Super Tuesday Ladies: Lincoln, Whitman, Fiorina, Haley
June 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—With 12 states holding primary elections yesterday, the overriding trend seems to be the rise of Republican conservative women. In California, two wealthy former businesswomen, Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman spent millions of their own money to cruise to victory yesterday. And the Democratic Sen. from Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln eked out a narrow runoff victory against primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, but at what cost? The labor unions heavily-backed Halter’s campaign against the conservative corporatist Lincoln. And the fallout and bad feelings between labor and the White House are just starting to reverberate. In South Carolina’s GOP gubernatorial race, state Rep. Nikki Haley overcame the scummy attacks by the Republican male establishment, of unsubstantiated extramarital affairs and ethnic slurs to capture 49 percent of a vote. She will enter a runoff race with Rep. Gresham Barrett and is expected to win.
Former eBay CEO Whitman, easily defeated state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. She will now face Attorney General Jerry Brown, who served as governor of California thirty-years ago and is now seeking a return stint.
To the delight of Democrats, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina cruised past former congressman Tom Campbell, considered the stronger candidate in the general election, and tea party favorite Chuck DeVore, in the GOP senatorial primary. Fiorina’s far-right conservatism and her executive failures and outsourcing of jobs, while at Hewlett-Packard, are expected to be highlighted by Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Blanch Lincoln’s victory yesterday, was a testament to the Democratic party machine and the support provided by former President Bill Clinton, who once served as governor of Arkansas. But Halter came very close to pulling off a primary upset, with the backing of the progressive netroots and the labor unions. In the general election, Lincoln’s GOP challenger John Boozman is polling double digits ahead of Lincoln and the progressive arm of the Democratic party, angry over Lincoln’s sandbagging of healthcare reform, is unlikely to support her.
Already, the fur is flying between the White House and the labor unions. Politco reported that an unnamed senior White House official (Rahm Emanuel?) couldn’t help but crow a little over Halter’s defeat at labor’s expense.
“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise,” the official said. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.”
Labor was quick to respond in kind. AFL-CIO spokesman Eddie Vale, said “labor isn’t an arm of the Democratic Party.” And Vale also slammed the unnamed senior White House official. “My name is Eddie Vale of the AFL-CIO and I’m proud to fight for working families and I don’t hide behind anonymous quotes.”
And lastly, in the Nevada GOP primary for senator, tea party fringe candidate Sharron Angle, beat out “chicken for checkups” Sue Lowden to face Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid in the general election. Angle’s win provides Reid with an opportunity to hang on to his seat.
Angle’s extremist wacky ideas, such as abolishing the Department of Education and social security benefits, as well as suggesting a return to prohibition, by making alcohol illegal, are sure to provide Reid with plenty of campaign fodder.