It’s looks pretty clear now that Blanche Lincoln will win a plurality in Arkansas tonight. But she’s got a hell of a race cut out for her going forward to June 8th. And here’s the thing to watch: Senate Dems took the preliminary steps this evening to strip her very aggressive derivatives amendment out the financial reform bill.
I think that’s going to be very easy for Halter to use as a political cudgel against her over the next three weeks. He’ll argue that it was all a ploy on her part and that as soon as the polls closed her allies in the Senate got ready to strip it out. Whether that’s completely fair or not, who knows? But that could be a punishing issue against Lincoln. I suspect we’ll hear more about this tomorrow.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.