Holt. The Dems still had to step in and rescue Halter from a close race by dumping in tons of money late. The GOP under Gilbert Baker did nothing.

Maybe Baker had his eye on that Senate seat even then, and so would rather lose every state wide race than have Holt as the only state wide GOP office holder. For whatever reason, he refused to help win the only statewide office the GOP had a shot at, while the Democrats noticed that only one race was close and dumped money into that race.

7:31 PM, December 21, 2009  
Blogger Fire Blanche said...

Was looking forward to smoking out another fake-Conservative running for a spot in Washington, D.C and heaping huge amounts of scorn and derision on them for being a fraud. “Stanley” was nothing more than Blanche Lincoln without the bra and dress! And “Stanley” was also one of the top welfare “queens” of Arkansas with all of the millions of dollars of farm welfare he’s received. If “Stanley” was about to lose his farm, then that’s one thing as protecting America’s ability to always feed itself without having to rely on the importation of food and other critical agriculture products is indeed a vital national purpose. Just look at our sad reliance on foreign oil! But when you’ve got more money than you know what to do with and you’re stealing from taxpayers, well, you’re no better a person than the single mother who has 3 children with 3 different men and gets a whole bunch of welfare subsidies (food stamps, housing, school meals, etc.)!

8:54 AM, December 22, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:14 calls the guy whose gotten more republican votes in recent Arkansas history more out of the mainstream than guys put up by the Scozzafava McCain Newt Dole (4 big success stories that we need NOT duplicate) wing of the Arkansas Republican In Name Only Party. Stick to the platform like Der Magnus Reagan did. The Reagan democrats will come. The Constitutionalists are there. The Tea Partiers also.

11:26 AM, December 22, 2009  

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