Not a surprise, really that Obama is supporting Blanche Lincoln in her primary race against Bill Halter. She is after all the incumbent:
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed today that Obama will keep with his trend of supporting the sitting senator in party primaries, as he’s done with Sen. Arlen Specter over Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania and in supporting Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.
“We support Senator Lincoln as an incumbent senator,” Gibbs told reporters today during his daily briefing.
Here’s my question, though. Blanche is blasting Halter for having out-of-state support in his bid to unseat her.
Is she going to forgo support from outside the state? Do Barack Obama and the DSCC hail from Arkansas too? How about her donors at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Monsanto, Pfizer, Koch Industries — or the lobbyists at Patton Boggs, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, and Akin Gump?
I guess the lesson learned is that in Blanche’s world, “out of state” + powerful = good, “out of state” + grassroots = bad.