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In Which Political Universe is Blanche Lincoln a “Centrist”?

If you’re in the mood for some incredibly lazy political reporting, check out this piece by Suzi Parker in the Christian Science Monitor, lamenting the supposedly precarious state of “centrist politics.”

Can a centrist senator survive in this pugilistic day of “pick a side”?

Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a moderate Democrat who hemmed and hawed over President Obama’s health-care reform before finally voting in favor of it, will get at least a partial answer on Tuesday, after the Arkansas primary.

One doesn’t usually associate “centrism” with threatening to filibuster your own party’s already moderate bill. If “centrist” means “mainstream,” then wrecking legislation which was supported by a clear majority of Arkansans clearly isn’t “centrist.”

Her worst nightmare: She’ll be out early, bested in the Democratic primary by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, who is running decidedly to her left.

And what’s the proof given that Halter’s “decidedly to her left”?

Halter has the support of liberal activists such as MoveOn, League of Conservation Voters, and unions.

Now, for Blanche Lincoln to be a “centrist” requires Halter to be a far-left liberal ideologue, which he’s decidedly not, and which is why Suzi Parker didn’t name a single far-left position of his. We are only told that those dirty hippies at MoveOn, most notable for their opposition to Clinton’s impeachment (a mainstream view) and the Iraq War (also mainstream), endorsed him. And since the League of Conservation Voters also endorsed the green radical socialist Harry Reid, we can see just how fringe and out-of-the-mainstream they truly are.

Regardless, Lincoln’s no centrist. She’s made a career of siding with her Fortune 500 masters over her constituents. A smart lady once wrote,

Some in the media will try to paint this as a “purge” of “moderates” from the Democratic party. It’s not. Blanche Lincoln is a radical corporatist. That’s not the “center” of anything.

Indeed. When will hacks like Suzi Parker figure that out?

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