Dueling gaffes in Arkansas

From time to time, I comment on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln and her political prospects. I’m told that a reader once wondered whether I was picking on her because, supposedly, she wouldn’t go on a date with me. As Jesse Jackson may have said: “I not only deny the allegation, I deny the alligator.”
I focus on Lincoln because (a) she holds a Senate seat in a conservative state, which means in theory that the Republicans should make a strong run at defeating her next year and (b) she seems like a bit of an air-head.
For example, she has just had to apologize for saying that protesters who heckle and jeer politicians at health care meetings are un-American. Like Sen. Lincoln, I disapprove of such heckling and jeering at townhall meetings (this still won’t get me that date, though). But to accuse those who act this way of being un-American is foolish, insulting, and in a sense maybe even un-American.
Unfortunately, some of the statements by Lincoln’s potential opponents in the 2010 Arkansas race make her recent gaffe seem almost innocuous. As The Politico points out, three of the GOP candidates running have already gotten into trouble by making controversial comments, and the Republicans are still looking to recruit a credible challenger.
JOHN, scratching his head, wonders: I’m curious about who thought Paul asked Blanche Lincoln for a date and got turned down. It certainly didn’t happen during our college years. As I recall, both girls whom Paul asked out said Yes. (Just kidding, Paul!) Not that I’m one to make fun: if I started writing blog posts about all the girls who refused to go out with me, I’d have no time for politics.
PAUL adds: Both girls said yes, but not to me.


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